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Hereandtao
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 16, 2017 1:28 pm    Post subject: Taekwondo curriculum Reply with quote

Hey, everyone. I was just wondering if any of you know of a good resource, be it a book or website or whatever, for a solid Taekwondo curriculum. I am an upper belt now, but I feel like my teacher has been winging his lesson plans for a long time, and I'm not really learning anything new. I want to be a better martial artist, but I'm not sure how to proceed on my own, so any advice would be appreciated.
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DWx
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 16, 2017 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What style of TKD do you do Hereandtao? Kukkiwon? ITF? ATA? The curriculums are different across each.

To be honest you'll be limited in what you can gain without an instructor and instructor feedback. That said there are some great resources or there nowadays for anyone looking to supplement their training.

Have a look at the following on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/user/kwonkicker
https://www.youtube.com/user/GingerNinjaTrickster
https://www.youtube.com/user/tkdcoaching
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMc95Uvuz52fG1hx4hAQ__g

For books, if you do ITF the best resource will be The Condensed Encyclopedia by Gen. Choi. I believe there is an equivalent book from the Kukkiwon detailing the curriculum. For ATA or the others in not sure what's out there but you should be able to find something.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 16, 2017 4:59 pm    Post subject: Re: Taekwondo curriculum Reply with quote

Hereandtao wrote:
Hey, everyone. I was just wondering if any of you know of a good resource, be it a book or website or whatever, for a solid Taekwondo curriculum. I am an upper belt now, but I feel like my teacher has been winging his lesson plans for a long time, and I'm not really learning anything new. I want to be a better martial artist, but I'm not sure how to proceed on my own, so any advice would be appreciated.

To the bold type above...

You're still practicing as often as you can all that you've been taught thus far?? Have you mastered all that you've been taught?? Have you spoken with your instructor about your frustrations respectfully??

I know you want to be a better MAist; I sense that. PATIENCE WHILE LEARNING!! MA betterment is achieved but only in time!!

Do you still believe in your instructor, outside of your frustration??

Do you still believe that your instructor challenges you often??

If no to these last 2 questions is a NO, then maybe it's time to go. Who's fault is that...you and/or your instructor??!!??



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 17, 2017 5:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To add to what DWx said, the ATA does have their own encyclopedia volumes titled "The Way," one volume for each colored belt rank, and one for traditions and philosophies, if you are in the ATA.

Please, tell us which system you are in, and what forms set it uses, as this will be much more helpful.

Outside of the forms and perhaps one-step sparring your system might do, anything else that is taught is purely going to be preference of your instructor, as there isn't any hard and fast rules as to what instructors have to teach their students. Perhaps you could explain a little bit more to us about what you do in your classes and what you are looking to expand on.
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Luther unleashed
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 5:20 am    Post subject: Re: Taekwondo curriculum Reply with quote

sensei8 wrote:
Hereandtao wrote:
Hey, everyone. I was just wondering if any of you know of a good resource, be it a book or website or whatever, for a solid Taekwondo curriculum. I am an upper belt now, but I feel like my teacher has been winging his lesson plans for a long time, and I'm not really learning anything new. I want to be a better martial artist, but I'm not sure how to proceed on my own, so any advice would be appreciated.

To the bold type above...

You're still practicing as often as you can all that you've been taught thus far?? Have you mastered all that you've been taught?? Have you spoken with your instructor about your frustrations respectfully??

I know you want to be a better MAist; I sense that. PATIENCE WHILE LEARNING!! MA betterment is achieved but only in time!!

Do you still believe in your instructor, outside of your frustration??

Do you still believe that your instructor challenges you often??

If no to these last 2 questions is a NO, then maybe it's time to go. Who's fault is that...you and/or your instructor??!!??




The old school angle. I appreciate this attitude of mastering what you know first and speaking with your instructor. I have to say though Iím not a fan of it. I think itís a great reason why many quit. Some will quit anyways, but some perhapse got bored. Iím personally ok with students moving forward, as long as they are still training what is taught to them in class.

We are in a fast pace society, and although rank should take time IMHO, I feel not only allowing but encouraging students to look ahead is a positive thing.

I just donít think instructors have the time to always show students all they seek in class when it comes to looking to the future. I know I donít. I see it similar to them training in other arts, which Iím also a big fan of. I want students to seek their own path, because itís what I did.
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