Still here

Aug. 1st, 2014 05:30 pm
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Yeah, I've been quiet, but I've been busy.

I've redesigned the school's website; it's now modern and updated, but nothing so fancy that I need to obsess over it. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and I'm pleased with that. This, of course, makes me Head Web-Monkey for the school, which evolved to also include Head Social Media Monkey, giving me access to our FB, G+, YouTube, Vimeo, and Twitter feeds. So, yeah, I'm working to keep our signal broadcasting and our audience engaged.

Training for the upcoming first TSD black belt test looms in just 2 months. I've got the technique, I've got the drive, I've got the knowledge and history, but I need to hit the cardio just a bit harder than I have. It's not bad; it just needs to be better to ensure my success. (Of course, then I need to maintain it for the next one in Sept.) So close to having two black belts! So close!

I bought some neat armor for my sparring matches: two lovely padded leather grappling gloves, a nice set of headgear, and a lightweight armor shirt. The shirt isn't as padded as I'd hoped it would be, but it's fine for our Super Happy Fun Light Sparring sessions. I kept my heavier chest piece for fights during test or Full Contact matches. Pics of them soon(-ish).

Oh! I've also been given permission to teach the kwan dao form to the kung fu students. This is positively exciting; I don't recall our instructor giving any other student permission to teach a new weapon before, so I'm both honored and nervous. No, it's not part of our traditional syllabus, so they won't be officially tested on it, but I'm not going to complain.

I was toying with the idea of doing some tournament competition, but I'm not quite there yet. It's tougher to prepare for those when you're 40 than when you're in your 20's, and I'm definitely noticing my body changing from age. I'm now aiming for the September event.

Aside from all the work stuffs here, I've been puttering about the house and spending lots of lovely downtime with Beemer. We're nearly finished beating the new EDF (Earth Defense Force 2025) on both Normal and Hard difficulties, and we're huge fans of the new classes and weapons. Now if I could just get him to stop hitting me with his missiles...

Anyway, we're off to see [ profile] bryree and his wife a bit later tonight, so I'm signing off here.

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I prepped for today's classes at Saeng Myong Martial Arts wtih a 1.5 mile jog to get the cardio going, then met up for classes.

LT - Most of the Tigers are on vacation, but one die-hard girl insisted on coming to class. She worked on getting her punches and blocks down while stepping into front stance, learned how to do push-ups and sit-ups, and tried to push herself when she was tired. Exemplary performance, young Tiger! Way to go!

TSD - Sun Bae Nim Cheryl led the class today, giving us some forms practice and a drill on rapid triple roundhouse kicks. Quite useful, those. Following that, we had a quick rundown of board breaking rules and practiced on the rebreakable boards.

Weapons - I had the students slow down the weapons forms a bit to give me time to place a kicking shield at each strike, letting them have tactile feedback on attack power and feel some impact resistance. This got them to re-examine their forms and do some introspection.

KF - After warm-ups and form work, I had the students practice some sword combat elements: blocking, parrying, counter attack kicks, and more. They felt the drill helped them be less rigid during a sword/knife fight, and I'm glad they were so responsive to it.
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Dear neighborhood children,

When you see a scowly man practicing with sword, staff, etc., in a tennis court, there are a few things you should NOT do.

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During class, practicing some drills. Block incoming attack, other hand snakes over to the opponent's face. Claw/puncture the eyes, jab the throat, etc.; any of the above. I block, swiftly reach up to the eye, form the Eagle's Beak finger position and...

"Bock Bock!", I say, each sound matching a pecking motion with my hand.

"'Bock Bock'?", the instructor says. "This isn't a chicken's peck! You dig through the eye! You didn't even make a proper Eagle's Beak; that one was too shallow."

"Dire Budgie?", I offer unhelpfully.

Yeah, he was unimpressed.
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I've been a bit neglectful of my LT updates. Let me fix that.

Little Tigers- Blocking was the focus of the day, as they learned to use their high and low blocks to keep themselves from being hit by the dreaded foam noodle! Protect yourselves, Tigers!

TSD- Test is just around the corner, so we took some time to practice our forms, go over terminology, and then end the day with a review on breaking techniques.

KF weapons- One of our blue sash students is testing for his next level of blue, so I spent some time critiquing his staff form and giving him tips.

