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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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What Do the Changes in Cadet Weight Classes Mean For Your Athlete? Master Marc Zirogiannis discusses the announcement that World Taekwondo will now consider height and weight for Cadet Sparring athlete divisions. This episode is presented by Bet Online. Use the code BLEAV for your 50% welcome bonus. Thumbnail: "scaled" by wader is licensed under CC…
 
Master Marc Zirogiannis discusses the Ukrainian Response to the IOC's decision to allow Russian and Belarusian athletes to compete as neutral athletes. Two weeks ago we discussed the IOC's controversial decision regarding Russian athletes at the 2024 Paris Olympics. That episode was called "Talking Russia in the 2024 Paris Olympics." In response to…
 
Taekwondo Confirmed for 2028 Paralympic Games in Los Angeles. This will mark the third time Taekwondo is part of the Paralympic program. Master Marc Zirogiannis discusses this announcement and the expansion of the movement for Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028. *This episode is presented by Bet Online. Use the code: BLEAV to get your 50% welcome Bonu…
 
Talking Russia in the 2024 Paris Olympics. In this episode Master Marc Zirogiannis discusses the IOC's decision to allow Russian athletes to compete in the 2024 Pros Games. While this statement and decision reinforced the decision to ban Russian and Belarus, as nations, from the games, it also created pathways for their athletes to compete in the g…
 
The January/February 2023 Issue is Now Available in Digital and Print and Master Marc Zirogiannis gives an overview. Kukkiwon President Dong Sup Lee. The 50th Anniversary of the Kukkiwon. USA Taekwondo News. World Taekwondo News. The Top 5 Martial Arts Movies of 2022. The value of the mouthguard. Grandmaster Douglas Cook’s Article. Taekwondo Master…
 
Julio Cesar Carlos becomes the first fighter to sign with PKA Worldwide as the legendary kickboxing organization is set to make its highly anticipated return. Carlos is a six-time world champion in taekwondo and the reigning New York state GAMMA champion. Born in Queens, New York Carlos first began training at the age of four years old under the in…
 
Taekwondo Life Magazine's, Marc Zirogiannis, reviews our picks for the top 5 martial arts movies of 2022. Here is our list of the Best of 2022: #5- Bullet Train- Starring Brad Pitt. #4- The Gray Man- Starring Ryan Gosling #3- The Round Up- Starring Don lee. #2- Baby Assassins-Akari Takaishi and Saori Izawa #1- Accident Man: Hitman's Holiday- Starri…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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 …
 
Marc Zirogiannis takes a brief look at the 2022 USAT Nationals, which just wrapped up in Salt Lake City. The USAT Nationals are the culmination of the sport year for Taekwondo sparring, Poomsae, and Demonstrations. *This show is presented by Bet Online. Use the NEW promo code: BLEAV50 to get your 50% Welcome Bonus.…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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 …
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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 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 …
 
Tae Kwon Dog: The Power Within is a terrific Children's book (6-10 yr olds) which merges a love of the world's most practiced martial art and a love of mankind's best friend. Marc Zirogiannis, Editor-in-Chief, talks with the author about her Taekwondo background, how this project came about, and the lessons she hopes to teach with this project. The…
 
The International Olympic Committee once again approved Taekwondo as an addition to the Summer Games. Since its Demonstration in Seoul, Korea in 1988 Taekwondo practitioners have been able to look forward to being part of the International Festival of competition every 4 years. 2028 will be no exception. Now Taekwondo practitioners from 211 jurisdi…
 
Grandmaster Suh Chong Kang Passes at 92. On January 30, 2022, Grandmaster Suh Chong Kang, passed away this week at the age of 92. In 1949, Grandmaster Kang founded his own kwan, which he named Kuk Mu Kwan. Grandmaster Kang, a 2009 Taekwondo Hall of Fame Inductee, was a historic figure in the founding of modern Taekwondo and its introduction to the …
 
The USAT Eastern Athlete Academy took place this past weekend in Gainesville Virginia at the Dojang of US Tigers. Sparring athletes, Poomsae athletes, Coaches, masters, and families traveled from all over the region to converge on Gainesville for 2+ days for training, working out, and learning under the tutelage of experienced and dedicated coaches…
 
2022 is in full swing in the world of Taekwondo events. USATKD has a number of Championships, tournaments, and Developments Camps scheduled in the United States through April 2022. AAU Taekwondo has scheduled their calendar through their Championships, occurring in July 2022. Even the Kukkiwon will be hosting a 50th Anniversary Expo in The United S…
 
As season 4 of Cobra Kai continues to dominate Netflix's #1 spot in 2022 we take a look at the series and its impact on Taekwondo practice and Dojang enrollment. As of January 10, 2022 Cobra Kai Season 4 has been #1 on Netflix since New Year's Day. Marc Zirogiannis, Taekwondo Life Magazine's Editor-in-Chief, asks this questions as he provides his a…
 
As we enter 2022 the worldwide Taekwondo community will be focusing on their new goals and resolutions for the upcoming year. In this episode Marc Zirogiannis discusses the difference between Achievement Goals and Performance Goals. He also talks about how to make sure your goals are not simply unactualized dreams. Finally Taekwondo Life Magazine's…
 
This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Kukkiwon, the worldwide Taekwondo Headquarters. This is a replay of our March 2020 episode and comes as President Grandmaster Dr. Lee Dong Sup prepares to kick off the Anniversary year. Hopefully this episode provides a little background on the origins and purpose of the Kukkiwon. *Presented by Bet Online…
 
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