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I'm learning new forms.

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Mo Fo-tos

Sep. 17th, 2014 11:06 pm
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New armor behind the cut.

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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 [livejournal.com profile] bryree and his wife a bit later tonight, so I'm signing off here.

XOXO,
Monkey
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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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2 mile run/jog warm up, 1 hour on the weight machines, 2 mile jog cool down. It's a reasonable way to start the day, but with my next black belt test only 4 months away, I'll need to up my game.
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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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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!
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Two 2 mi. jogs with an additional 1.5 hrs at the gym. This would explain my overwhelming desire to nap.

Indomitable

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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It's been a hell of a day for us.

First, let me start off by saying that I've passed by brown belt test for Tang Soo Do. It was a rough test from my perspective; not that it was intentionally more difficult than usual, but rather I felt that my performance was notably sub-par. My fighting distinctly lacked my usual strong defense/counter-attack ability, leaving me open for more hits than normal. Forms were, in my opinion, lacking sharpness and detail. My knowledge and breaking techniques were pretty good, so I can take some solace in that. Despite my own criticisms, I was informed by everyone else (including the parents of the kids I teach) that the forms looked great and my fighting was solid. Maybe I'm being to critical of myself, maybe I'm just trying to hold myself up to a higher standard since I'm going for my second black belt. Anyway, it was a success, and I'll be posting links for pics and video from Flickr soon.

After the test, and just as I was about to unwind and go into a healing coma, I got a call informing me that a long-time acquaintance passed away today. She was battling a strep infection that spread to the rest of her organs, and the body simply shut down. Her husband and two children remain, and though I wasn't particularly close them, or her, I'm ready should they need me. It's humbling and depressing, but the reminder of our own mortality makes me appreciate what I have and what I've accomplished. I'll pour a libation for her tomorrow.

Right now, though, I'm absurdly tired, quite sore, and kinda down. Perhaps tomorrow after some work at the school I'll head out for the evening. I could stand to get out for while.
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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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Can't win them all, you know.

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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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So busy!

Oct. 7th, 2013 10:13 pm
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Since our return from Switzerland, I've been crazy busy with martial arts stuff. Let me summarize-

*I passed my test for high level red belt in TSD. This leaves me with just under a year to pass two more tests before another black belt test emerges.

*The Little Tigers program has been a blast. Saturday morning class has been progressing well, and I've been invited to take over an early Friday afternoon class on an ongoing basis.

*Our school had a booth open at Broomfield Days, a local annual event where nearby businesses try to gain some visibility during the fair-like events. We had our demo team show their stuff and they drew in quite a crowd. Here's to hoping we gain a few new students for our efforts.

*Sunday class has been reasonably successful, though so far only our teenage brown belts have really utilized it regularly. I'm not complaining, mind you, as they've been practicing quite hard during the unstructured time, but I do hope some of the other students take advantage of the class.

Of course, while I'm on the topic of a Sunday Class, let me share with this little tale with you...

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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!

Legacies

Aug. 2nd, 2013 12:56 pm
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