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On November 21, 2021 Kukkiwon President Lee-Dong-Sup presented former United States President an honorary 9th Dan Black Belt. For some this was an outrageous misstep. For others it was a triumphant moment. While it is not 100% clear all of the factors that went into the decision to issue this honor, what is clear is that it caused a significant bac…
 
Master Valerie Loureda Bellator MMA 271 Win-Breakdown. Earlier tonight (Friday November 12, 2021) 4th Dan Taekwondo Master, Valerie Loureda, won her match against Taylor Turner in a split decision in Bellator MMA #271. In this episode, Marc Zirogiannis, LIVE during the match, breaks down the victory and calls the "play by play". On Taekwondo Life M…
 
When does an athlete, or a coach, or team have to apologize for winning? If they cheat, for sure! If they gloat, and they treat the losing team disrespectfully, then yes. How about when they simply win big- fair and square, with dignity, but they win really, really big? In Taekwondo Life Magazine's estimation the answer is that you never have to ap…
 
Famed Director, Stuntman, Stunt Coordinator, and writer, Jesse V. Johnson returns to the show to discuss his new, highly acclaimed film, Hell Hath No Fury (2021). This Well Go USA Entertainment release hits theaters next week. Directed by Jesse V. Johnson and starring Nina Bergman, Daniel Bernhardt, Louis Mandylor, Timothy V. Murphy, Dominiquie Van…
 
Taekwondo Life Magazine's, Marc Zirogiannis, talks with martial artist, martial arts movie star, writer, Director, and action choreographer Daniel Bernhardt about his upcoming release, Hell Hath No Fury. This film features Daniel as a Nazi SS Officer in the midst of love and betrayal in France During World War II. This film was Directed by Jesse V.…
 
ESCAPE FROM MOGADISHU, the Well Go USA Entertainment release on digital October 19. You can find out more about this film at: https://www.wellgousa.com/films/escap... Synopsis- Dramatically constructed based on a true story: as civil war rages in Mogadishu, rival North and South Korean diplomats are left trapped. With no aid from either government,…
 
In the 2019 blockbuster film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino scripted a controversial and memorable scene where his lead character, Rick Dalton, encounters and fights a very brash and arrogant, Bruce Lee. Despite the film's fictional nature the scene, and the positive response to the film, the scene created an uproar in the martia…
 
The New York Open Taekwondo Championships and Korean Cultural Festival has been one of the largest Taekwondo tournaments and cultural events in New York State, for over ten (10) years. The event features World Class Sparring and Poomsae, Grass Roots Sparring and Poomsae, Board Breaking, Weapons, and Demo Team Competition. Additionally, this event f…
 
Shijak Author-Master Kathryn Yang is the guest on this week's program. Master Yang is a Harvard trained lawyer, a Taekwondo Master, and the author of an inspiring work of sports fiction, Shijak-To Begin: A Modern Martial Arts Story. She talks to Marc Zirogiannis about this book, about her taekwondo career and about how she has adapted the impact of…
 
Keanu Reeves is one of the best known movie stars in the world. His pictures have grossed more than $6 billion dollars worldwide. The Matrix Trilogy and the John Wick Films have accounted for more than $2 billion in box office ticket sales over the past two decades. These are among the best and most influential films of a generation, and they make …
 
The USA Taekwondo team's, Evan Medell, won the historic Bronze medal as Taekwondo debuted in the 2020 Paralympics on International Taekwondo Day. Brianna Salinaro and Evan Medell were the first US Athletes to represent the USA Taekwondo program as the action got underway in Tokyo for the 2020 games (happening in 2021). On September 4th, Internation…
 
The World Taekwondo Demonstration has wowed the world with their high flying, aerial stunt executing, board breaking, and breathtaking performances on NBC's primetime hit show, America's Got Talent. What started out as a long shot, Golden Buzzer saving pass in the preliminary rounds has turned into an international groundswell of support from taekw…
 
