What is Self Defence?

Coming soon to TKDCoaching.com… a class by Master Ian Campbell teaching his philosophy around self defence. Read more about Master Campbell here.

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Snippets of amazing old footage

DON’T FORGET TO WATCH No. 10 – Paul McPhail performs Juche forwards and backwards

For my 5th degree black belt grading in 1993 I thought it would be a cool idea to perform Juche Tul forwards then backwards for General Choi.

The plan failed miserably as I started the backwards part… I hadn’t even considered the possibility that General Choi would take offence to it. He turned his head and refused to watch. I figured… well… I may as well carry on now and struggled through to the end.

I passed the grading so I guess the General had forgiven me by the day the results were announced.

Here is the footage of the pattern at the grading.

What is Self Defence?

Master Ian Campbell worked for the New Zealand Department of Corrections for 34 years and was selected to become a Control and Restraints Instructor and Master Trainer for “Tactical options”, designing and facilitating communication and physical interventions strategies for  coaching new frontline staff.

This video gives some insight into his teachings of Self Defence. Read more about Master Campbell here.

Adrian Byrne Interviews

Master Adrian Byrne presents a series of seminars on ITF sparring.

Master Byrne’s philosophy is totally different to almost everything you’ve heard about teaching and learning sparring.

We interviewed Master Byrne about his philosophies and what he covered in the sessions we recorded.

Videos coming to TKDCoaching soon.

Ground Self Defence

For the 1st to 2nd dan grading we have Ground Self Defence as the syllabus requirement, and this video shows the course where Mr Thompson introduced this to our instructors

Classic IIC : Gen Choi in Jamaica 2001

Over a decade has now passed since the Founder of Taekwon-Do passed away. Every now and then I reflect that most of the people in my classes, even senior black belts, never got to meet and train with General Choi. That is a great pity as he was certainly a legend – an amazing figure and source of incredible knowledge.

In April 2002, practically on his death-bed, Gen Choi travelled to the United States to fulfil his promise to Grand Master CE Sereff to teach a course for his students. That was considered his last IIC. The previous September was the last full course, held in Jamaica shortly after the devastation of 9/11. As you will hear him say at the end of the video, the world was chaotic and people were afraid to travel. But 30 fanatical Taekwon-Do students gathered in Jamaica regardless to learn from the man himself.