KF- After forms practice, I set up several targets for the students to use the offensive elements of their weapons forms against in a practical drill setting, focusing on slicing angles, stabbing accuracy, pommel strikes, and more.

Have a great weekend everyone!


Dec. 3rd, 2013 10:56 pm
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Chilled to the bone during weapons practice, hit repeatedly on each side of the neck, jabbed in the eye, bled from an open wound, punched in the ribs, and took many knee strikes to the gut.

All in all? A good training day. Now for some painkillers, rest, and get ready to do it again tomorrow. ‪
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3.1 miles jogged so far today, will probably sneak in another mile before forms practice this afternoon. That should get me primed for this evening's classes, yes?
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As for today-

LT - Senior instructor Cheryl covered for me today, so I got to sleep in a tiny bit. Thank you, ma'am! (I did get to see the tigers when I arrived to do paperwork.)

TSD- Again, thanks to Cheryl for pointers on my forms, as well as pummeling us during some blocking drills!

Weapons - helped a student practice his parrying using the staff, also got to work on a new staff form I'm creating.

KF- Okay, I was kinda mean here. I not only had the class complete a full Deck Of Pain, but I also made them do their forms. They'll be fine, though.

After all of that, I was sitting in on the Kid's Stranger Awareness Seminar to take notes. This is a really solid program, offering vital info for both children AND parents.
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It's been a while since I've had a strictly sparring class, but tonight's TSD class was just that.

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LT- Little Tigers were learning important life lessons today, such as remembering to pull your toes back when kicking things.

TSD- kicking drills, no-hands combat, and multiple person sparring!

Weapons- iron staff and heavy sword training day. Whew!

KF- Intense abs workout with medicine ball, tons of forms work for everyone! Also, I taught an intermediate form to a student today, something I had yet to officially do!
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LT - The Little Tigers ran through (an appropriately sized) obstacle course to practice jumps, dodging, and kicking. They were so excited that they promised to give "1,000,000 percent"!

TSD- Blindfolded forms practice!! Awwwww yeah!

KF Weapons- I taught one of our new Green Sash students some basic staff work to prep him for his upcoming staff form. I LOVE weapons class!

KF- helping our returning students regain some lost knowledge, teaching new forms to both white and green sash students, and giving them all practice drills which make them exhausted. Ahhhh, what a good class!

Now to get ready for the school's annual picnic!
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Saturday was a big day. Lengthy post behind the cut.

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LT - I got to teach some new Little Tigers how to ki ahp today! Such cute little roars!!

TSD- Ooh, I get to be a student for today's class! Thanks for leading class, Ma'am!

Weapons were readied, forms were practiced, and spin jump sword slashes were unleashed! Rar!!

KF - I cut the students some slack. After a bit of stance work, they simply had to complete 10 reps of 22 hand attacks and 22 kicks in 20 minutes. Easy peasy, right?
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My new Sunday class at Saeng Myong was a success! After a few trail and error drills involving both TSD and KF students, the class enjoyed form work, sparring, and just a bit of foam weapon combat. Thanks to everyone who participated!
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Has it been a week since I posted? Bah! I should update more. Anyway, I was asked to cover the early morning classes again, leaving me with a busy morning.

Our Little Tigers students were very sleepy this morning. The cubs found balancing on one foot sooooo hard!

TSD class - Run, my Tang Soo Do students, RUN!! BWAHAHAHA~!!

Weapons- sword and staff were handled with all due diligence.

Kung Fu- Introducing students to The Deck of Pain is always a hoot, even more so when followed up with a half an hour of forms.

deck of pain

New weapon

May. 23rd, 2013 10:17 pm
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I've been given permission to start training with this behemoth.
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Signal boost for some of the new events at Saeng Myong!

*Wanting to take martial arts classes but concerned about sparring or traditional belt progression? Try the new Fitness Track! Offering similar curriculum to the Black Belt track, the Fitness Track gives you the defensive training and great workouts along side the Black Belt track students.

*Tuesday night 5:30 Tae Kwon Do class will become Family Night starting June 1. Enrolled parents (either Black Belt or Fitness track) can participate in class with their children!

*Monday and Wednesday mornings now offer a Yoga class! See our website for time and class information.

If you have any questions or comments, you can find contact info on the webpage below.
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Well, this appears to be a current theme, doesn't it?

Our newest white belt in KF class is progressing well enough with forms and technique that we moved on to covering breakfalls.

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