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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 ...
 
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Master Super Stretch, Dennis Torres, one of the earliest members of the Famed Guardian Angels, joins Taekwondo Life Magazine for a discussion of the founding of the organization in 1979, the mission of the Guardian Angels, and its current status. Master Stretch discusses martial arts training in the organization and the community martial arts progr…
 
As 2020 draws to a close Taekwondo Life Magazine takes a look at this very difficult year. From the Taekwondo community's approach to the global Pandemic to a look at the growth of Taekwondo Life Magazine's multi-media platform into an international powerhouse this episode brings our occasional and new listeners up to date on everything happening i…
 
As the second decade of the 21st Century draws to a close we figured it was a good a time as any to list our top 5 fight scenes so far this Century. The criteria for this list was that the film needed to be a martial arts film released since the year 2000, and the fight scene needed to be a “person to person” fight. Fight scenes with multiple oppon…
 
Will the Tokyo Olympics Ever Happen? The 2020 Tokyo Olympics was one of the many casualties of the Worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. Only three (3) prior times in the modern history of the Summer Games have the Olympics been cancelled. In early 2020 the IOC decided to delay the start of the games due to the worldwide medical crisis. Now as the year 2021…
 
Steve Grogan has been practicing Wing Chun Kung Fu since 1995. Unfortunately, martial arts don't exist in a bubble for any of us. Other things in life prevented him from attending class as much as he wanted, a fact that he mentions up front. You can't call him 'Sifu,' but you CAN call him a problem solver. The purpose of THE LONE WARRIOR book and a…
 
Mike Tyson took on Roy Jones, Jr on Saturday November 28, 2020 for a historic fight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Taekwondo Life Magazine covered the entire event; from the press junkets prior to the fight, the weigh-in, the match, and post-fight analysis. This episode provides a look at this long awaited event, a break down of the judge's …
 
Taekwondo Life Magazine's special coverage the MEDIA DAY Press Conference for the historic Mike Tyson v. Roy Jones Jr. match to be held on Saturday November 28, 2020 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Hear Jones and Tyson in their own words at this event. Support the show (https://squareup.com/store/tae-kwon-do-life-magazine/item/podcast-support…
 
Marc Zirogiannis, Taekwondo Life Magazine's host, recommends some essential reading for Taekwondo practitioners. From practical books on Taekwondo to techniques to books on self and life improvement there are boundless books to choose from. Taekwondo Life Magazine provides some insight into a handful of book that are worth an investment of time and…
 
As the Global Pandemic of 2020 began to escalate Taekwondo schools around the world began to close their doors, indefinitely. Many Taekwondo schools made monumental changes in their delivery mechanisms, implementing online classes and alternative training programs to provide a lifeline to their student populations. While these programs were able to…
 
Amy Johnston is an American Actress and 3rd Degree Black Belt. She has been a stunt double on major films such as Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Deadpool. She has starred in such martial arts action films as Lady Blood Fight, and Female Fight Squad. Following her first two films Johnston starred in the award winning short film titled The G…
 
2020 saw the rise of the greatest worldwide medical crisis in 100 years. Sickness and death have not been the only consequences of this global pandemic. The world has seen a rise in anti-Asian sentiment as a result of misconceptions, conspiracy theories, and ignorance about the nature and origins of COVID-19. The era has been marked by political fi…
 
Nina Park is a 3rd Dan Taekwondo practitioner, musician, songwriter, and world traveler. After 13 years of yoga practice Nina became a certified yoga teacher in order to help others discover the life improving benefits of this practice. As a second generation Taekwondoist Nina offers a unique perspective on the benefits of yoga study for the Taekwo…
 
Gabriella Corvina is a Martial Artist and Actress known for her Martial Arts and Action Films. She has over 17 years of martial arts experience, including Boxing, Kick-Boxing, American Kenpo Karate, Filipino Arnis, and Brazilian Jui Jitsu. She came to the attention of Taekwondo Life Magazine when she showcased her fighting skills in an Oikos Yogurt…
 