Taekwondo Life Magazine's look at the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Taekwondo results and their impact on the future of this global martial art. After spending three years covering the lead up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics taking place in 2021 we look at the, now concluded, Taekwondo results. What is the state of South Korea's Taekwondo program? Has Taekwondo be…
 
Martin Campbell is the famed Director of such films as James Bond's Goldeneye, Casino Royale, Jackie Chan's The Foreigner, and more. His newest action drama, The Protege', opens August 30th worldwide. This is the story of a child rescued by the legendary assassin Moody (Samuel L. Jackson) and trained in the family business, Anna (Maggie Q) and beco…
 
Bleav in Jessica Fabus Cheng. Jessica Fabus Cheng was listed as one of Taekwondo Life Magazine's "10 Women to Watch". This distinction was for a reason; she is a mover and shaker and has just been named 2021 Mrs. New York America. In November, 2021 she will compete for the title of Mrs. America. Jessica is a health care worker, a spokesperson for D…
 
A look at Well-Go USA's Hydra, a Japanese Martial Arts action thriller. Look for Hydra on Hi-Yah!, on Blue-ray, DVD and POD NOW! Hydra Is a Small Film That Packs a Big Punch. Hydrais a Japanese martial arts action action drama released by Well Go USAthis week. The film marks Kensuke Sonomura’s directorial debut and stars Masanori Mimoto as Takashi,…
 
On July 25, 2021 Team USA's 18 year old Sensation, Ana Zolotic made history as the first US Women's Taekwondo athlete to earn a Gold Medal since Taekwondo became a recognized Medal Sport. Here is a re-broadcast of our episode from 2019 as she was beginning her training in the USA National Center of Excellence, on her way to a future Olympic career.…
 
International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach speaks with Taekwondo Life Magazine's, Marc Zirogiannis, about the current state of readiness for the Olympics, the spectator decision, the arrival of first Olympic athletes in Tokyo, and more. President Bach has visited the International Broadcast Centre (IBC) at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2…
 
After weeks of discussion and deliberation the five (5) major parties involved in planning the 2020 Summer Olympic games came to the decision that No Spectators would be allowed as cases of COVID-19 rise in Japan and vaccination rates remain very low (5%). The International Olympic Committee (IOC), The International Paralympic Committee (IPC), The …
 
On June 25, 2021 USA Taekwondo's Grand Prix East got under way in Greenville, South Carolina. This was the 3rd major post-Covid event hosted by USAT in order to allow Taekwondo athletes to return to competition in Poomsae and Sparring in preparation for the USAT Nationals. Marc Zirogiannis, Taekwondo Life Magazine's host and editor, attended the ev…
 
Will Fans Be Allowed At The Tokyo Olympics? The answer to this question can be found in the Statement on Spectator Capacities at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 issued on 21 June, 2021. The statement was issued by the five parties, namely the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the Tokyo 2020 Organising…
 
Taekwondo Life Magazine looks at the announcement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Refugee Team. Twenty-nine athletes competing across 12 sports and from 13 host National Olympic Committees (NOCs) will be part of the IOC Refugee Olympic Team (EOR) Tokyo 2020. The Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today approved the composit…
 
Taekwondo Life Magazine has been covering every step of the Floyd Mayweather-Logan Paul Exhibition fight since it was announced last year. We brought to the attention of the world how Fanmio had postponed the fight, without a new date, and continued to take fan money. On Sunday June 6th the fight did happen and this episode provides a wrap up of th…
 
Marc Zirogiannis talks about the best seller book, Becoming Bulletproof: Protect Yourself, Read People, Influence Situations, and Live Fearlessly, by Evy Poumpouras. The host and Editor of Taekwondo Life Magazine talks about the books three sections: Protection, Reading People, and Influence. Poumpouras has woven her autobiographical experiences as…
 
With only two months left before the Opening Ceremonies of the Summer Games in Tokyo the infection rates in Tokyo are on the rise. Vaccination rates are low. There is confusion and panic over whether the games will happen, or if they should. Marc Zirogiannis, Taekwondo Life Magazine's Editor in Chief, presents some updates on this topic and a look …
 
