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✨ Taekwondo is an interesting Olympic Sport, constantly changing and upgrading in every aspect. Sometimes it's hard to keep up with everything... 🔊 This entertaining podcast tries to make it easier for the Taekwondo fans to keep up-to-date: • The updated competition rules and strategies. • Current topics and events in the world of Taekwondo. • What's new in the science of Training. 📆 Every Tuesday, César Valentim shares 30 minutes with Peter Nestler, on an entertaining conversation that brin ...
 
Taekwondo's #1 podcast, featuring interviews, news, training techniques, and information about Taekwondo from the pages of Taekwondo Life Magazine. We Celebrate Life Through Taekwondo, and here is the place to hear the best guests and get the most updated information on the art and sport of Taekwondo. From coverage of the Summer Olympics to the latest martial arts action film reviews, Taekwondo Life Magazine is always first on the scene with the most thorough coverage and enjoyable. Nominate ...
 
“Tae Kwon Do Matters” is a weekly podcast where 4th Dan Blackbelt Joel Lacsamana tackles his passion for Tae Kwon Do, and shares stories, and the history of various martial arts. Joel will interview a wide plethora of Tae Kwon Do and martial arts personalities, not just from the Philippines, but from all over Asia and other parts of the world. Our hope is to share this passion and to build a community around Tae Kwon Do and other martial arts. Find us on social media anywhere, in instagram a ...
 
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The 2022 USATKD Poomsae Grand Slam Wrap Up Show features Marc Zirogiannis' personal wrap up and explanation of this amazing Taekwondo event. The Poomsae Grand Slam is a 20 point competition featuring the top in the world class individual, pairs, and teams recognized, and freestyle divisions will be invited to participate in the Grand Slam. The Gran…
 
This episode starts Season 2 of our Podcast. It was recorded in the Summer 2022, but we had to delay the restart of our show due to professional commitments. In this episode, Coaches César Valentim and Choung Young Su talk about the matches at the World Junior and Cadet Championships, the new rules and how the players, coaches and referees adapted …
 
On November 19, 2022 Jason David Frank, better known as White/Green Power Ranger Tommy Oliver, passed away at the age of 49. Later news reports would reveal his death a suicide. Frank was a talented martial artist, have black belts in multiple styles, including Taekwondo. He was, in addition to being a television actor, was an MMA fighter and Marti…
 
In this episode Taekwondo Life Magazine Host and Editor, Marc Zirogiannis, gives a first hand account of the road to becoming a Taekwondo Sabumnim. This episode is a follow up to Episode 181, which was an account of the 91st Kukkiwon International Masters' Course held in NYC this past Summer. This episode introduces the Taekwondo Life audience to M…
 
Taekwondo Life Magazine's Marc Zirogiannis talks with Joe Corley - CEO, Jeff Smith - President, Sports Operations, Rick Roufus - Global Director of Fighter Development from PKA Worldwide about the exciting rebranding and changes coming to this historic Combat Sports League. About PKA Worldwide- Once a staple of televised combat sports in the 1970’s…
 
Host, Marc Zirogiannis, discussed the launch of the 2022-2023 Easter Collegiate Taekwondo Conference Season with its first event having been held at MIT this past weekend. From the ECTC website, "The Eastern Collegiate Taekwondo Conference (ECTC), formerly known as the Ivy Northeast Collegiate Taekwondo League (INCTL), is a 501(c)3 non-profit colle…
 
Marc Zirogiannis reviews Scott Adkins' newest martial arts action film, Accident Man: Hitman's Holiday. This is a sequel to 2018's great film, Accident Man. Accident Man 2 is a really great martial arts action film. Set in Malta, the story revolves around the interruption of Adkins’ new life, as he is forced to protect the ungrateful son of a mafia…
 
The United Nations General Assembly took place this week in NYC. Among the visiting international representatives visiting the United States was South Korea’s current President, Yoon Suk-yeol. During United Nations’ week security is extremely heightened. There is a massive coordination of efforts between international security forces, Federal law e…
 
This past weekend KTA NY and Kukkiwon conducted a multi-day Live International Masters Course and Pool/Dan Examiner Course in Queens, NYC. These Live training and testing sessions were attended by Masters and Grandmasters from all over the world. The Live training followed 18 hours of online training and the passing of a rigorous exam. Marc Zirogia…
 