Friday September 4, 2020 marked International Taekwondo Day. Taekwondo Life Magazine compiled some messages from our Taekwondo Family. From Grandmaster YH Park in NY to Master Monsour del Rosario of the Philippines, as well as from Taekwondowon and World Taekwondo in Korea (where it is already World Taekwondo Day). Master Erica Linthorst shares a s…
 
Guest, Grandmaster Keith Vitali, talks with Taekwondo Life Magazine about his martial arts life and career. Keith Vitali is the legendary, Taekwondo trained, full contact fight champion, movie star, producer, teacher, and author. He was named one of the 10 best All-time, full contact, and point fighter in the world by Black Belt Magazine. His legen…
 
Master David Zabransky is a Taekwondo Master, Retired NYC Police Sergeant, and family man, including being the father of four Taekwondo students. He began his training in college, under the tutelage of Grandmaster Y.H. Park, as part of his preparation for a life in law enforcement. After 30 years he made his way up the ranks of the police departmen…
 
Kickstart Kids is a martial arts character development program non-profit organization, formed by Chuck Norris on August 16, 1990 as the Kick Drugs Out of America Foundation. In 1992, with the help of former President George H.W. Bush, the program was officially implemented in four schools in the Houston area: Burbank, Central, Hamilton, and Hogg. …
 
Sabumnim Edward Park, Certified Sixth Degree Black Belt, and Head Master Instructor at the YH Park Taekwondo Academy of Levittown, NY is the guest host on this week's episode. He is a second generation Taekwondo master. In addition to being a superior martial artist, instructor, and philanthropist, Master Edward developed a series of creative, virt…
 
On August 7, 2020, Taekwondo Master Valerie Loureda secured a TKO over Tara Graff in Bellator MMA #243 at the Mohegan Sun. Master Loureda, in the closing seconds of the second round, finished the fight with two devastating punches and a top mount. We bring you her post fight remarks as part of our continuing coverage of her fight and career. Look f…
 
Taekwondo Master Valerie Loureda decisively defeated Tara Graff in Bellator MMA #243 on August 6, 2020. In the closing seconds of Round 2, it was not Taekwondo kicks, but a flurry of hook punches that finished Graff. Bellator #243 took place at the Mohegan Sun Casino and Resort, with no spectators. The preliminary fights were simulcast on YouTube. …
 
Talking The Power of Nunchi is the topic of this week's episode. What is Nunchi? Korean born and raised people know Nunchi as the art of instantly understanding what people are thinking and feeling, in order to improve your relationships in life. It emphasizes using all your five senses and the all-important sixth sense, as well as speed, and liste…
 
Lauren Mary Kim is a martial artist, dancer, stunt person, and motion capture artist. After earning her Taekwondo Black Belt she went on to study Wushu, Kali, weapons and more as she emerged as an esteemed Hollywood martial arts stunt and action star. She talks with Taekwondo Life Magazine's Marc Zirogiannis about her work with Jackie Chan, Michael…
 
Dr. Paul Ledesma joins Taekwondo Life Magazine for a discussion of the Extreme Mist Portable Sanitizing Solution for Your Dojang. This sanitization delivery mechanism, derived from Ron Laikind's The Extreme Mist Portable Cooling System, may be the convenient, efficient, and effective solution to addressing sterilization and sanitation in the COVID-…
 
JuJu Chan is "The Female Bruce Lee", or at least that is what she has come to be called by her international fan base. Juliana 'JuJu' Chan is a Hong Kong-born American actress, martial artist, model, singer, scholar, and writer. She was also a winner in the Miss Chinatown USA 2009 pageant. Juju was a member of the Hong Kong National Taekwondo Team …
 
Martial Arts Growth with Mike Gowans is the topic of this week's episode. Mike Gowans is the founder and CEO of a company designed to assist Taekwondo Dojang owners, and martial arts business people, in developing and maximizing their sales and student recruitment strategy. According to Mike "MartialArtsGrowth.com helps martial arts entrepreneurs u…
 
