From time to time I check to see how my ranking is doing for the keyword “Taekwondo Gear” on Google’s organic search results.  Today my niche site is at 61st.  It was at 59th a few days ago, but this just goes to show that the rankings for various sites change as sites change.

I have not added any new content on my niche site, nor have I started any back linking work yet.  So it just makes sense that my niche site’s ranking haven’t change much.  The fact that I haven’t done additional work on it might reflect in the two position drop my site had in Google’s rankings.

Before the week is over, I will begin writing one more posting, then begin the back linking work on at least one site.  When I do begin the back linking work, I will do it on the following sites:

Article Directories (only if it's free)
  • EzineArticles
  • GoArticles
  • Amazines
  • ArticleDashboard
  • ArticleBlast
  • ArticleAlley
  • Buzzle
  • iSnare
  • TheFreeLibrary
Blogs (these are all free)
  • Live Journal
Web 2.0 sites (free)
  • Squidoo
  • Hubpages
  • InfoBarrel
  • Bukisa

Koryo FTC Halloween Potluck 2011

Halloween Potluck 2011

Halloween came early at the Koryo Family Taekwondo Center.

Halloween isn’t until Monday, 31 Oct 2011.  However, kids of all ages had the haunting of their lives a few days early–Friday, 28 Oct 2011, at the Koryo Family Taekwondo Center Halloween Potluck party.

We had creatures of all size, shape, age, and looks.  Here are some, just to name a few:

  • Link (from the Legend of Zelda)
  • Yellow Angry Bird
  • Zombie boy
  • Spiderman
  • Luigi
  • Vampire woman
  • Spider queen
  • Cleopatra
  • Anakin Skywalker
  • Yellow KittyContinue reading

Last Sunday I did my long run—about 18 miles worth.  Whew!!!  That was a long run.

Anyway, I am not really a fast runner, and from the time I left the house—about 7 am—to the time I finished, hours passed.  And on this particular run, I felt the call of nature.

Specifically, I ran this in about 3 hours and 10 minutes (3:10).  Here’s the kicker—at mile 6.5, I felt the call of nature—of type #1.  Since I typically clear myself before such a long run, I decided to just let this ride.  I knew that this was just a feeling, and I just had to hang in there.

So all the way through the run I had the urge to pee.  Unfortunately there were no convenient place to do this for the running route that I took.  On at least one occasion, I seriously thought about going into a bush and just doing it there.

But, I hung on to the finish.  Here’s the funny thing.  When I finished the run, I no longer had the urge to pee!

The moral of the story…

Sometimes when you feel like going, it probably doesn’t mean you have to go.  If you can hold it, just wait until the finish.  If, however, you feel like you are bursting at the seams, by all means find a convenient spot to deliver.

Just about a week ago, my niche site–– was on the 13th page of the Google organic search results for the keyword “taekwondo gear.”  Today, I checked again.  This time my niche site is 9th from the top of page 6 of the google organic search.  The rank is 59th to be exact.

2nd Google Rank Check for keyword "Taekwondo Gear"

2nd Google Rank Check for keyword "Taekwondo Gear"

Note that I haven’t even started any kind of back linking or article spinning campaign yet. This looking good. I just need to write a few more postings, and I think the ranking will just continue to move up.

We will soon see.

Olympic Taekwondo Ditches Sport's Traditions


Early in October 2011, there was news posted on the web titled “Olympic Taekwondo Ditches Sport’s Traditions.”  In this article, they noted that just a year before, the governing body for Taekwondo changed the rules for sparring so that judges award more points for head shots.

In my own personal opinion, the way Taekwondo has evolved in sports, not just in the Olympics, isn’t helping promote it as a martial arts.  I’ve personally seen it detract from the traditional teachings of martial arts.

In the referenced article, competitors who make it to black belt say that they simply focus on training to fight and not even think about other parts of the art, to include forms (or “poomsae” in Korean).  This behavior is contrary to traditional teaching of Taekwondo as a whole.

People have seen evidence of this trend seen as early as the 2008 Olympics.  In one sparring match, a Cuban competitor wasn’t happy with a referee’s call, and decided to kick the referee on the face.  That Cuban fighter (I call him fighter because he isn’t a martial artist) has long been banned from Taekwondo competition.  That was a sad day in Taekwondo, an art known to help build stronger inner character for those who truly practice it.

I know of at least a couple of schools in my state where their main focus is sparring.  One of them is no longer in business, while the other remains open.  If all the focus is on sparring, then it is no longer a martial art.  They should explicitly be advertised as Sports Taekwondo instead of just plain Taekwondo (or Tae Kwon Do) so people will know it is sports and not a martial arts.

The sport itself detracts from realistic fights since it focuses on kicks.  The hands are mainly there to block or to help set up for a kick.  Never in my life have I seen anyone score with a punch; judges award points for kicks only.  This is why Taekwondo is widely known as a style that uses lots of kicks.

