MARCH 2006


Master Testing:

Mr. Todd and Mr. Bushor are planning on attending the Master Testing in Harrisburg Missouri.  It is tentatively scheduled for April 8th.  We are planning on a day trip to attend the testing and returning home the same evening.  We will leave early in the morning, attend the testing, and return home the same day.  This will be a long day, but it will be much more cost effective (no hotel bills, fewer meals, etc).  Mr. Todd and Mr. Bushor will have seats available in their vehicles if any of the class wants to drive down with us.  There will be a limited number of seats in the vehicles, so if there are more students than seats, we will select students by rank.  See the Instructors if you are interested in attending.

New Class Schedule:

Because the size of the 6-7pm class is growing at an alarming rate, and it has been difficult to get students to start coming to the 7-830pm class, we are forced to adjust who will attend which class.  Starting on Thursday, March 2nd, all White Belts, Yellow Stripes, and Yellow Belts will attend the 5-6pm class.  This will allow your instructors to spend more quality time on each belt level.  We apologize if this causes any scheduling problems.  If you or your child have a need to attend one of the later classes, please see one of the instructors.  We will make exceptions to the new rule on a case-by-case basis.

Get Well:

We have had a number of injuries and illnesses lately.  Mrs. Schulze and Mr. Randolph have been missing from class for the past few days for surgery and injuries.  Wish them all a quick and full recovery the next time you see them.

The doors into the small gym (dojang) has injured a few of our students in the past, so please do not stand near the door and keep your fingers away from the door when it is closing.  Come into the dojang and away from the door before bowing in.


We have been invited to the first annual Greater Kansas City Taekwon-Do Open Tournament.  It is scheduled for Saturday April 29th, 2006.  There will be six different events:  Individual Patterns, Musical Patterns, Team Patterns, Self Defense, Sparring, and Power Breaking.  You can get more information on the rules, forms, and divisions from our website at www.axetkd.com.  The cost will be $20 for 1 event, $40 for 2 events, $50 for 3 events, $65 for 4 events.  If there is enough interest, we will make the trip down to Kansas City to participate.  This is a USTF school, and they will use USTF rules. 

Splits Club:

The Axe Taekwon-Do web site (www.axetkd.com) now has photos of all the students in the Splits Club.  To become a member of the Splits Club you must demonstrate the ability to do the splits for Mr. Todd.  If you successfully demonstrate the splits, he will take your picture and add it to the web site.  You will need to demonstrate the splits every month to remain a member of the club.  Mr. Todd and Mr. Bushor are stretching every day to try to become members them selves!

Student of the Month:

Mr. Todd and Mr. Bushor have started selecting a Student of the Month from our class.  To be eligible the student must be in good standing and display the proper tenets of Taekwon-Do.  Parents or other students can nominate students for this recognition.  Mr. Todd and Mr. Bushor will make the final selections.  Students will have a separate page on the Axe TKD Home Page listing their biography and picture.

Youth Center Shoe Policy:

The Youth Center is being very strict on their shoe policy within the Youth Center.  You must have shoes on if you are outside the gym, with the exception of walking to the bathrooms and drinking fountain closest to the small gym.  If you go out by the front desk or anywhere else in the Youth Center you must wear your shoes.

Remember that monthly tuition is to be paid to the front desk at the Youth Center not later than the 2nd class of every month 

Events for this year:  We are still planning 2006.  You can expect promotion testings this month, May, August, and November.  There will be another Camp in Missouri in August, where Mr. Bushor will be testing for 5th Degree Black Belt.  There should be at least one tournament in the fall in Missouri also.  We will probably host a USTF sponsored referee qualification course.  All red belts and above will be eligible to attend the course and become certified.  This is a requirement for black belt.  There are other events we will plan and announce when our plans are complete. 

Web News:  If you have any ideas for our web site located at http://www.axetkd.com please inform Mr. Bushor or Mr. Todd. 

Attendance:  A majority of students are doing much better at notifying us when they will not be at class. This requirement is based on “Courtesy” our first tenet in Taekwon-Do.  Students can call Mr. Bushor at 291-4013 or Mr. Todd at 293-2610.  You can also call the Youth Center at 294-5152.  The instructors can be reached by email at Mr. Bushor:  kbushor@cox.net or Mr. Todd: ustfneb@cox.net.  We have discussed with all students the consequences of not notifying us of missing class.

The Right Tool for the Right Job.

This is the third and final installment of the Right Tool for the Right Job.  In the October and December 2005 news letters we introduced you to some of the tools you will use in Taekwon-Do.  The TOOLs are parts or surfaces through which the shock or power of a technique is transmitted to the opponent’s body.  These tools are categorized as either attacking or blocking, and are divided into hand parts, foot parts, and miscellaneous parts.  This month we will start by discussing the parts of the foot you will use as tools.

