TKDTutor believes in the ideal of the Internet being a repository of free information available to people around the world. During the 1990s, as I searched the Internet for information on Taekwondo, what little information I found was very basic and was geared toward attracting people to individual martial arts schools or organizations. One web site I recently visited said they did not put free information about their martial art on their site because of the 9/11 attacks, saying that they did not want their deadly secrets in the hands of terrorists. I assume they did not want terrorists to learn the "deadly secrets" of their art.
I had been collecting books, articles, and papers on Taekwondo for years. I had acquired knowledge and experience from various instructors of Taekwondo and other martial arts for decades. Therefore, in 1998, I had the first thoughts of designing and publishing a web site that would contain useful, easy to understand information on all aspects of Taekwondo presented in a way that was easy to navigate and read.
I first had to learn how to build a web site, and then I had to design it and start filling it with information. Finally, on January 1, 2000, I published The Taekwondo Tutor (name was later shorted to TKDTutor) on the Internet as TKDTutor.com. In the years since, I have kept refining the design of the site and adding more and more information, and the number of visits has kept growing. Visitors made suggestions for new topics and new features and these suggestions were incorporated along the way.
As the site got larger, new features were added, and the number of daily visits increased, I had to change web hosts, keep upgrading hosting features, and adding bandwidth, all of which increased the costs of maintaining the site. After resisting the concept for years, in October 2004, I added advertising links to the site to help defray costs.
In February 2010, a totally redesigned TKDTutor.com was brought online. The redesign made the site more anesthetically pleasing and gave it a consistent format throughout. Site page size was limited to about 500 words long; the size of a page in a standard book. Topic, subtopic, and page navigation were simplified and made easier to use. The redesign made the site compliant with standards-based Web design as defined by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).
In January 2011, all images, sounds, and videos were removed from the site. Current law gives the copyrighted owner of such the right to sue you if use the item, even if it had no copyright notice, you got permission to use it from the presumed owner, or you purchased it from the presumed owner. Current law says if use a copyrighted item, you are liable and you have no defense, even if the item was not copyrighted when you obtained it. There are business that make their money by pursuing anyone one who uses digital media licensed by them. Therefore, I removed all images that I did not create myself, regardless of their origin and replaced them with free Microsoft clipart.
In January 2013, a totally redesigned TKDTutor.com (using Joomla) was brought online. The redesign make the site responsive to mobile devices, easier for visitors to use, and easier to maintain.
In December 2014, TKDTutor.com was converted to Joomla 3.0. The entire site was redesigned. The menu system was redesigned to make it easier to find information in the site when using any device.
TKDTutor.com will continue to grow and be available as long as I am alive and able to maintain it. After that, the site will be turned over to someone who will maintain it with the same passion as I have had for the task. I hope that the site will keep being passed on, growing, and serving the Taekwondo community forever.