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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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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…
 
A lot happened over the course of the past week in the world of Taekwondo. Marc Zirogiannnis covers a few highlight in this "catch up" episode on those highlights, including the Official announcement that Taekwondo would be a part of the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles. Additionally we cover: -The wrap up of the USAT sanctioned 2021 NJ Metro Taekwondo…
 
Top 10 Martial Arts Films of 2021. 2021 was a great year for Martial Arts movies. The globalization of entertainment combined with the multitude of outlets for viewing and streaming martial arts movies is a benefit to martial arts movies fans. We have had a chance to seen many of the movies released this year; however, if there was a great martial …
 
On November 21, 2021 Kukkiwon President Lee-Dong-Sup presented former United States President an honorary 9th Dan Black Belt. For some this was an outrageous misstep. For others it was a triumphant moment. While it is not 100% clear all of the factors that went into the decision to issue this honor, what is clear is that it caused a significant bac…
 
Master Valerie Loureda Bellator MMA 271 Win-Breakdown. Earlier tonight (Friday November 12, 2021) 4th Dan Taekwondo Master, Valerie Loureda, won her match against Taylor Turner in a split decision in Bellator MMA #271. In this episode, Marc Zirogiannis, LIVE during the match, breaks down the victory and calls the "play by play". On Taekwondo Life M…
 
When does an athlete, or a coach, or team have to apologize for winning? If they cheat, for sure! If they gloat, and they treat the losing team disrespectfully, then yes. How about when they simply win big- fair and square, with dignity, but they win really, really big? In Taekwondo Life Magazine's estimation the answer is that you never have to ap…
 
Famed Director, Stuntman, Stunt Coordinator, and writer, Jesse V. Johnson returns to the show to discuss his new, highly acclaimed film, Hell Hath No Fury (2021). This Well Go USA Entertainment release hits theaters next week. Directed by Jesse V. Johnson and starring Nina Bergman, Daniel Bernhardt, Louis Mandylor, Timothy V. Murphy, Dominiquie Van…
 
Taekwondo Life Magazine's, Marc Zirogiannis, talks with martial artist, martial arts movie star, writer, Director, and action choreographer Daniel Bernhardt about his upcoming release, Hell Hath No Fury. This film features Daniel as a Nazi SS Officer in the midst of love and betrayal in France During World War II. This film was Directed by Jesse V.…
 
ESCAPE FROM MOGADISHU, the Well Go USA Entertainment release on digital October 19. You can find out more about this film at: https://www.wellgousa.com/films/escap... Synopsis- Dramatically constructed based on a true story: as civil war rages in Mogadishu, rival North and South Korean diplomats are left trapped. With no aid from either government,…
 
In the 2019 blockbuster film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino scripted a controversial and memorable scene where his lead character, Rick Dalton, encounters and fights a very brash and arrogant, Bruce Lee. Despite the film's fictional nature the scene, and the positive response to the film, the scene created an uproar in the martia…
 
The New York Open Taekwondo Championships and Korean Cultural Festival has been one of the largest Taekwondo tournaments and cultural events in New York State, for over ten (10) years. The event features World Class Sparring and Poomsae, Grass Roots Sparring and Poomsae, Board Breaking, Weapons, and Demo Team Competition. Additionally, this event f…
 
Shijak Author-Master Kathryn Yang is the guest on this week's program. Master Yang is a Harvard trained lawyer, a Taekwondo Master, and the author of an inspiring work of sports fiction, Shijak-To Begin: A Modern Martial Arts Story. She talks to Marc Zirogiannis about this book, about her taekwondo career and about how she has adapted the impact of…
 
Keanu Reeves is one of the best known movie stars in the world. His pictures have grossed more than $6 billion dollars worldwide. The Matrix Trilogy and the John Wick Films have accounted for more than $2 billion in box office ticket sales over the past two decades. These are among the best and most influential films of a generation, and they make …
 
The USA Taekwondo team's, Evan Medell, won the historic Bronze medal as Taekwondo debuted in the 2020 Paralympics on International Taekwondo Day. Brianna Salinaro and Evan Medell were the first US Athletes to represent the USA Taekwondo program as the action got underway in Tokyo for the 2020 games (happening in 2021). On September 4th, Internation…
 
The World Taekwondo Demonstration has wowed the world with their high flying, aerial stunt executing, board breaking, and breathtaking performances on NBC's primetime hit show, America's Got Talent. What started out as a long shot, Golden Buzzer saving pass in the preliminary rounds has turned into an international groundswell of support from taekw…
 
