Thursday, October 30, 2008

Starting over

Tonight in class, we worked on a few things. We had our basic warm up, run by Father A (I just learned about his vocation this evening. Very delightful person, wicked tough opponent!). Master G drilled us on straight punches (and I NEED to use my Korean for this!!), high blocks, then outside inside and inside/outside blocks. We worked on back kicks for our main drill with the focus pads.
Now, back kicks are not one of my strongest kicks. Master G explained to us that we could think of the kick as either a single kick, as in a straight leg back kick (think 'donkey kick'), or in 3 parts...turn, raise your leg and kick straight back and recoil, then turn again.

When you think of the kick that way, it's incredible to see where you need work. I was fortunate enough to team up with Ms. M tonight. I tell you, I want to be her when I grow up! She's got some incredible power in her kicks! She also lands her kicks very well. My kicks? Well, let's just say, I found another thing I have to work on!

We did six on either leg...three part kicks. Turn, kick, turn. If you think about the focus pad in terms of a clock, you really want to try to hit the pad between 5 and 7. Ideally you'd like to hit at 6. Any higher on the clock and you'll hit more with the side of your foot. Another thing you need to work on is turning your head and looking at your target. You will not hit your target if you do not look at it. If you blindly kick, your opponent will be able to move out of your way and you will not hit them.

After he ran us through the first drill, he changed it up again. The second drill was a double kick. You kick, then recoiled and kicked again. The purpose of the drill was to first and foremost, work on your balance. The second thing was to help us re-train ourselves out of the bad habits we have picked up in our years of training. The new guys in class are luckier than most. They're not picking up the bad habits some of us already have.

We also worked on Ho Sin Sul tonight. Ms. M and I worked on 1, 2 and 3. 1 is a same side grab. The defender needs to flare the hand, twist, step back with the opposite foot (i.e.-if you're grabbed by the left hand, you flare your hand and twist your wrist, step back with your right foot and sink down into it, then you do a front leg side kick. As a black belt, I need to tap my opponent if I'm training.
If I'm out in the real world, trying to defend myself, I would kick pretty darned hard and try to disable my opponent. The key here is not to 'flap'...but to keep your elbows close to your body.

The second Ho Sin Sul was a double wrist grab. As you're being grabbed, you flare your hands out again, bring your hands up and on the outside of the attacker's hands, then you forcibly push your opponent's hands out. As you do that, you perform a front snap kick to the midsection. The key to this is also to keep your elbows close to your body.

The third one is a cross-hand grab. Step out (outside the attacker's body), turn your hand and look at your palm--this forces the attacker's wrist to be turned at a 90 degree angle. At this angle, you can do a palm-heel strike to the attacker's wrist, and then do a back arm elbow in to the ribs.

Sparring was the last thing on the agenda. We kept the same partners as for the kicking drills and Ho Sin Sul. When sparring, think double strikes. If you kick, immediately throw another kick or a punch. This is a distraction technique. It's a lot easier to think this way than to think "I need to, um, throw a kick. Now what do I do?"

I'm off...

I'm leaving for class shortly, so I'll get a chance to get a good hard workout. They'll be doing final preparations for a belt test on Saturday, so I'm sure we're going to work very hard on helping one of our instructors get ready for her test. I don't know that I'll make that test as I've got a school function, but...I will be there tonight to cheer her on.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Wednesday wrap up

I had to give my instructor a list of my availability for classes up to the end of the year. I did that yesterday and got a response back today. I really do feel like I belong to this group. They ALL email you to keep in touch with you!

I've not been walking, but I'm attempting to eat better. I think I'll get myself back on track with my eating first. One step at a time. That'll be my first step.
I'm going to class tomorrow night. I am looking forward to it. I'm sure I'll be very tired and sore by the time I get home, but it'll be worth it. I hope I remember the commands for calling in the class. I have a feeling I need to practice it again before class. I will be reviewing tomorrow to see what I can do before class. I know the basic salutations. I just have to work on it.

At camp on Saturday night, I was able to show one of my former classmates the opening to Bassai and was able to explain to him what it meant. I feel like that was a good refresher for me.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Long weekend!

