The obvious martial arts focus is on the young: as children develop and grow, martial arts helps with co-ordination, flexibility, reaction speed, moral sensibility, co-operation, respect and a sense of being better able to understand and control one’s body.

There is a family in Halifax, Canada where a 10-year-old girl is about to test for her 2nd Dan black belt at the same time her 72-year-old grandmother, who took up taekwondo after a heart attack, will test for her 1st Dan. Part of the grandmother’s test involves 100 pushups. (The journalist does not relate how many pushups the girl must do).

The grandmother’s instructor tailored a specific training program for her, as you might expect. It’s not that different a perspective to teaching 5-year-olds, its just that their tailored programs are more widely adopted.

“Taekwondo is all about doing the best that you can do”, says the student, whether they are 72 or 5 years old. They share a common outlook in their training which spans the years (although the grandmother has the advantage of being able to count as far as 100!).

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The inclusion of karate in the 2020 Games for the first time will highlight both the similarities and differences of karate and taekwondo.

The WTF claims it doesn’t feel threatened by the inclusion of karate just this one time.

However, the karate competition will rather excitingly consist of both kumite and kata, of both fighting and patterns.  Maintaining the integrity of the martial art in this way – in a way that taekwondo has failed to do – is a bold step. There are a lot of taekwondo clubs now referring to taekwondo as a “sport” rather than a “martial art”, solely because of its inclusion in the Olympics. Will karate be able to resist?

It’s the age old question: which is the best martial art, karate or taekwondo? Maybe its neither of those, but hapkido or kung fu? Whichever your answer, I would bet that it’s the martial art that you do, not the strange club next door.

Has the question got boring yet? No! Almost the first thing I remember when I started taekwondo at age 12 was being told that we were “so much better than…” I don’t remember who, as it happens.

Is it a useful stance to take, instilling a pride in what you do, or does it encourage an unjustified arrogance that leads to half-hearted training in the long run?


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