Mike Fury's Life of Action is a two part compendium of some of the greatest martial arts and action film stars of the last 50 years. Mike Fury joins Taekwondo Life Magazine's Marc Zirogiannis to discuss his sold-out Life of Action and the recent release of Life of Action II, the highly anticipated sequel. Mike is a martial artist, a journalist, and…
 
Dave Young joins Marc Zirogiannis for a talk about the newly released "Dave Young Issue (July/August 2020)" of Taekwondo Life Magazine, his book, self-defense training, and working with Taekwondo Dojangs in the Pandemic. Dave Young is an internationally recognized personal safety and defensive tactics expert who is a long-standing member of the Tae…
 
We are talking AAU Taekwondo on this episode of Taekwondo Life Magazine. Grandmaster Bobby Stone, the AAU Taekwondo National Chair, joins Marc Zirogiannis for a discussion on the history and purpose of AAU Taekwondo. AAU Taekwondo and its 15,000 members have been a part of the Amateur Athletic Union since 1974. The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) is a…
 
Thekla Hutyrova Talks Taekwondo, Tricks & Marvel Stunts with Marc Zirogiannis on this episode of Taekwondo Life Magazine Live. Thekla is a Taekwondo trained martial artist, stunt person, and professional martial arts tricking specialist. Her innate talent and hard work lead her from the traditional martial arts to demonstrations and into the world …
 
Phil Pierce is a Master of Mental Combat. After surviving a vicious attack he began to train in Taekwondo as a means of self-defense and self-development. He began the study of Kung Fu and began a journey traveling the world and studying the martial arts. He trained extensively in China, Thailand, the United States, as well as his home country of t…
 
Hi-YAH! Martial Arts Movie Channel is the subject of this week's episode. Hi-Yah! is the new martial arts and Asian action movie channel from Well Go USA Entertainment. The channel, available in stand alone, or as an add-on to several streaming services including Amazon prime, features hundreds of hours of programming, refreshed monthly, including …
 
The legacy of Master Robert J. Clark is significant on the spread of Taekwondo in the United States, yet most modern practitioners have never heard his name. Born in 1913 he was a scholar and athlete, having earned a spot on the 1932 US Olympic Swim Team. Dr. Clark was a military trained man, and in his travels came to be acquainted with Grandmaste…
 
The Films of Iko Uwais are among the best martial arts action films ever made. Although Uwais had small roles in the films Rogue One and Man of Tai Chi, the world was, largely, unaware of the catalogue of action films he had starred in. It was not until his lead role in the English speaking, martial arts action series, Wu Assassins, premiered on Ne…
 
Scott Adkins is the leading martial arts movie star in the world today. Growing up in the United Kingdom he had a passion for martial arts and the movies. By age 9 he began his martial arts journey, starting with Judo, and moving on to Taekwondo. He later ventured into the study of Ninjutsu, Krav Maga, Karate, Wushu, Jiujitsu, Muay Thai, and Capoei…
 
Debt Collectors (2020) is bloody good fun. This sequel to the 2018’s The Debt Collector, picks up shortly after the explosive end of the original film. A nearly healed French and Sue are reunited for a few final debt collections for their old boss, Tommy, (Vladimir Kulich skillfully reprising the role), as a payback for saving their lives. In the t…
 
Stay at Home with Chuck Norris and his exciting martial arts movie catalogue. Chuck Norris is a living legend, and one of the most visible martial artists of the 20th Century. Chuck Norris represents the bridge between the low budget “Shaw Brothers” and “Golden Harvest” Asian, martial arts films of the 60’s and 70’s and the high budget action films…
 
Monsour del Rosario is the Pride of The Philippines. He is a former 1988 Olympic Medal Winner, a Master of Taekwondo, a respected political leader, a movie star, and human rights advocate. He came to the attention of Taekwondo Life Magazine when we screened his award winning Sci-Fi, martial arts action film Blood Hunters: Rise of The Hybrids. What …
 
