As strange as it may seem to claim that there are politics in Taekwondo (a Korean martial art), but it is true. When I use to study Taekwondo it took me a while before I realised that politics can really influence what happens in the dojang (the training hall). In fact, I only really began noticing the politics involved when I became a second degree (or Dan) black belt. When you attain a certain senior level within an association, and this might vary from association to association, naturally it is expected that you will take on a greater responsibility. Within Taekwondo this is from when you earn the black belt.
However, not everyone who reaches black belt status is able to take on the greater responsibility that the senior grades would like them to. For many this means opening up their own club, or indeed clubs. But for some people … Read More