Taekwondo Life Magazine's look at the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Taekwondo results and their impact on the future of this global martial art. After spending three years covering the lead up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics taking place in 2021 we look at the, now concluded, Taekwondo results. What is the state of South Korea's Taekwondo program? Has Taekwondo be…
 
Martin Campbell is the famed Director of such films as James Bond's Goldeneye, Casino Royale, Jackie Chan's The Foreigner, and more. His newest action drama, The Protege', opens August 30th worldwide. This is the story of a child rescued by the legendary assassin Moody (Samuel L. Jackson) and trained in the family business, Anna (Maggie Q) and beco…
 
Bleav in Jessica Fabus Cheng. Jessica Fabus Cheng was listed as one of Taekwondo Life Magazine's "10 Women to Watch". This distinction was for a reason; she is a mover and shaker and has just been named 2021 Mrs. New York America. In November, 2021 she will compete for the title of Mrs. America. Jessica is a health care worker, a spokesperson for D…
 
A look at Well-Go USA's Hydra, a Japanese Martial Arts action thriller. Look for Hydra on Hi-Yah!, on Blue-ray, DVD and POD NOW! Hydra Is a Small Film That Packs a Big Punch. Hydrais a Japanese martial arts action action drama released by Well Go USAthis week. The film marks Kensuke Sonomura’s directorial debut and stars Masanori Mimoto as Takashi,…
 
On July 25, 2021 Team USA's 18 year old Sensation, Ana Zolotic made history as the first US Women's Taekwondo athlete to earn a Gold Medal since Taekwondo became a recognized Medal Sport. Here is a re-broadcast of our episode from 2019 as she was beginning her training in the USA National Center of Excellence, on her way to a future Olympic career.…
 
International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach speaks with Taekwondo Life Magazine's, Marc Zirogiannis, about the current state of readiness for the Olympics, the spectator decision, the arrival of first Olympic athletes in Tokyo, and more. President Bach has visited the International Broadcast Centre (IBC) at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2…
 
After weeks of discussion and deliberation the five (5) major parties involved in planning the 2020 Summer Olympic games came to the decision that No Spectators would be allowed as cases of COVID-19 rise in Japan and vaccination rates remain very low (5%). The International Olympic Committee (IOC), The International Paralympic Committee (IPC), The …
 
On June 25, 2021 USA Taekwondo's Grand Prix East got under way in Greenville, South Carolina. This was the 3rd major post-Covid event hosted by USAT in order to allow Taekwondo athletes to return to competition in Poomsae and Sparring in preparation for the USAT Nationals. Marc Zirogiannis, Taekwondo Life Magazine's host and editor, attended the ev…
 
Will Fans Be Allowed At The Tokyo Olympics? The answer to this question can be found in the Statement on Spectator Capacities at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 issued on 21 June, 2021. The statement was issued by the five parties, namely the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the Tokyo 2020 Organising…
 
Taekwondo Life Magazine looks at the announcement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Refugee Team. Twenty-nine athletes competing across 12 sports and from 13 host National Olympic Committees (NOCs) will be part of the IOC Refugee Olympic Team (EOR) Tokyo 2020. The Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today approved the composit…
 
Taekwondo Life Magazine has been covering every step of the Floyd Mayweather-Logan Paul Exhibition fight since it was announced last year. We brought to the attention of the world how Fanmio had postponed the fight, without a new date, and continued to take fan money. On Sunday June 6th the fight did happen and this episode provides a wrap up of th…
 
Marc Zirogiannis talks about the best seller book, Becoming Bulletproof: Protect Yourself, Read People, Influence Situations, and Live Fearlessly, by Evy Poumpouras. The host and Editor of Taekwondo Life Magazine talks about the books three sections: Protection, Reading People, and Influence. Poumpouras has woven her autobiographical experiences as…
 
With only two months left before the Opening Ceremonies of the Summer Games in Tokyo the infection rates in Tokyo are on the rise. Vaccination rates are low. There is confusion and panic over whether the games will happen, or if they should. Marc Zirogiannis, Taekwondo Life Magazine's Editor in Chief, presents some updates on this topic and a look …
 
Master Valerie Loureda Update- Bellator 259. On Friday May 21, 2021 Taekwondo Master Valerie Loureda returned to the ring for Showtime's Bellator 259. Master Loureda faced Hannah Guy in her 3rd Bellator fight, which appeared on the Main Card for the first time. Although Master Loureda suffered her first defeat, the fight did go to the decision of t…
 
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