Marc Zirogiannis takes a look at just a few of the amazing Taekwondo events that took place over the course of the Summer of 2022. From the USAT Grand Prix series to the Nassau County Korean-American Cultural event. Taekwondo Life Magazine talks about: The USAT Grand Prix Series The AAU Nationals The USAT Nationals The Taekwondo Hall of Fame Induct…
 
Marc Zirogiannis reports from the 2022 Taekwondo Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, which took place on Friday August 19, 2022at the luxurious Grand Hyatt Regency in Jersey City, USA. The Taekwondo Hall of Fame is the brainchild of Grandmaster Gerald Robbins. Grandmaster Robbins was a guest of Taekwondo Life Magazine back in March 2019. He explained …
 
Last week NYS Gubernatorial Candidate, Lee Zeldin, was attacked by a man at a campaign rally in Monroe NY. Fortunately for Rep. Zeldin he was not seriously hurt, and the man has been charged in NYS and Federally. Marc Zirogiannis analyzes the attack and how Zeldin and his team's flawed response to discuss the proper way to handle such an attack. Th…
 
Baby Assassins is Fast and Fun! Baby Assassins is the latest release from Well Go USA Entertainment to come out of the Japanese market and it is both fast and fun. This well paced and well Directed action comedy can not help but engage you from the opening scene. Synopsis Upon graduation, highly trained teenage assassins Chisato and Mahiro are info…
 
Taekwondo is a combat sport. In that regards there always exists the potential for a head trauma that could result in a concussion. Both USA Taekwondo and AAU Taekwondo have protocols in place to protect athletes who experience head trauma. The question is: How well does these organizations communicate with each other to protection of sparring athl…
 
An update on some Taekwondo events occurring on or about the July 4th Weekend and beyond. These include the weekend Kukkiwon Expo taking place in Washington DC. The AAU Nationals are also taking place this weekend in Las Vegas. The USAT Nationals will be taking place later this month in Salt Lake City, Utah. Additionally, LIVE MMA will take place i…
 
Marc Zirogiannis takes a look at the, just announced, Taekwondo pathways to qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympics. World Taekwondo released a guidance document for Taekwondo nations and athletes. Much of the information is contained in the document and much of the information is the same as has been since the Sydney 2000 Olympics. That document can b…
 
In this episode Marc Zirogiannis looks at the 2022 Grand Prix East USA Taekwondo event which took place this past weekend in Daytona Beach Florida. The Grand Prix East is the 3rd event in the Grand Prix series leading up to the 2022 Taekwondo Nationals, which will take place on Salt Lake City, Utah this year. These events are the first in the USA t…
 
The new rules are the only ones in use now. We've seen these at the Grand Prix and many other events. Is the new Taekwondo fighting style here to stay? In this episode, Coaches César Valentim and Peter Nestler talk about the matches at the Grand Prix, the new rules and how the players, coaches and referees adapted to these. The good and the bad abo…
 
Karnage MMA PPV Live in NYC-July 8. The Main Card: Venum Blacc v Fair Play Under Cards: Robert McElroy v. CPU Kyle “The Viking” Jones v. Brian Tracy Jarrel Coates V. Dwight Cephas Korey Kenderr V. Kenny Fuego Bristow Welter Weights and Light HeavyWeight Bouts. Date: July 8, 2022 Place: NYC-353 West Street, NY, NY 10014* Details: Once tickets are bo…
 
In the age of wearable technology, Olympic Taekwondo can benefit tremendously from the solutions out there. Monitoring Performance using Heart Rate Variability has been deeply studied in the past decade. In this episode, Coach César Valentim interviews Ph.D. Christoph Rottensteiner, Sports Scientist and manager at Firstbeat Technologies, the leadin…
 
Marc Zirogiannis provides a review of the new Jesse V. Johnson action film, White Elephant (2022). This is the last film of Bruce Willis The film is the long delayed brain child of former stunt man, writer, and Director Jesse V. Johnson. The plot is simple-“When two cops witness an assassination attempt, a ruthless crime boss orders Gabriel Tancred…
 
Strength and Conditioning for Taekwondo on the modern age of wearables and technology is very exciting. How to analyse your athetles, monitor and plan for an injury-free success. In this episode, Coach César Valentim will share his knowledge and his methods on S&C training. His modern approach with scientific backing has been recognized by several …
 