Talking Meditation is the theme of today's episode. Mediation is an essential part of any Taekwondo and wellness program; however, most Taekwondo practitioners do not fully practice it. There are multiple types of meditation, including breathing, visualization, and Transcendental Meditation. In this episode, Marc Zirogiannis, host of Taekwondo Life…
 
BOB is probably one of the most iconic and recognizable members of the martial arts community. He can be found in almost every Taekwondo Dojang in the country; however, what do most practitioners really know about BOB? Probably, not a lot. They know him as the stern faced figure that is always amenable to a roundhouse kick to the head or a punch to…
 
The 1993 World Taekwondo Championships might be the most important Taekwondo event in modern history. While Taekwondo began to flourish around the globe as an international sport Dr Un Yong Kim and the leaders of the Kukkiwon and the World Taekwondo Federation set their sites on full Olympic recognition as a medal sport. To that end the 11th World …
 
William Joseph Hill is a martial artist, actor, producer, and the author of the new sci-fi, martial arts novel, Cyber Fighter. Hill talks to Marc Zirogiannis about his new release, the first book in an exciting trilogy. He is a multi-talented and driven individual that grew up in Hawaii and whose life journey in the martial arts and entertainment h…
 
US Taekwondo Center's Master Myoungho Jun is the cover story of the March-April 2020 issue of Taekwondo Life Magazine. In the this episode we break down the issue "cover to cover". The issue includes news from the Kukkiwon, USA Taekwondo, and World Taekwondo. Dave Young, a frequent contributor, writes about self-defense programs. Grandmaster Doug C…
 
At the airdate of this episode the United States and the entire world are under quarantine as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Traditional "face-to-face" Taekwondo practice came to a screeching halt by the middle of March in most of the world. Dojangs and Gyms throughout the United States, and much of the world, were forced to close, temporarily,…
 
What is the Kukkiwon? The Kukkiwon flag hangs in Dojangs in almost 200 countries around the globe. While Taekwondo practitioners all over the world have heard and seen the name, Kukkiwon, how many understand what the Kukkiwon is? In this episode, Editor-in-Chief and host, Marc Zirogiannis, explores the history of the Kukkiwon. What are its origins.…
 
"Why I Quit Taekwondo" was a video uploaded to YouTube by Sensei Andrew "Ando" Mierzwa in December, 2019. This video, generating over 300,000 views, amassed a lot of discussion and controversy over the content, or perhaps, over the title. Does Sensei Ando hate Taekwondo? Is Sensei Ando a real martial artist? Why did Sensei Ando publish this video? …
 
Jude Bond is Chief Executive Officer of Cannaphyll Hemp-Infused Topicals, the new hemp-infused topicals line. Jude is a determined marketing pro with 20 years of branding, design, production, data and leadership experience. He is a multilingual graduate of Columbia College, NYC, and a veteran of numerous agencies and four start-ups. Cannaphyll has …
 
March 21, 2020 marks the 1st Anniversary of the passing of Grandmaster Yeon Hee Park. The loss of Grandmaster Park was a loss to the International Taekwondo Community of a Olympic Taekwondo Pioneer, a champion, a Grandmaster, a family man, a community leader, a teacher, and a humanitarian. In this episode, Taekwondo Life Magazine provides some thou…
 
Cheryl Lewis Trains Hard; that is her simple, winning philosophy. Cheryl is a professional stunt woman, dancer, actor, aerialist, puppeteer and more. Cheryl is a unique, multi-discipline performer. Because of her desire to learn and master new skills, Cheryl has performed in modern dance companies, in musicals, on cruise ships & live stage shows. S…
 
Dan Mason is Taekwondo's Strongman. He is a Taekwondo Black Belt, Muay Thai practitioner, BJJ purple belt, and competitive Kickboxer. Dan's martial arts pursuits culminated in a 4-0 kickboxing and a 9-2 MMA career. Once he retired from competitive martial arts he found passion in CrossFit and opened CrossFit Thrive. He next progressed into Strongma…
 
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