Master Valerie Loureda Update- Bellator 259. On Friday May 21, 2021 Taekwondo Master Valerie Loureda returned to the ring for Showtime's Bellator 259. Master Loureda faced Hannah Guy in her 3rd Bellator fight, which appeared on the Main Card for the first time. Although Master Loureda suffered her first defeat, the fight did go to the decision of t…
 
As the world emerges from the Global COVID-19 Pandemic, Taekwondo Life Magazine's Editor and host, Marc Zirogiannis, discusses the emergence of live Taekwondo events in the middle part of 2021. We look at some of the upcoming events, their sponsors, and caveats to look out for before traveling to out of state venues to compete in these tournaments.…
 
A discussion of the overhaul of the USA Taekwondo Officiating program and a look at AAU Taekwondo's latest Referee appointment. From our April/May 20210 Issue-USA Taekwondo has completed its restructure of referee leadership following a comprehensive review and interview process, providing a strong platform moving forward for the recruitment, devel…
 
Kyosanim Jason Aptekar joins Marc Zirogiannis to discuss his commitment to service and its relationship to the principles of Taekwondo. Jason has embarked on a mission to raise funds for some worthy causes. Sunday May 2, 2021 is Jason's first Challenge of 2021 - a virtual Half Marathon for The Flying Pig Marathon of Cincinnati. Raising money for th…
 
From Taekwondo Life Magazine's Review: The Paper Tigers is a winner! When I heard that the film's Writer and Director, Quoc Boa Tran, opted to take The PaperTigers off the Hollywood studio track and produce this martial arts movie project using the Crowd-Funding route I became very curious. Before seeing the film I had very low expectations for it.…
 
Is It Time For A Class Action Against Mayweather and Fanmio? Months after the heavily marketed Floyd Mayweather- Logan Paul exhibition fight was postponed there is still no meaningful information about the new date. There has been no official announcement about the state of this event. Where is all the money collected from the fans that paid for th…
 
A look at Chakra Meditation. In May of 2021 Taekwondo Life Magazine did an introductory program on the benefits of meditation for Taekwondo practitioners. In that episode we outlined some of the different types of meditation programs that exist. In this episode Marc Zirogiannis takes a deep dive into a specific type of meditation; Chakra Meditation…
 
James Killingsworth is a Pharmacist, 5th Dan Taekwondo practitioner, and author. He speaks to Taekwondo Life Magazine's, Marc Zirogiannis, about his upcoming book release, Martial Art Over 50: One Man's Dream-The Inner Aspect. This amazing Taekwondo and martial arts resource was written from the perspective of a practitioner that dove into his mart…
 
Marc Zirogiannis takes a look at the new Kung Fu television series, launching on The CW on April 7, 2021. This reimagined version of the 1972 show, which starred David Carradine, stars Olivia Liang in the leading role. The show is a contemporary show about a a young women's journey from San Francisco to a Shaolin Monastery to discover herself. Afte…
 
As a member of the IOC New Media Corp., Taekwondo Life Magazine offers the thoughts of IOC President, Thomas Bach, on the preparation for the 2020 Summer Games taking place in Tokyo in 2021. The question on everyone's mind is, "Will the 2020 Olympics happen?". Additionally people want to know what safety measures are being provided to athletes, coa…
 
Marc Zirogiannis interviews 1988 Olympic Taekwondo Gold medalist, Dana Hee. Dana Hee is a Taekwondo practitioner, 1988 US Gold Medal Taekwondo Olympian, Stuntperson, actress, and motivational speaker. Abandoned, kidnapped and abused as a child, Dana Hee grew to be a young woman with no self-confidence or self-esteem. She even ended up on the street…
 
Ip Man: Kung Fu Master (2021), the latest film in a series of stories about the life and legacy of Bruce Lee’s legendary Wing Chu Master, Ip Man, hits the US market this week. IP MAN: KUNG FU MASTER harks back to Ip’s early days before the Communist Revolution in 1949. Ip, portrayed by Dennis To for the third time as the martial artist who famously…
 
