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‘The Way’ at the 2014 Reebok Spartan Race

August 22, 2014 in general, news by admin



Assistant instructor Leo assisting some participants.


Feeling accomplished!

Feeling accomplished!

See more photos from our participation at the 2014 Reebok’s Spartan Race here.

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Some interesting links to recent Naver Cafe articles

August 20, 2014 in news by admin


Master Kim has posted many things on Naver Cafe, they are all in Korean. Since most foreigners don’t use Naver Cafe, I’ve posted the links here for you. Even if you can’t read Korean, the pictures and videos are very informative.

Introduction to The Way Martial Arts and Fitness:

An introduction to various CrossFit activities:

SBS CrossFit report:

The Way Martial Arts and Fitness has participated in the Reebok Spartan Race 2014:

Recent CrossFit activities:

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Top reasons to use a Full-body workout

April 14, 2013 in general, Tips by admin

1. Smaller time commitment!alarm clock WEB

Since full body workouts can be performed over the course of just two or three days a week, this allows more time for other obligations in your life.

2. Ideal for Fat-loss!

If you’re looking for fat loss, then the perfect choice here is also full body workouts. Full body workouts make for the ideal fat loss workout set-up because they will get you working each muscle group at least twice a week, but won’t ask too much from the body in terms of recovery. When you exercise, you use muscle. This helps build muscle mass, and muscle tissue burns more calories — even when you’re at rest — than body fat.

“The most effective way to increase metabolism and burn more calories is by aerobic exercise and strength training. Both are important,” Megan A. McCrory, PhD, a researcher with the School of Nutrition and Exercise Science at Bastyr University

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Strength training becomes especially important as we get older, when our metabolisms tend to slow down. One way to stop this is to add some strength training to your workout at least a couple of times a week. The largest muscles (and therefore the largest calorie burners) are in the thighs, abdomen, chest, and arms.

3. Higher Recovery rate

One main reason why some people do not progress on their workout program is simply because they aren’t recovering from session to session. Some people cannot handle back-to-back workouts even though they aren’t working the same muscle part, so for those individuals, full body workouts are perfect. You will get at least one day off between each full body workout, so they will give your muscles maximum recovery time.

4. Variety is the spice of life!

In order to prevent training plateaus, it’s important that you’re constantly manipulating something about your workout program. This could be the exercises you’re performing, the total number of reps you are using, the style and resistance of your workout etc.

Here at The Way, using Martial Arts and CrossFit, we provide a strength and conditioning programme consisting of constantly varied functional and skilled movements. Using Martial Arts combined with CrossFit, our workouts will improve your capability at the 10 physical skills;Cardio-respiratory Endurance, Strength, Flexibility, Stamina, Speed, Power, Accuracy, Agility, Balance and Coordination.


CrossFit at The Way : CrossFit is Variety.
CrossFit specialises in NOT-specialiDSC01480sing. Functional fitness includes strength, flexibility, endurance, stamina, speed, power, agility, balance, coordination and accuracy.  If you want to be good in ALL of these areas, variety is a must. To get this variety, we use movements and training techniques and skills from the sports of weightlifting, gymnastics, and metabolic conditioning.  We also sprinkle in the use of kettle bells, plyometrics, medicine balls, battle rope etc.

5. Simple Scheduling

If you’re someone who finds life crowding out your workouts on a regular basis, full body workouts are the most practical approach for those who have irregular schedules.

6. Lower levels of boredom

finding it hard to drag yourself to the gym regularly enough to see a difference? The more often you repeat the same activity over and over again the greater the chances that you will find boredom settling in. Since full body workouts require lower levels of frequency, they already have an advantage.

Here at The Way, you’re constantly challenged by the changing warm-ups and conditioning routines as well as learning new skills in Martial Arts, perfect for keeping your interest!

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ITF Taekwondo & Hapkido at The Way Martial Arts Seoul

April 14, 2013 in Training information by admin


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The Way Martial Arts on SBS

February 4, 2013 in news by admin

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The Way welcomes new Expats to Seoul!

January 27, 2013 in general, news by admin

Springtime offer 2013

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ITF 태권도

January 11, 2013 in Training information by admin

ITF 태권도?  우리가 일반적으로 부르는 태권도랑 틀린건가요? 아님 같은 건가요?
간단히 애기해 전세계는 두가지 구룹의 태권도가 있습니다. 
ITF 란 International Taekwondo Federation 의 준말이며 흔히 애기하는 국기원은 World Taekwondo Federation. 의 준말 입니다.  이 두구룹이 전세계의 태권도를 리드하고 있습니다.

