What is Old School Perspectives?
Old School Perspectives on Taekwondo-Do was created by me Ciaran McDonald because I love TKD.
It is my mission to bring to the Taekwondo-do world the lost practices and the hidden applications of the Tae Kwon Do patterns.
I believe that by rediscovering the 'Old School' methods we can make Taekwondo relevant for the self defence needs of the 21st century.
Who am I and why should you care?
My Name is Ciaran McDonald M.A., M.Ed. I am an academic, celebrated author and martial arts nut.
I started Martial arts in the 1980's when I studied karate. But my true love is TKD and I have been involved with it for the last 20 years. As a young man I competed regularly and spent huge amounts of time perfecting my side kick. I loved the sparring and the patterns but I always felt there was something missing.
As a child and a young man I had numereous violent encounters and though I never felt comfortable with violence I grew to recognise and prepare for the chaotic and frenetic nature of it.
However, it always perplexed me why my TKD training, which consisted predominantly of the heavily ritualised 3 step sparring or the rule bound arena of free sparring, never looked anything like my encounters of ‘real world’ violence.
I felt unprepared and VERY vulnerable...
The more I trained the more worried I was that I would not be able to defend myself if I was attacked. I suspected that the patterns had some great self defence but no one I met could confirm it. So I went on a journey a discovery to confirm what I always suspected.
The patterns were the answer I was looking for
My journey took me round the world and I trained in many grappling systems and striking arts. Many of these arts seemed to have some of the answers but none had all of what I was looking for until I met Patrick McCarthy 9th Dan in Koryo Uchinadi. Through him I learnt an old form of application based karate which dealt with all manner of violent encounters in a systematised and hands on way. I learnt:
Pressure point striking
And kata applications
All the bits that were missing from TKD. I suddenly felt I was not vulnerable and had no gaps in my defences. Not only that but the Old School Karate was so similar to the TKD patterns that I began to learn
The 'REAL' and secret self-defence applications from the TKD patterns
I began to see that hidden within plane sight, within the patterns of TKD, were all the self defence techniques I would ever need to defend myself.
Though I was already a 3rd degree and Instructor in Taekwon-do I decided to gain my blackbelt and teaching qualification from Hanshi Patrick McCarthy 9th Dan and in 2012 I opened my own school teaching Koryu Uchinadi (KU). I was now an instructor in both TKD and Old School Karate.
But TKD was my first love and I wanted to share my findings with the world of `TKD'
Thats why I founded 'Old School Perspectives on Taekwon-do'
Inspired by this need I wrote and published a critically acclaimed book: "Old School Perspectives on Taekwon-do" designed to help the TKD world find the most effective self-defence in the TKD patterns and make it ready for self-defence in the ‘real world’.
This book got 10 out of 10 from six Grand Masters and countless masters.
I used this knowledge to design online courses to bring the secrets to the Taekwondo-do world and help people find the ‘real’ self-defence in the beautiful patterns of TKD.
How to use this site
Feel free to look around and see what interests you but if I were you I would do one of three things:
1) Download a copy of my FREE eBook on essential self defence applications for the pressing block.
2) Get a FREE preview of one of my online applications courses
3) Check out my blog for FREE techniques, drills and articles on TKD applications and self defence techniques