Hopefully the spelling cops will stay away from this thread.
Currently I take karate, but I took TKD for 3 1/2 years and am an advanced green belt. Our instructor was also big on memorization. I think this is just a coincidence and the emphasis on memorization varies from school to school.
I switched to the school where I am now for a variety of reasons, none of them personal. I loved my teacher, classmates and the art of TKD.
I loved the historical chapter at the beginning of my TKD book, and I should google more of this stuff, b/c it was fascinating.
Good post BTW.
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