Note that the sport of Taekwondo has its place.  For my students, it allows them to compete and test their skills with other kids whom they’ve not sparred before.  It also helps them experience winning and losing, and in the process exercise the application of Taekwondo tenets–courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control, indomitable spirit, and victory.

If things are to improve in the sports of Taekwondo, techniques of both the hands and the feet must be awarded points.  After all, isn’t Taekwondo the art of using the hands and feet for self-defense?

What do you think?  Do you agree?  Please comment below.


Taekwondo child bowing to show respect

Taekwondo child bowing to show respect

As a parent, you might have this lingering question–“Is Taekwondo good for my child?”

The simple answer to this “yes”, for the following reasons:

  • Respect.  Taekwondo teaches kids to show respect; at our Taekwondo school, the student begins by bowing to staff, students, and guests as soon as they enter the training hall.
  • Motor Skills.  Children perform drills which help them become more coordinated–helping them improve their motor skills.
  • Self-defense.  Kids learn that Taekwondo is only for self-defense.
  • Agility and Skill.  Kids learn about the Olympic sport of Taekwondo and through training improve their agility and skill.
  • Self-confidence.  Through training and testing, children are able to build their self-confidence.
  • Leadership.  As children move up in rank, they learn to set goals and objectives to reach their goals.  At higher belt levels, they are taught to lead the class through warm up exercises.
  • Code of Conduct.  Kids learn about the tenets of Taekwondo–courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control, indomitable spirit, and victory.
If your kids take Taekwondo, how has it change them?  Please share your thoughts by posting comments below.

Last week was an easy week for me from the perspective of running.  From my last long run last week to this weekend’s long run, I didn’t run at all.  And guess what happened?

I basically took a week off, not because I really wanted to, but it was a necessity.  Remember, in order for me to get runs in, I have to wake up early.  Last week, I’ve been sleeping late which make it extremely difficult to wake up early.

So, in order to get enough sleep, I had to forgo running for a few days.

Then last Sunday, I did a long run—about 16 miles.  It wasn’t a bad run, until I got to around 12 miles.  At around that point, I started feeling soreness on my left calf.

I continued running through the pain to completion of the run.  A few hours after the run, my left calf was really sore, to the point that I dare not put pressure on it.

Anyway, I decided to rest my legs for a couple of days.  This morning, I did my interval training, and I was OK for a bit, but I could still feel the soreness on my left calf…not good.

The moral of the story are…

  1. On long runs, gradually build up distance again, after a one week or greater break.  Rushing to longer distance faster than recommended can actually slow your progress as a result of injury.
  2. Make sure to get enough sleep.  It is hard to get motivated when you are sleepy.

Okay, I’m already around a week into this project focusing on “Taekwondo Gear” as the niche key word.  At the beginning, the site wasn’t ranked.  As of today, is on the 13th page of Google’s organic search result; specifically it is on the 124th position.

google ranking for

After at least a week, is number 124th

I’m going to have to track this to see if I see improvement over time, as I add more articles, then later some back links, I expect it to move up in rank over time.

Figuring out the market niche I wish to blog about is the very first step.

How did I go about doing it?

Well, I sort of used the suggestions from Pat Flynn and the author of the book “Crush It” and went with a topic that is close and dear to my heart–Taekwondo.

I suppose I could have search the web for ideas.  There are many different ways to do this:

  1. Search on the topic of Taekwondo and see what niches comes up.
  2. Search and see what it brings up at the bottom of the first page on what people may be searching for
  3. Search Yahoo Answers or Web Answers for the topic of Taekwondo and see what people are asking.
  4. Use a tool to find a key word that would serve as the basis for the market niche.

I decided on the fourth bullet.  To do this I purchased Market Samurai.  It is pricey, but I figured that aside from using the tool to determine my market niche, I can use it as a tool to determine good key words for the various articles I know I’ll be writing.

If you want more information about Market Samurai, you can get more information about it by clicking the Market Samurai information link.

The keyword I chose was Taekwondo.  I entered that word and Market Samurai popped up with various key word combinations and their corresponding SEOT (SEO Traffic) values and SEOC (SEO Competition) values.  In using the tool, I focused on the key words that had a relatively high SEOT and low SEOC.  A quick check on the SEO key word competition which shows the various sites that shows up as the 10 sites on google’s organic search results shows that the competition isn’t really there.  The ones that show up there are mostly sites that sell martial arts gear.

I figure that I will capitalize on Taekwondo gear and give people reviews, opinion, and information regarding and relating to Taekwondo gear.

After determining that “taekwondo gear” is going to be it, I checked the availability of the domain.  The best I could do was

When I get a chance, I’ll post a video of how I used Market Samurai to choose my market niche.  It really did save me time in making this determination.

Let me know if you have any questions or if you have any comments regarding how I approached the selection of my market niche.