TKDTutor only presents the educational aspects of martial arts training; any physical training should be conducted under auspices of a certified martial arts instructor.
Learn from a certified instructor
Taekwondo techniques are best learned from a certified instructor. There are many books with photographs of techniques and many technique videos that may be purchased, but they should only be used as a reference after learning the proper way to perform a technique from a certified instructor. TKDTutor does not teach specific techniques, it is merely a tutor that assists you in learning techniques, helps you understand techniques, and helps you perfect techniques.
Instructor has precedence
Since there are so many Taekwondo organizations (each with numerous instructors who teach Taekwondo in a slightly different manner), the ideas and information presented in TKDTutor may different from those of your organization or instructor. When the information presented in TKDTutor differs from that presented by your instructor—you should follow the information presented by your instructor.
Sport v. Traditional
As explained in detail within TKDTutor, there are two main versions of Taekwondo being practiced in the world: traditional and sport. Although there are some minor differences between the two versions, such as the patterns used (hyung vs. tul), the way techniques are executed (high chamber on kicks vs. no chamber), or the way the body moves for power (hip snap vs. sine wave); the primary difference between the two versions is in the way each approaches free-sparring. Traditional Taekwondo uses arm blocks, hand strikes, and kicks in sparring, while sport Taekwondo has evolved into a mostly kicks sport where the arms and hands are usually not used. While most everything discussed in TKDTutor may be applied to either traditional or sport Taekwondo, its major emphasis is on traditional Taekwondo.
Although I try to present all aspects of Taekwondo and the martial arts in general, I am partial to the traditional martial arts as opposed to the martial sports, such as Olympic style Taekwondo, or to the combat sports, such as boxing or cage style fighting.
TKDTutor is not affiliated with, or endorsed by, any organization or commercial enterprise, although TKDTutor sometimes mentions Taekwondo as taught by Taekwondo America (TA). Taekwondo America techniques and patterns are based upon those originally developed by the late "founder" of Taekwondo, General Hong Hi Choi, and used by the International Taekwondo Federation (ITF). Other national/international organizations, such as the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF), may use other patterns, but they are all based upon original traditional Taekwondo techniques.
I try to be impartial, but impartiality is in the eyes of the beholder. The information in TKDTutor is free and, other than the use of Google ads, it has no sponsors, organizations, or instructors to please. I simply tell it as I see it. If you do not agree with what I say, you may think I am being partial to or discriminating against one martial art or another. If you agree with what I say, you may think I am completely impartial and non-discriminatory. I try to be impartial, but, as with most of you, I am human, so partiality may unconsciously slip in.
Information presented in TKDTutor comes from many different sources. If information is logical, reasonable, useful, and pertains to Taekwondo, it is presented in TKDTutor. TKDTutor does not guarantee that all the information it presents is correct. As with information from any source, if you want to insure the truthfulness of the information, you should compare it to data from numerous sources and draw your own conclusion as to the truthfulness of the information.
Macro vs. Micro
A police officer intuitively hears gunshots in the distance or angry voices in a crowd of noisy people, but will not notice an out of place vase at a crime scene or an inconsistency in suspect’s statement. A police detective will notice a hair on a vase or a change in the demeanor of a suspect when asked a key question, but will not see a low hanging branch and hit his or her head while searching for minute evidence or he or she will not hear the footsteps of a person coming from behind when while examining a crime scene. This is a case of macro versus micro.
The police officer deals with the macro, the larger more obvious things that must be taken care of immediately. The police detective deals with the micro, the small things that may have caused the macro event to occur, things that must be dealt with precision and care over time.
This same macro/micro relationship may be used to explain the different between what you hear from your martial arts instructor and what you read in TKDTutor. Martial art instructors deal with immediate macro things, such as the personalities, intelligence levels, educations, experiences, abilities, etc. of the students in their classes. For school owners, a large influence on what they say or do is related to their need to pay the bills; they need the students to stay in the school and pay tuition. If they say things that may cause the students to drop out of school, then they cannot stay in business. They may not lie, but as politicians do, they may not tell you the whole truth, and thus mislead you into accepting what they say is the truth. Some tell you what you want to hear or what is most beneficial to them to say, for, if they told you the whole truth, you may leave the school.
TKDTutor deals with the micro, things that cause or affect the macro things in a martial art. TKDTutor does not have to please anyone, so it presents all the facts and lets you decide whether or not you agree. TKDTutor may point out fraud and things that are inconsistent, illogical, unreasonable, and false without worrying about losing revenue. TKDTutor may say things that are in opposition to the propaganda put out by martial art instructors or martial art organizations without worrying about losing students.
You may disagree with what is written in TKDTutor; I may disagree with what is written in TKDTutor. I wrote some of it over ten years ago, so my views may now be totally different from what they were then. I only ask that you evaluate in your own mind (using verifiable facts, logic, and reason), what is written, and then you may either reject or accept it. Either way, I would appreciate your feedback. Through the use of convincing arguments, I have sometimes changed people's views and opinions, and likewise, they have caused me to change some of my views and opinions.
You never learn anything new from discussing a subject with people who agree with you, so it you disagree with something, let me know.
Opinions are similar to belly buttons, everyone has one and each is each different. Facts are true, but facts may be interpreted differently. For example, look at poll results. The results are facts, but the meaning of the results varies according to who is interpreting the results. TKDTutor.com expresses the opinion of TKDTutor and his interpretation of the facts, other opinions or interpretations may differ. Do not accept any single opinion or interpretation of fact; research all opinions and facts on a particular subject and then form your own opinion based upon your interpretation of the facts.
There are over 1500 pages of content in TKDTutor, so there are sure to be errors. If you find errors or inaccuracies, please email me.
Be a Skeptic
Be skeptical. If something does not seem correct, then doubt it until you can verify its authenticity. This includes what your Taekwondo instructor may tell you, and it certainly applies to what you may read in TKDTutor.com. Fools are seldom skeptical; skeptics are seldom fooled.
Just because an "expert" says something is true does not make it true. During the famous Lincoln-Douglas debates about 150 years ago, after a long speech by Stephen Douglas that was filled with inaccuracies, Lincoln asked the audience, "How many legs would a horse have if you called his tail a leg?" "Five" called out some of the onlookers. "Four" replied Lincoln, "Calling a tail a leg doesn't make it true."
When asked to believe a claim, demand empirical evidence of the claim that may checked or independently verified. If there is no evidence, apply logic and reason to the claim. If there is no evidence to support the claim and the claim is not reasonable or logical, then the claim is probably false.