I spent most of Saturday on my feet. I was at camp with my son at a Cub Scout camp-out. We started out on Saturday, at 9:00 am. Our evening ended at 10:00 pm when we finally fell into bed. It was a lot of walking from activity to activity. Time to sit down were few and far between. I don't know how far we walked...I didn't have a pedometer on. I DO know I walked enough to rub blisters on both of my big toes. I told my son that I needed to take the time to get a good pair of shoes that fits right. I will do that too. I think I learned a hard lesson.
I haven't done a lot today since we got home. I made it upstairs and crashed. I've been resting since.

Since I did so much walking yesterday, I won't be doing any walking tomorrow. If I get a new pair of shoes tomorrow, which is under consideration, I will walk on Tuesday. Of course, I have to make sure that I have good padding in the form of new shoes and thick socks!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Any help for shin splints?

I need a "cure" for shin splints. I'm sure a big part of the reason I have shin splints is that my shoes are in bad shape. I need to get a new pair of shoes because the ones I have are 2 years old. When I was training for the walk I did a few years ago with S and DB, they told me that it was best to get a new pair of shoes every year or so. I am going to look for a new pair of shoes soon...very, very soon.

I'm going to be out of touch for a couple of days with my son. We're going camping and we're leaving tomorrow. We're going to be back Sunday afternoon. It'll be wonderful to get out and away from everything!! I'm looking forward to that!!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Started walking

I have been stressed out at work so much that I am daily experiencing headaches. I finally went down to HR and talked to her about it. She told me to get myself out of the office at my breaks and lunch time, so I actually listened. Yesterday, I made sure I didn't stay at my desk during breaks and left the building with a friend for lunch.
Today, I had an early lunch, so I went out for a walk. I used to walk with DB before he got his new job (this was last year...haven't walked for about a year now!). We would walk about 1.9 miles, I want to say. That was round trip. We did that for a few months, then got adventurous and changed our route up a bit. I think our total distance was about 3 miles. I could be mistaken. (It's been so long ago, I have fuzzy memories.)
Today I went out and walked our original route. It took me 35 minutes to walk 1.9 miles from start to finish. I feel pretty great about that! I was able to get out, get back in, change clothes AND nuke my lunch by the end of my hour! I feel good about that! I am not walking tomorrow unless I do it after I get home, but I plan on walking on Thursday again. If I play my cards right, I should be able to repeat the 35 minute walk on Thursday. If I walk every other day, I should start building up my endurance and cut my time down. Master G said that I should strive for a lower number on the mile, so it stands to reason that I could walk a mile in 15 minutes or less. If I was REALLY smart, I'd actually start RUNNING, but...there's a lot of sidewalk to run on. Need to make sure the ol' legs are in better shape first so I don't mangle my knees with a run.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Learning about Bunkai

Part of my assignment in class has been to learn the Bunkai of the forms I'm learning. Master G wants me to thoroughlyl understand the WHY behind why I do a form the way I do. I'm going to be studying a lot. One of the things I found when searching through some of the blogs I like to read is this post by Matthew at Ikigaiway. Since I've started reading his blog, I'm learning a lot. He also has another, more recent blog that I read which I want to take to heart too.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Sloppy kicks are not acceptable

Class last night was different. It was a major eye opener to me.

We did warm ups that consisted of hand and foot techniques. We did reverse punches for hands. 30 total...10 for technique, 10 for speed, 10 for power. 30 on each side for a total of 60. I felt it last night in my shoulders because I've been sloppy in my training and have not trained well in my opinion. I was not keeping my elbow tucked down by my side for the punches and kept rolling my shoulder up. Master G had to correct me a number of times. He was watching all of us and making comments about improving our techniques.