USATKD is proud to announce the 2-year appointment of our National Poomsae Coaching Staff: Head Coach Dan Chuang and National Coaches Jung Jin and Huy Nguyen. The coaches have worked together since 2016 and are excited to launch from the immense success of the 2022 World Poomsae Championships where Team USA captured 3 gold, 8 silver, and 15 bronze.…
 
IP MAN: THE AWAKENING, the Well Go USA Entertainment release debuting exclusively on the martial arts streaming service Hi-YAH! this Friday (May 20)before hitting Digital, Blu-ray™ and DVD June 21 from Well Go USA Entertainment. Marc Zirogiannis provides a review of the latest film in a series of International, Chinese exports about the legendary t…
 
The European Championships took place last week in Manchester and, we now take a look at the event, the surprises and the challenges. Our guest this week is Mario Glasnovic, from Croatia, Olympic Coach. In this episode, Coaches César Valentim, Peter Nestler and Mario Glasnovic have a nice chat about the recently completed European Championships. To…
 
We've talked about the new rules and how these change the game. What changes need to be implemented when it comes to Strength and Conditioning? Ariel Longo is a Sports Scientist, working with Panamerican Champion and Olympian Milena Titoneli. In this episode, Coaches César Valentim and Ariel Longo discuss the changes and challenges to the condition…
 
After several test events, the Competition Rules were revised. The first official event that used this set of rules was the Panamerican Championship. What have we learned from watching this event? In this episode, Coaches César Valentim and Peter Nestler discuss the new rules as they were enforced at the Panamerican Championships. The changes and t…
 
World Taekwondo (WT) has revised the sport's rules to make it more interesting after receiving criticism during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games for "foot fencing". Foot fencing is where athletes keep one leg in the air and hop on the other foot in an attempt to score a kick with the lofted leg. It is technically legal but considered bad form. Marc Zir…
 
Hugo Guerra is a Psychologist and Mental Trainer for several Taekwondo sportspeople. Listen to his strategies to maximize sports performance and how he deals with some situations. In this episode, Coaches César Valentim and Hugo Guerra talk about the importance of Mental Training in our sport. In this episode, you can get some tips and listen to ho…
 
The Goyang 2022 World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships took place on April 21-24 as over 900 athletes and 224 officials from 63 countries retuned after a 4 year hiatus. Korea retained its dominance by garnering 20 Gold medals. Taipei took second (2nd) place. The United States, landing in third place (3rd) garnered a total of 28 medals and had their …
 
Master Ali Ghafour is the CEO of 2020 Armor systems and CEO of the United Battle League. His knowledge in technology and passion for Taekwondo had him create a scoring system and even a new set of competition rules. In this episode, Coaches César Valentim and Ali Ghafour talk about the impact technology has in our sport. Listen to his insights on t…
 
The Goyang 2022 World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships is set to get underway on April 21-24 as a record 760 athletes and 224 officials from 63 countries will take part in the event after a four-year break. The 2020 World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships were cancelled due to the Global Pandemic. During that time Online Poomsae practice and competiti…
 
Coach Dennis White has been running a successful Taekwondo Program in Florida. He has had several athletes in the National Team and trained Junior World Champion and Olympic winner Anastasija Zolotic. In this episode, Coaches César Valentim and Dennis White talk about the challenges of developing Olympic Level athletes in the USA. Listen to his ins…
 
Marc Zirogiannis takes a look at the April/May 2022 issue of Taekwondo Life Magazine which is available now in digital and print. https://tkdlifemagazine.com/subscribe... The issue includes an in-depth interview with Amster Tony Byon. To see his full interview see: https://youtu.be/ze-aPy9OHJA The issue also includes content from the Kukkiwon, Worl…
 
World Taekwondo introduced new competition rules in February, these were tested in Belgium, Puerto Rico and Spain. What have we seen, and how has the game changed? In this episode, Coaches César Valentim and Peter Nestler talk about the application of the new rules that were tested in a few events in the last couple of weeks. Listen to their insigh…
 
Coach Peter Bardatsos and Master Joseph Lupo join Taekwondo Life Magazine for a look at their upcoming Legends Ultra II Seminar (April 29-30, 2022). This is an amazing opportunity for Ultra Sparring athletes to get train, bond, and prepare for the remainder of the 2022 Taekwondo competition season. To find out more please visit: https://form.jotfor…
 