USA Taekwondo announced the opening of an alternate spot on the USA Taekwondo Olympic team for the Tokyo Games. The spot is in the Female 57 KG Category. A spot has been announced for the USA Taekwondo team for the, now postponed, 2020 Olympic Games. This is an opportunity for an athlete to match skills against other potential sparring athletes for…
 
Marc Zirogiannis, Taekwondo Life's Editor-in- Chief, brings some big news in the world of Mixed Martial Arts with an an announcement from Bellator MMA, the latest from the world of the Professional Fighters' League (PFLMMA), and an update on the Floyd Mayweather-Logan Paul Fight scheduled for the 20th of February. Taekwondo Life Magazine runs a vib…
 
Taekwondo Life Magazine has been following the Mayweather-Logan Paul exhibition fight since it was announced. Marc Zirogiannis sheds light on a the scam being perpetrated against the public in the Fanmio Boxing promoted event. This episode is presented by EBay, the world’s best destination for discovering great value and unique selection. See Priva…
 
Talking with the legendary Martial Arts Master Grandmaster Robert "Sugar" Crosson. Marc Zirogiannis, Editor-in-Chief of Taekwondo Life Magazine, spoke with Grandmaster Crosson from his personal trophy room in Tampa, Florida. Grandmaster Crosson, a student of the legendary Moses Powell, has almost 60 years of experience in the the martial arts. He h…
 
A look at the new documentary film, More Than Miyagi-The Pat Morita Story. This Kevin Derek project provides a look at the iconic and beloved Japanese-American actor and comedian who brought The Karate Kid's central character to life. Pat Morita was known for his role as the wise Japanese Sensei of the 1980's blockbuster, The Karate Kid, but he was…
 
A look at Season 3 of the hit Karate Kid spin-off series, Cobra Kai. The highly anticipated release of the former YouTube property delivers an engaging and enjoyable continuation of the Karate Kid series. While the series is corny and predictable, it is also still very watchable. It works, in part, because it doesn’t take itself too seriously. Ther…
 
A look at the International Olympic Committee's lifetime ban against Cuban Taekwondo Player, Angel Matos, which was the result of his assault on the Center Taekwondo Referee during the Bronze Medal round of the 2008 Summer Olympics. This episode looks at the sanctity of the official in Taekwondo and other sports. A recent incident at a Texas High S…
 
Master Ronnie Malina returns to the program to discuss his new book, Above and Beyond: Heartfelt Stories of the American Police Officer. This book is an attempt by Malina, a seasoned law enforcement officer, martial artist, and author to tell stories of the good works done by fellow police officers. Too often the news has been littered with tales o…
 
Master Super Stretch, Dennis Torres, one of the earliest members of the Famed Guardian Angels, joins Taekwondo Life Magazine for a discussion of the founding of the organization in 1979, the mission of the Guardian Angels, and its current status. Master Stretch discusses martial arts training in the organization and the community martial arts progr…
 
In December, 2020 Taekwondo Life Magazine joined the Bleav Podcast Network, the #1 Podcast network for Sports and Professionals. Host, Marc Zirogiannis, discusses why we made this decision and how it will impact the future of Taekwondo Life Magazine's show and programming. #DoYouBleav? See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California …
 
As 2020 draws to a close Taekwondo Life Magazine takes a look at this very difficult year. From the Taekwondo community's approach to the global Pandemic to a look at the growth of Taekwondo Life Magazine's multi-media platform into an international powerhouse this episode brings our occasional and new listeners up to date on everything happening i…
 
As the second decade of the 21st Century draws to a close we figured it was a good a time as any to list our top 5 fight scenes so far this Century. The criteria for this list was that the film needed to be a martial arts film released since the year 2000, and the fight scene needed to be a “person to person” fight. Fight scenes with multiple oppon…
 
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