My name is Colin Wee, I have been practicing the martial arts for 30+ years and I am a 6th Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo.
Very recently, I was standing at the checkout line waiting for my grocery items to be bagged, and the somewhat awkward checkout guy started chatting with me. It was not long after we started talking that I asked him how he was planning on enjoying his weekend. He proudly proclaimed to practice the sword arts, and was linked with a theatre company which does stunts and stagecraft.
At this point in time, in almost all other situations, one could relate that tidbit of information to something of your own interest. I mean, I have practiced Taekwondo and several other martial arts for a very long time. In fact, I have a collection of exotic weaponry myself. And as a matter of fact, while I’m not conversant about stagecraft, I could run a decent discussion on sword arts from many different aspects, including it’s prominence in fantasy novels and role playing games. But, rather than feeding our young checkout guy with a little more fodder, I clamped up. I mean, the guy waves bladed weapons around and shares that information openly with everyone he comes into contact with. WHAT. A. LOONEY.
I am one to talk. After dedicating a lifetime to training in the martial arts, I nod and smile when school mums compare what I do to their kid’s Little Samurais class. When people ask me if I do ‘Karaty,’ I nod and smile. I continue to nod and smile in the face of the most ludicrous questions and expectations from the general public. It’s hard for me to talk about martial arts and Taekwondo in exact terms because it has to be experienced. Meaning, I think you need to come to my classes and take some hits before we even talk about which martial arts is the best. Basically, it is a subject which is so subjective.
This Taekwondo website was started so I could share some of my insight of the Art of Taekwondo without overly focusing on technical issues like I’ve done so in Traditional Taekwondo Techniques Blog. I hope you enjoy it.