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Old 06-24-2010, 19:41   #22
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Originally Posted by LApm9 View Post
I studied American-Korean TKD.

Your set of questions are interesting in that they place importance in the style of the techniques taught. In the association I was in the greatest emphasis was placed on developing the mind, though the physical aspects were not neglected.

Situational awareness, self-control, mental clarity, confidence, tactical skills and focus were the most valuable things I learned. These skills should be common between and equally transferable between different styles.

I noted that entrants from different styles blended into our association well, as American-Korean TKD was a "non-traditional" style. For instance, the instructors were interested in, not dismissive of, the classical American wrestling techniques I employed in our groundfighting sessions.

As for the bowing and rigid protocols: I found this was very helpful in developing self control and respect for position.

Thank you for your illuminating response.

'Drew
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