ITF는 1966년 WTF는 1973년 시작되었습니다.   태권도의 창시자로 불리는 최홍희 장군이1972년 캐나다로 망명후 1973년 김운용에 의해 만들어진것이 WTF 입니다. 
1972년 망명 후 ITF는 캐나다에 본부를 두고 태권도를 보급했고, WTF는 88올림픽 이후 급성장 하였습니다. 

ITF는 주먹 기술을 사용함으로 보다 실전적 무도라 불리며 WTF는 올림픽 가입 후 보다 스포츠화 되어 버렸습니다. 그래서  ITF 를 정통태권도라 불립니다.
저는 2002년 캐나다를 방문해 연수 후 ITF 사범 자격을 받았습니다.
아래는 ITF 태권도의 유명인으로 제친구인 일본의 황수일 사범의 동영상 입니다.

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Friday night Sparring

January 11, 2013 in news, Training information by admin

두명다 30전이고 정말 열심히 살고 취미로 운동을 선택해 운동도 열심입니다. 라이벌 의식이 둘이서 강해 스파링을 하면 진지하게 하네요.

어린이도 스파링교육을 자주시키고자 합니다. 용기있는 사람은 사람에 대한 두려움이 없어질때 가능합니다.

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2013 – Year of the abs!

January 6, 2013 in Tips by admin

How to Get Flat Abs

man-and-women-flat-stomachLike the quest for the Holy Grail, many people are on a mission to improve their abs. Luckily, lost abs can be found again with a little bit of effort. These nine simple exercises and lifestyle tips really work

No. 1: Improve Your Posture

Slouch and your stomach pooches. Straighten up, and your tummy looks trimmer without breaking a sweat! For better posture, align your ears over your shoulders, shoulders over hips, hips over knees, and knees over ankles. Keep your shoulders open like a shirt on a hanger, not one draped on a peg. Draw your navel to your spine. Not least, keep your weight even on the balls of your feet and your heels.

No. 2: Think Whole-Body Exercise

DSC00300Don’t get so into your abs that you overlook your other muscles. You’ll look better if all your core muscles are firm. That includes your glutes and back muscles. Kettlebell exercises are one way to work all of the core muscles, plus the arms and legs. A Crossfit and Kickboxing class at The Way is perfect!

No. 3: Try the Canoe Twist

Stand upright, feet apart. Lock your fingers to create a solid grip. Exhale, and sweep the hands, arms, shoulders, and chest to the left, as if you were rowing a canoe. At the same time, lift the left knee up and to the right. Inhale and return to the starting position. Exhale and perform the movement to the right. Keep switching sides for 20 reps.

No. 4: Do the Cat Kick

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Stand with feet together, arms out at your sides like airplane wings. Exhale, and lift the right leg forward and up. At the same time, sweep the arms forward at shoulder level and round your spine, like a cat. The navel should feel as though it’s pressing toward the spine. Inhale, open back up, and return to the starting position. Repeat with your left leg. Switch between sides for 20 reps.

No. 5: Practice the Pilates Zip Up

Stand upright with heels together, toes slightly turned out. Bring your arms up, hands joined, below the chin. Exhale and press your arms down. Keep your hands and arms very close to the body. At the same time, lift your heels off the ground onto your tiptoes. Hold for two seconds at the “top,” inhale, and return to the starting position. The abs go “in and up” and the arms go down. Do 20 reps.

No. 6: Examine Your Diet

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You can do ab exercises until the cows come home. But if you’ve got extra belly fat, your strong abs won’t show. To budge the belly fat, you have to look at what you eat and how active you are. Eat less and move more, and make good-for-you food choices. Think lean protein and veggies, not greasy burgers and fries.

No. 7: Sneak ab exercises into everyday life

Stability balls and Bosu balls, straps and bands, and joining a gym can add zip to a workout. But you can sneak an ab workout into your daily life simply by standing tall and straight and breathing out, while you draw your navel to your spine. Try this when you walk, stand in line at the store, or chat at a party.

No. 8: Set Realistic Goals

rock hard ab cat

Your favorite star’s or athlete’s abs are worth aiming for, but don’t expect to mimic them. Your genes may play a role in your body’s shape. That’s no excuse to give up and head for the cookie jar, of course. Set realistic goals that are focused on your body, not on some perfect image. You’ll wind up both firmer and happier.

No. 9: Take Things Slow

Changing your midriff is a matter of slow and steady progress, not fast fixes. Your road to flat abs may even have some setbacks (hello, holiday eating!). But if you give it time and keep at it, your middle really can go from flab to fab.

