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A martial arts Podcast featuring interviews, news, training techniques, and information about Taekwondo from the pages of Taekwondo Life Magazine. We Celebrate Life Through Taekwondo and here is the place to hear the best guests and get the most updated information on the art and sport of Taekwondo.

A martial arts Podcast featuring interviews, news, training techniques, and information about Taekwondo from the pages of Taekwondo Life Magazine. We Celebrate Life Through Taekwondo and here is the place to hear the best guests and get the most updated information on the art and sport of Taekwondo.


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A martial arts Podcast featuring interviews, news, training techniques, and information about Taekwondo from the pages of Taekwondo Life Magazine. We Celebrate Life Through Taekwondo and here is the place to hear the best guests and get the most updated information on the art and sport of Taekwondo.






Mike Tyson versus Roy Jones Jr Fight Recap

Mike Tyson took on Roy Jones, Jr on Saturday November 28, 2020 for a historic fight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Taekwondo Life Magazine covered the entire event; from the press junkets prior to the fight, the weigh-in, the match, and post-fight analysis. This episode provides a look at this long awaited event, a break down of the judge's scorecards, and final decision in this match up. Mike Tyson was the youngest heavyweight champion in the history of the sport. Roy Jones Jr. was a...


Mike Tyson-Roy Jones, Jr Media Day Press Conference

Taekwondo Life Magazine's special coverage the MEDIA DAY Press Conference for the historic Mike Tyson v. Roy Jones Jr. match to be held on Saturday November 28, 2020 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Hear Jones and Tyson in their own words at this event. Support the show (https://squareup.com/store/tae-kwon-do-life-magazine/item/podcast-support-donation)


Essential Reading For Taekwondo Practitioners

Marc Zirogiannis, Taekwondo Life Magazine's host, recommends some essential reading for Taekwondo practitioners. From practical books on Taekwondo to techniques to books on self and life improvement there are boundless books to choose from. Taekwondo Life Magazine provides some insight into a handful of book that are worth an investment of time and energy for the modern Taekwondo practitioner. These books include the newest release from bruce Lee's daughter, Shannon, to the controversial...


How Poomsae Saved Taekwondo

As the Global Pandemic of 2020 began to escalate Taekwondo schools around the world began to close their doors, indefinitely. Many Taekwondo schools made monumental changes in their delivery mechanisms, implementing online classes and alternative training programs to provide a lifeline to their student populations. While these programs were able to help individuals train during the pandemic there was no ability to practice sparring under the conditions of social distancing, and in a virtual...


Talking With Amy Johnston

Amy Johnston is an American Actress and 3rd Degree Black Belt. She has been a stunt double on major films such as Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Deadpool. She has starred in such martial arts action films as Lady Blood Fight, and Female Fight Squad. Following her first two films Johnston starred in the award winning short film titled The Gate. She is constantly working as an actress and martial artist in popular video games such as Tomb Raider and Spiderman. Amy also played the very...


Anti-Asian Bias in the Coronavirus Era

2020 saw the rise of the greatest worldwide medical crisis in 100 years. Sickness and death have not been the only consequences of this global pandemic. The world has seen a rise in anti-Asian sentiment as a result of misconceptions, conspiracy theories, and ignorance about the nature and origins of COVID-19. The era has been marked by political figures in the U.S. calling the virus "Kung Flu" and "Chinese Flu", to acts of violence against Asians in countries around the globe. The behavior...


Talking Yoga And Taekwondo with Nina Park

Nina Park is a 3rd Dan Taekwondo practitioner, musician, songwriter, and world traveler. After 13 years of yoga practice Nina became a certified yoga teacher in order to help others discover the life improving benefits of this practice. As a second generation Taekwondoist Nina offers a unique perspective on the benefits of yoga study for the Taekwondo practitioner. She talks with Taekwondo Life Magazine's Marc Zirogiannis about her journey from living as a Korean-American woman, living in...


Talking With Gabriella Corvina

Gabriella Corvina is a Martial Artist and Actress known for her Martial Arts and Action Films. She has over 17 years of martial arts experience, including Boxing, Kick-Boxing, American Kenpo Karate, Filipino Arnis, and Brazilian Jui Jitsu. She came to the attention of Taekwondo Life Magazine when she showcased her fighting skills in an Oikos Yogurt Commercial, of all places. She has appeared with prior guest, Thekla Hutyrova, in a number of videos, including some high end action and stunt...


Talking International Taekwondo Day

Friday September 4, 2020 marked International Taekwondo Day. Taekwondo Life Magazine compiled some messages from our Taekwondo Family. From Grandmaster YH Park in NY to Master Monsour del Rosario of the Philippines, as well as from Taekwondowon and World Taekwondo in Korea (where it is already World Taekwondo Day). Master Erica Linthorst shares a special message from TKD Go For the Gold. Please enjoy, be safe, and think about how Taekwondo has made your life better as World Taekwondo Day...


The Legendary Keith Vitali

Guest, Grandmaster Keith Vitali, talks with Taekwondo Life Magazine about his martial arts life and career. Keith Vitali is the legendary, Taekwondo trained, full contact fight champion, movie star, producer, teacher, and author. He was named one of the 10 best All-time, full contact, and point fighter in the world by Black Belt Magazine. His legendary film with Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung, Wheels on Meals, is often hailed as containing some of the best martial arts, action fight scenes in...


