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Ørjan Nilsen
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Taekwondo "Blocks"
This will be a post that focuses on the application(s) of Taekwondo "Makki-techniques". Makki is a Korean word that is usually translated into "block" in English. Makki being "block" is a valid translation so I will not say that it is a mistaken translation...

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Taegeuk Chil Jang revisited (Follow up from outward backfist strike)
After posting the article on facebook Martin asked me what happen after the outward backfist strike. He had a different application, so he was wondering what to do from the position you end up in in my application. Some say that the Taegeuk forms lack appli...

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Are you making this common mistake in Taegeuk 7 Jang????
Teaching yesterday (at the time of writing) was a blast! In the bulk of the session I focused on the performance of Poomsae and drilled some applications from the Poomsae we were working on. This "jumping" from Poomsae to Poomsae let me introduce the possib...

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Help wanted: need questions for a Q&A post


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2016 in retrospect and where do we go from here?
Its been a busy few days in the new year, and suddenly we are way past the halfway mark of January. Each year in January I sit down, look through the stats and look back at what I`ve done the last 12 months on my blog. The whole year has been a very busy on...

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Application GIF's from earlier articles
My phone apparently made a lot of gif like files from related photographs I've taken to illustrate earlier articles. Some feedback implies that people prefer video to photographs, but the reason I like to take photos instead of video is that I can use the p...

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Pointless discussions and why they are pointless
Strange title today is it not? The reason for this posts existance is that I have experienced watching people discuss (and spending valuable partner time) the merits of the different blocks applied purely as blocks in step sparring. Now those who read this ...

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Why Taekwondo history research matter
Introduction: I put a lot of emphasis on both my writings, research and energy (not to say money as well) into learning and understanding Taekwondo and martial arts history. Often I am asked why I bother with it, as there is perceived to be very little to g...

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Micro post; Quote of the month


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The interconnectedness of Poomsae
(Note that there are no illustrations here at this time. I am posting this to give you more material to read, and if you know a little of my Methods or you have read my material you should be able to follow just fine without illustrations. I will update thi...
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