Thread: Misadventures with Master Cho
4/15/2009 11:38am, #1
Misadventures with Master Cho
...Or My Misadventures with Master Cho...
I don't know if this thread belongs in this forum, but I have to comment on this guy. I am a college student at Ohio University and signed upf or tae kwon do as a physical ellective amongst my other classes. It's taught by this guy called Mun-ho Cho. He also runs a tae kwon do school near my house.
Anyway, he's met me before and knows I do karate. Several times in the class he's got on my about my kicks. Granted, my kicking sucks I know. I'm trying to improve them. But today after class, he pulled me aside asking me about my school. He said you practiced karate for how long and what has it done for you (referring to my feet and hips nto turning enough when I kick). He also asked me why I pay $40 a month there and then $60 to box at another place and then went on about trying me to think about going to his school twice a week.
I told him I didn't agree with charging students a lump sum for belt testing. Then he went on saying he didn't think I udnerstand about belts nor real cirtificates. The fact is I do understand more than he realizes and I have a certificate from Shuri-ryu.
Right now I feel deeply insulted. If anyone should be to blame for my kicking, it's myself for not practicing with them as much as I should. I felt Master Cho had no right to insult my school when I was taking his class for college credit, not at his McDojang. I can't join a school that charegs an arm and a leg for testing. It goes against my principles, just as insulting a school in a college class.
4/15/2009 11:45am, #2
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- Feb 2008
You hit the nail on the head. If you are going to train in more than one class/club, then your technique is open for critque. Even if it is from a guy like Cho. Take the comment witha grain of salt, and determine for yourself if your skills need adjustment or better coaching, etc. Sure, he is trying to rope you in as a student. You must not be that bad or he wouldn't be interested.
4/15/2009 11:53am, #3
4/15/2009 12:00pm, #4
This is definitely the wrong forum. Are you investigating this man's martial art teaching practices? No?
Well then, you have insulted us by not bothering to read the forum descriptions. Anecdotes belong in YMAS. Full fledged investigations belong in this forum, MABS.
You've been here two years. That's long enough to read the forum descriptions.
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4/15/2009 12:00pm, #5
The man is trying to drum up business, pure and simple.
Bear in mind the mechanics of the techniques are going to be a bit different between your karate and his tae kwon do.
4/15/2009 12:08pm, #6
4/15/2009 12:09pm, #7
Guy Who Pays the Bills and Gets the Death Threats
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- Jun 1998
- Cow Town
- MMA (Retired)
Moved to YMAS. If ever in doubt, YMAS.
4/15/2009 1:06pm, #8
From the forum header:
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Bear in mind, I'm an asshole about the rules here. That doesn't mean I'm wrong however. It just means I'm unintentionally a dick about it.
4/15/2009 1:18pm, #9
4/15/2009 1:23pm, #10
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Back on topic:
Have the Karate guy critique your abilities and if you trust him, take his word and ride out the semester with the TKD guy.
Perhaps you can compile you class experience, visit his dojang and do a proper review on him and his school.