The Ball of the Foot is used similar to the Fore Fist.  It is can be used to break boards or bones, but it is primarily used to cause damage to muscles or internal organs below the surface of the skin.  The first kick we teach in our class is the Front Snap Kick using the Ball of the Foot.  The Ball of the Foot is that part of the foot that remains on the ground when you lift your heel high off the ground and you pull your toes upwards.  That is also the position your foot needs to be in when doing a Front Snap Kick, otherwise you will break your toes!  The Ball of the Foot is used to attack the face, point of the chin, inner thigh, chest, solar plexus, floating ribs, scrotum, coccyx (tail bone), and lower abdomen; and occasionally is used for blocking.  Besides the Front Snap Kick, the Ball of the Foot is the primary tool used when executing a Side Front Snap Kick, Turning Kick, Side Turning Kick, High Kick, Twisting Kick, Side Thrusting Kick, and Front Rising Kick.  The Ball of the Foot is also a secondary tool for many other kicks such as a Hook Kick, Reverse Hook Kick, Reverse Turning Kick, Downward Kick, and Pick Shape Kick.  A very versatile tool.

Perhaps the most important tool of the foot is the Footsword.  The Footsword is similar to the Knife Hand and is used to break bones, but is also used for blocking.  The tool is the back one third of the outer edge of your foot measured from your heel forward to just in front of the lateral malleolus (the hard, bony knob on the outside of your ankle).  It is the edge of your foot, not the bottom or the heel.  The Footsword is used to attack the philtrum, bridge of the nose, neck, solar plexus, chin, temple, armpit, floating ribs, knee joint, ankle joint, and instep.  Make sure you push your heel out while bending your toes up and back towards your ankle at the moment of impact.  The Footsword is the primary tool used for the Side Piercing Kick, Side Pushing Kick, Back Piercing Kick, Side Rising Kick, Vertical Kick, and Outward Pressing Kick.

The Reverse Footsword is on the opposite side of the foot from the Footsword.  It is created when both the ankle and the toes are bent sharply upward.  The Vertical Kick uses the Reverse Footsword to attack the Solar Plexus and the Face.

 The Knee is an effective tool used to attack the solar plexus, abdomen, lower abdomen, face, chest, coccyx, and scrotum at a close distance.  It is usually brought upward or forward towards the targeted area.  The Knee is the primary tool for the Upward Kick, but is also used as an alternate tool for the Front Snap Kick, Turning Kick, and Low or Middle Twisting Kicks.

The Sole is the bottom of the foot.  It is used with the Crescent Kick and attacks the Elbow Joint, Achilles’ Tendon, Ankle Joint, Forearm, and the Inner or Outer Tibia.  Keep the Back Heel facing downward when using the Sole as a tool

The Back Sole is primarily used for stamping and occasionally used for blocking in support of the Ball of the Foot.  The Instep is the primary target for the Stomping Kick, and the Chest and Solar Plexus are the targets for the Front Checking Kick, but many more targets are available if your opponent is lying on the ground. 

The Side Sole is used in blocking and is formed when the toes are bent upward while bending the ankle slightly upward.  It is used for the Sweeping Kick, Side Checking Kick, Inward Pressing Kick, and the Wave Kick.  It can also be used when executing a Stamping Kick.  The Ankle Joint, Instep, Fossa, Knee Joint, Tibia, Knee, Chest, and Solar Plexus are all targets for the Side Sole.

The Back Heel is used for attacking the philtrum, temple, solar plexus, scrotum, jaw, skull, clavicle, face, outer ankle joint, and floating ribs.  The Back Heel is the primary tool for the Hook Kick, Reverse Hook Kick, Reverse Turning Kick, Downward Kick, Pick Shape Kick, Sweeping Kick, and Back Snap Kick. 

The Instep is an effective way of extending the reach of some kicks, as well as lessoning the devastating effects of a kick.  The Instep is the top of the foot and is created when both the ankle and toes are bent sharply downward and away from the leg.  It is used primarily used to attack the scrotum or jaw, but the face, solar plexus, floating ribs, and abdomen are also excellent targets, especially if shoes are worn.  The Instep is used with the Front Snap Kick, Side Front Snap Kick, Turning Kick, and Middle Twisting Kick.  You should use the Instep during tournaments and step sparring, to reduce the chance of injuring your opponent. 

The Side Instep is used as a blocking tool and is formed when the ankle is bent upward while twisting the foot until the instep faces almost downward.  The Hooking Kick is targeted at the Elbow Joint or the Achilles’ Tendon.

The Toes are used to attack soft targets, such as the scrotum or abdomen.  Because they can easily be broken, it is recommended that you only use them if you are wearing shoes.  When shoes are worn, other targets such as the Floating Ribs, Point of the Chin, Solar Plexus, and Face are vulnerable.  The Front Snap Kick, Side Front Snap Kick, Turning Kick, Twisting Kick, and Side Thrusting Kick can all utilize the Toes in the right situation.

There are other tools that can be used such as the Fore Head, Occiput (back of the head), Shoulders, Inner and Outer Ankle Joints, Tibia, Shins, and Toe Edge; but these tools are difficult to toughen and the risk of injury to you is great.  Only use these tools when absolutely necessary.  You never know what situations you may find yourself in, and you must be constantly prepared to use all the Tools you have available.  If you have any questions on how or when to use any of the Tools I have presented in this three part series on using the proper tools, please see your Instructors.

The Condensed Encyclopedia of Taekwon-Do, Gen. Choi Hong Hi, 1999





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