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The benefits of CrossFit and Martial Arts training

January 6, 2013 in Training information by admin

Bored of the Health clubs? New years resolution already wearing thin?
then maybe it’s time you joined The Way Martial Arts & Fitness programs, combining high intensity crossfit routines with exciting martial arts skills and training, you’ll never set foot in a health club again!
CrossFit is a vigorous workout that combines weigh-lifting aerobics and gymnastics all in one so that you become fit in every area of your game. It prepares you to be functionally fit: to push every aspect of your body to the max so that you’re healthy, strong and in shape so you’re fit to do anything that life throws at you.

MMA includes Kickboxing/Muay Thai and Jiu-jitsu training and sparring. Kickboxing/Muay Thai is a standing fighting sport using kicks, punches and strikes and Jiu-jitsu is a system utilising throws, locks and chokes to submit your opponent.


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CrossFit forms the basis of our conditioning here at The Way and is a fast-paced, intense workout that can take less than 15 minutes a day because that quarter of an hour is going to be condensed, nonstop movement. It may only be three or four routines, such as burpees, a jog and squats, but the idea is that you keep doing each one over and over through the set time.
It’s a concentrated shot of exercise and the perfect partner for your Martial Arts training.

Coupled with the pad training drills you’ll learn in Kickboxing and the sparring routines in Jiu-jitsu it provides a great ratio of intensity to skill training.


Effort is the key to any sucessful workout and because you’re working against the clock in the CrossFit and kickboxing pad rounds you reach your goals sooner. The key to CrossFit is the intensity, but hidden in that fact is that you’re inherently pushing yourself to do the most you can through each exercise in the workout.
Everyone wants results, but not everyone puts in the effort. In a regular gym, it’s easy to cheat reps here and there or sneak a longer break than necessary, but because of the time limit and also the motivation to achieve your own personal best time, there’s no option other than to max yourself out.

Short WOWs

If you don’t have the time to spend an hour on the treadmill staring at the wall, the CrossFit Workouts of the Week (WOWs) are what you need. One of the main benefits of CrossFit is that you can be finished in a matter of minutes — literally.
In a span of 15 or 20 minutes, you’ll be asked to complete as many rounds of a specific circuit as you can. By the end of it, because of the aforementioned intensity and effort, you’ll have burned more calories than you would have sleepwalking through a regular workout. Then you’ll move onto the skills training providing the perfect mental and physical workout.
It’s faster and it’s more effective and helps you build a great functional fitness base on which to build your martial skills.



Often times a gym is just a collection of random people focused on doing their own different exercises. At The Way, it’s community.
Since the exercises are done in group workouts, the others often encourage you and help you push your boundaries.
Everyone has the same goal in mind: to get in the best shape possible. Because of that, everyone is on the same team and working for the same goals. The camaraderie at The Way is part of what makes our programs so unique.


The instructors make a huge difference. You didn’t think you were doing these intense workouts on your own, did you?
The Way instructors will teach, motivate and guide you through the workouts and help modify them around your skills.
If you’ve been thinking about signing up for an expensive personal trainer your membership at The Way basically has one included so spend wisely!


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The workouts are sometimes hard to describe because they are so multidimensional. When you’re doing CrossFit, you’re not just going to the gym to bulk up or to climb steps. This isn’t basic circuit training or boxing it’s a program that mixes many different exercises that push all parts of your body to their limits.

The MMA includes self defence, hand skills, kicks, strikes, chokes, locks, pad work, partner work and sparring.

CrossFit includes Olympic weightlifting, calisthenics, gymnastics, sprints, plyometrics and a few other miscellaneous exercises. When you add it all up, you’ll never be disinterested at the gym and your body won’t plateau from repetition.
In the CrossFit workout you are not specializing. It’s constantly changing, which keeps your mind and body from getting bored. The Martial Arts skills you will learn are engaging and interesting so you wont even know you’re getting fit!

Weakness Can’t Hide

Since there are so many different challenging facets to our crossfit and Martial Arts classes none of your weaknesses will be able to hide. If you’re a power lifter who solely focuses on the glory muscles, your endurance, cardio and conditioning will be exposed. If you’re a marathon runner, then you’re going to grow in very different realms.
The goal of CrossFit is not to make you necessarily super-strong, super-flexible or super-fast, but pretty strong, pretty flexible, pretty fast and pretty good at a lot of other things, too. It’s the ultimate jack-of-all-trades workout and nothing gets left behind. The Martial aspects will provide you with exciting sports specific skills, self defence skills, confidence, speed, balance and discipline.

Guys and Girls welcome!

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If you thought that Martial Arts was a guy thing, think again. With the goal of the workout focused around overall physical preparedness opposed to just bulk strength, women are drawn to it.
You’d be surprised to know that the male-female ratios show women as the majority participants, with splits ranging from 60-40 and even up to 70-30.