Coach Max Chyna and his colleagues at Sporthalle Wien are a national reference in Austria for S&C. He works with the top athletes from the Wien Taekwondo Centre, several Olympic teams and professional athletes. In this episode, Coaches César Valentim and Max Chyna talk about his Strength and Conditioning programs, sharing some of his methods and se…
 
Master Tony Byon spoke with Taekwondo Life Magazine's Marc Zirogiannis in February, 2022 as a precursor to his Cover Story for the April/May 2022 issue of Taekwondo Life Magazine. Master Byon is a lifelong Taekwondo practitioner, a competitor, Coach, and Master. He is actively working with the Jamaican National Taekwondo Team as his prepares to qua…
 
Coach Diego Morine is the S&C Coach from both the Olympic and Paralympic Taekwondo Teams in Brazil. He has experience in both fields of Taekwondo and Sports Science. In this episode, Coaches César Valentim and Diego Morine talk about the differences and similarities in building an S&C program for Taekwondo and Para Taekwondo. Listen to his insights…
 
How To Improve Your Local Taekwondo Tournament (Part 2)- We take a look at the top five (5) of ten of the top things local Taekwondo Organizers can do to improve the tournament experience for spectators, athletes, and coaches. Part 1 can be found here: https://youtu.be/xYCfpjOpt5o Here are the Top 5: 5. Require Schools To Have Adequate Coaches Avai…
 
One of the big staff recruitments of 2022 was in Brazil, their new Head Coach, Juan Moreno, is a three-time Olympian (1988, 1992, 2000) and two-time Olympic silver medalist (1988 and 1992). He is an Olympic Coach since 2008. In this episode, Coaches César Valentim and Juan Moreno talk about Brazilian Taekwondo and their strategies for this Olympic …
 
How To Improve Your Local Taekwondo Tournament (Part 1)- We take a look at five out of ten of the top things local Taekwondo Organizers can do to improve the tournament experience for spectators, athletes, and coaches. Part 2 will reveal the Top 5. 10. Offer Real Food- 9. Pick an adequate venue - 8. Prepare preliminary division brackets ahead of to…
 
Three years in the USA and already achieved Gold at Pan Am Games, Continental Championships and Olympic Games. In this episode, Coaches César Valentim and Gareth Brown discuss the new rules and the changes we can expect in June 2022. Coach Brown and CJ Nickolas, from USA Taekwondo Academy, tell us a bit about their life in Colorado, the USA TKD Hig…
 
March 8, 2022 marks the United Nations' 2022 International Women's Day. At Taekwondo Life Magazine and in the Taekwondo world we honor our prominent and exciting women all over the world. While there are so many women we could feature we have limited time so on the episode we are spotlighting just a few that represent a broad spectrum. All women in…
 
The World Taekwondo Federation approved amendments to the rules, with new formats and new categories in some age divisions. In this episode, Coaches César Valentim and Peter Nestler discuss the new rules and the impact these have in training and competitions. Is the new format of best of three an improvement or will it backfire? This podcast is sup…
 
Monday, February 28, 2022- The Official Statement of the IOC on Russian Athletes. The Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) discussed again today the dilemma the Olympic Movement is currently facing after the breach of the Olympic Truce by the Russian government and the government of Belarus through its support in this. …
 
The World Championships are pushed to later in the year, leaving the Continental Championships as the first big objective for most teams. In this episode, Coaches César Valentim and Peter Nestler discuss the strategies teams are taking, on the road to the upcoming Continental Championships. What's the big difference between competing in Europe and …
 
The Taekwondo Photo Shared Around The World. As international unrest captivated the entire world this week one photograph transcended the violence and military engagement as Russia entered the Ukraine. That photo showed a Russian Taekwondo Athlete sitting with a Ukrainian Taekwondo athlete in the spirit of competition and harmony. This photograph d…
 
Fistful of Vengeance (2022)-Movie Review. Fistful of Vengeance is a martial arts fantasy directed by Roel Reine' Starring Iko Uwais and Lewis Tan. This Netflix original film picks up where the cancelled series, Wu Assassins, left off. I give it a rating of 3/5 stars. Marc Zirogiannis provides his review of the new Wu Assassins film for Netflix. He …
 
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