A Crossroads: The Broken Finger

(An Excerpt from the author’s forthcoming book: Taekwondo For Adults)

by Grandmaster Doug Cook

Published in Totally TaeKwonDo Magazine

February 2024

“I began studying taekwondo late in life. Not to earn medals or to take trophies, but to learn how to protect my young family and gain a quiet confidence. Little did I know at the time what this discipline truly meant or where it would take me.”

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Grandmaster Doug Cook, 9th Dan Chang Moo Kwan and 7th Dan Kukkiwon-certified black belt, is owner of the Chosun Taekwondo Academy located in Warwick, New York, a senior student of the late Grandmaster Richard Chun, president of the United States Taekwondo Alliance, and an Advisory Council member of the World Martial Arts Alliance. He has authored four best-selling books entitled: Taekwondo…Ancient Wisdom for the Modern Warrior, Traditional Taekwondo – Core Techniques, History and Philosophy, Taekwondo–A Path to Excellence, and Taekwondo Black Belt Poomsae: Original Koryo and Koryo. Grandmaster Cook has been a monthly contributor to Totally TaeKwonDo magazine since 2009. He can be reached for seminars, Korea training tours, national and international online ZOOM workshops, or questions regarding USTA membership at www.chosuntkd.com, www.ustaweb.com, on Facebook, or through email at info@chosuntkd.com.