Master David Zabransky-Retired NYPD Sergeant

Master David Zabransky is a Taekwondo Master, Retired NYC Police Sergeant, and family man, including being the father of four Taekwondo students. He began his training in college, under the tutelage of Grandmaster Y.H. Park, as part of his preparation for a life in law enforcement. After 30 years he made his way up the ranks of the police department and the Taekwondo hierarchy. He talks with Taekwondo Life Magazine's, Marc Zirogiannis, about his life and career. He shares his thoughts on the...


Chuck Norris' Kickstart Kids with Master John Kurek

Kickstart Kids is a martial arts character development program non-profit organization, formed by Chuck Norris on August 16, 1990 as the Kick Drugs Out of America Foundation. In 1992, with the help of former President George H.W. Bush, the program was officially implemented in four schools in the Houston area: Burbank, Central, Hamilton, and Hogg. Today, the program operates in over 60 schools throughout Texas. The program is taught in mostly middle/junior high schools and some high schools....


Guest Host Master Edward Park Interviews Marc Zirogiannis

Sabumnim Edward Park, Certified Sixth Degree Black Belt, and Head Master Instructor at the YH Park Taekwondo Academy of Levittown, NY is the guest host on this week's episode. He is a second generation Taekwondo master. In addition to being a superior martial artist, instructor, and philanthropist, Master Edward developed a series of creative, virtual ways to keep his Taekwondo students engaged during the COVID-19 Pandemic. One of his programs included a Facebook Live interview series with...


Valerie Loureda Pre-Fight Press Conference- Bellator #243 (Bonus)

On August 7, 2020, Taekwondo Master Valerie Loureda secured a TKO over Tara Graff in Bellator MMA #243 at the Mohegan Sun. Master Loureda, in the closing seconds of the second round, finished the fight with two devastating punches and a top mount. We bring you her post fight remarks as part of our continuing coverage of her fight and career. Look for the full audio version of the preliminary Press conference, the fight, and post fight coverage on our Podcast. Check out the full fight...


Valerie Loureda Recap- Bellator MMA #243

Taekwondo Master Valerie Loureda decisively defeated Tara Graff in Bellator MMA #243 on August 6, 2020. In the closing seconds of Round 2, it was not Taekwondo kicks, but a flurry of hook punches that finished Graff. Bellator #243 took place at the Mohegan Sun Casino and Resort, with no spectators. The preliminary fights were simulcast on YouTube. Loureda is now 3-0 with Bellator and Taekwondo Life Magazine awaits her next bout. Taekwondo Life Magazine's, Marc Zirogiannis, called the fight...


Talking The Power of Nunchi

Talking The Power of Nunchi is the topic of this week's episode. What is Nunchi? Korean born and raised people know Nunchi as the art of instantly understanding what people are thinking and feeling, in order to improve your relationships in life. It emphasizes using all your five senses and the all-important sixth sense, as well as speed, and listening twice as much as you speak. In 2019 Euny Hong introduced the world to The Power of Nunchi with her New York Times' best selling book, The...


Lauren Mary Kim

Lauren Mary Kim is a martial artist, dancer, stunt person, and motion capture artist. After earning her Taekwondo Black Belt she went on to study Wushu, Kali, weapons and more as she emerged as an esteemed Hollywood martial arts stunt and action star. She talks with Taekwondo Life Magazine's Marc Zirogiannis about her work with Jackie Chan, Michael Jai White, Iko Uwais and the top martial artists in the entertainment today. Lauren Mary Kim is one of the hardest working and most visible...


Talking COVID-19 with Dr. Paul Ledesma

Dr. Paul Ledesma joins Taekwondo Life Magazine for a discussion of the Extreme Mist Portable Sanitizing Solution for Your Dojang. This sanitization delivery mechanism, derived from Ron Laikind's The Extreme Mist Portable Cooling System, may be the convenient, efficient, and effective solution to addressing sterilization and sanitation in the COVID-19 era. This device is being used in Dojangs, Gyms, and Fitness facilities around the country as a way to insure athletes, parents, and club...


Juju Chan is "The Female Bruce Lee"

JuJu Chan is "The Female Bruce Lee", or at least that is what she has come to be called by her international fan base. Juliana 'JuJu' Chan is a Hong Kong-born American actress, martial artist, model, singer, scholar, and writer. She was also a winner in the Miss Chinatown USA 2009 pageant. Juju was a member of the Hong Kong National Taekwondo Team and an international medalist and Taekwondo Demonstration Team member. Parallel to her martial arts and action star pedigree she has developed her...


Martial Arts Growth with Mike Gowans

Martial Arts Growth with Mike Gowans is the topic of this week's episode. Mike Gowans is the founder and CEO of a company designed to assist Taekwondo Dojang owners, and martial arts business people, in developing and maximizing their sales and student recruitment strategy. According to Mike "MartialArtsGrowth.com helps martial arts entrepreneurs understand business as a network of simple systems. We focus on finding and solving problems with quality products and services focused around the...