Each Practitioner, each Master and Grandmaster, each Athlete, is an Individual Voice in the Symphony that is Taekwondo.
YOU, Taekwondoin, are The Voice of Taekwondo.
If you’ve got something to say, we welcome you to say it.
This is a blog for practitioners of Taekwondo who see far, feel much, and think deeply.
For the practitioner who seeks perfection — not perfectionism — of their spirit and art, who seek the beauty of the art, who has a Voice.
A Voice that speaks for Taekwondo, as it were, and for True Leadership in Taekwondo.
A blog to feature and pay tribute to those Masters who have devoted a lifetime to the study and perfection of this beautiful art and to those competitors who have spent years and years honing their skills in the quest for the glory of victory.
A blog that, simply, Reflects on the journey that is Taekwondo
We’d LOVE to have you as our Guest Writer. If you’re interested, send the Editor an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If there’s any Master or Taekwondo athlete you’d like to see featured, from any “style” of Taekwondo, that would be great, too. Just email us (and if possible, provide a simple introduction) and we’ll set it up.
Pssssst…ok, sometimes I rant a little on issues that peeve me 😉
About the Editor (ahem)
In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of Fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a by-gone vexation, stands vivified and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin van-guarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition. The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta, held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous. Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose, so let me simply add that it’s my very good honor to meet you and you may call me V”
Kenneth Tang talks too much (at least online)…
And into too many things for his own good.
But here’s the story on him.
Kenneth coaches coaches on coaching…
Kenneth coaches new and experienced coaches in the “game” of martial arts competition. And yes, it IS a game. And you’ve got to be able to game it to win the game.
From the physical preparation to the technical nuances and tactical ploys to the mental game to the political wranglings: it calls for a game-plan. If you don’t have a game-plan, you might as well throw in the towel.
Want to “game the game”? Write me!
Coach Kenneth Tang holds a 7th Dan black-belt in Taekwondo and was the first professional full-time coach ever in Selangor (and one of the very few in Malaysia), employed by the Selangor State Athletic Council to head their highly-successful SUKMA (Sukan Malaysia) Programme.
Coach Tang is also a Shihan (Master Teacher) of the International Budo Institute, which teaches the Martial Way as a vehicle to seek the understanding, cultivation and perfection of the warrior spirit, and he is a teacher who seeks to inspire his students to cultivate and hone a strong and compassionate warrior spirit.
In addition to Taekwondo, Coach Tang is also a practitioner of Wing Chun (Ip Man lineage) and Pekiti Tirsia Kali, as well as exposure/training to Hapkido, Aikido, Kickboxing (and some BJJ, but he’s not bloody good at it)
He has been actively involved in martial arts for the past 35 years — 25 as an instructor, 10 of which as the state Taekwondo Head Coach of his home state, working for the State Athletic Commission.
His work involved training the state’s Taekwondo squad specifically for the biennial multi-sport Malaysian Games, and for the Malaysian National Team. He has also been privileged to train athletes for regional and international meets.
Coach Tang is still training under and working with Grandmaster C.K. Leow (8th Degree, Moo Duk Kwan and Kukkiwon) who was a direct student of the late General Choi Hong-Hi and has been the prime moving force in Malaysian Taekwondo for the past 40 years and is still actively involved as the Chief Instructor and Technical Director/Advisor of the Malaysian Moodukkwan Sport Taekwondo Association. Previously, Grandmaster Leow was also the Secretary-General of the Asian Taekwondo Union as well as the South East Asian Taekwondo Union.
Coach Tang holds a Level 3 Sports Science accreditation in the Malaysian National Coaching Accreditation Scheme (N.C.A.S.) and is also a certified Remedial and Sports Massage therapist and has worked with athletes in this capacity at the national, regional and international levels.
Coach Tang is an avid reader. His reading interests range from Ayn Rand all the way to Zen Buddhism. In addition to martial arts, he maintains a keen interest in philosophy, history, Zen, Taoism, Confucianism and new business and technological innovations. He also regularly engages in ideas-exchange, discussions and cross-trainings with senior instructors/coaches from other disciplines.
Coach Tang continues to devote his time to teaching martial arts because of his life-long commitment to Budo and to the vision of passing on the virtues and wisdom of the martial spirit to the next generation.
I see the sun rise and set; I see leaves fall to the ground; I see the stars in the night sky; I see the sparkle in my little boy’s eyes; I feel the heartbeat of my love. 😉