We also did kicks for warm up. Again, here's me noticing how sloppy I am in my technique. I feel like I'm just learning all over again. It feels very much like I'm starting over. I read on a blog (Ikigaiway) that black belt is when you start to learn. This is really true for me. It hurt me to not spend a lot of time practicing except for black belt prep classes. Realistically, I think in the three months between leaving USMA and joining BTK as a full time student, I kicked my own butt. I didn't practice in between. It is showing too.
During the kicking drill, Master G reminded me that I needed to turn my hip over when I do side kicks. Amazingly enough, I found that I had more power when I did the kicks correctly. I could hit the target more than I was when I didn't turn my hips over. I know I've heard "turn your hips over" many times. I just didn't put it into practical application. I have to now or else I will NOT move ahead. If I plan on earning my Ee Dan in April (not that I'm seeing it very likely, realistically), I have to kick better, punch better and perform forms MUCH better. I need to learn Bunkai so that I can explain the WHYS of my forms.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

A reminder...

Tuesday night I got a wake up call and a reminder that I am not exempt from learning. Master M asked me if I knew the commands to open class. Do I know them?

I know Jun Be, Cha Ryut (these are the ready stance and "attention" stances). I know Ku Gi Ba Rae (saluting the flags) and Ba Ro (return to attention stance). I did NOT know Ku Gi Tora (turn to the flags), nor Kwan Jang Nim Tora (face Grandmaster's picture). Kwan Jang Nim Kyung Yet is bow to Grandmaster. Tora is turn. You say "Kyung Yet" to instruct everyone to bow to the instructors. Ahn Jo is sit (I knew that one!!). Muk Nyum is a moment of silence at the beginning of class. I had heard that terminology before but didn't know it was used in classes.

I am going to have to work extensively with a couple of my co-students and see if they can beat the Korean into me. I need to make sure I have the commands for starting class in case (please no!!) I'm the most senior student in class!! EEP!!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Push ups

I have decided that when I'm doing push ups in class, I am NOT going to worry about my speed, but rather about my form. We were instructed to do 25 push ups last night and I managed 20 of them, but they were hopefully 20 GOOD push ups.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Ee Dan

The plan for EeDan is to get myself into shape and ready to tackle a test by April. This can be done. It just means that I have to start working on my physical fitness NOW, not tomorrow. I have to eat clean, work out and make sure I don't miss too many classes. I have 20 one-steps to learn, plus Ho Sin Sul. I have to work on my crunches and my push ups as well. I have to do at least 40 push ups. I have to make sure that when I do the push ups, I have my arms bent at 90 degrees.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Informative class

I learned a LOT last night at class. Yes, I actually went to class!!!
We did a warm up and I'm happy to report that the brace I had Tony buy for me worked to keep my ankle stable enough to do jumping jacks. I don't know how many we actually did, but we each counted two..."Hana, dul..." I actually think that counting in Korean is a better idea than counting in English. I don't know about other people, but I know that for me, counting in Korean makes me NOT think about the actual jumping jack, but instead, concentrate on getting a workout. It works too.

We did a number of stretches and then Master G got people separated out to work on forms. He took some of us into his group and worked with us on Nahainchi Cho Dan and Bassai. He had us run through the forms on our own counts, and also on his counts. One of the things he reminded all of us about was that we need to use our hips. Then he separated us to work on Nahainchi Cho Dan while he worked with another studen on her form. We worked on our material for about 30 minutes, then we broke off to the other room.

When we got into the other room, he gave me a Ho Sin Sul book and another copy of the One Steps book. (the house has mysteriously 'eaten' my other one.)
He told me to familiarize myself with it, so that's what I shall do.
Then he worked with me on Nahainchi Cho Dan. He explained *much* that I don't recall learning. He taught me the bunkai (spelling?) of the hform and explained quite a bit. Each form has a practical application. It's not all about looking pretty, but it's about defense. Each movement has a specific defensive meaning. For example, much of Nahainchi Cho Dan was constructed as if you were on a horse or up against a wall, depending on how you look at it.
I found the class very informative last night. I can now explain why I do specific things during class, such as a ridge hand, etc. It's a defensive move.

Another thing he explained to me was how many opponents you could face during Keecho Hyung Il Bu...both the maximum and minimum number of opponents. The maximum number is 8 (He and I did the form and he explained it to me as we did it--he counted). The minimum is 1.

That class was highly informative. I'm glad I went. I feel like this will help me.
I talked to Master G a lot last night. I feel confident that I'll actually be able to get my butt off the ground and get that Ee Dan. I have a lot of work to do to get myself into shape, but...if I get myself into some sort of shape that is good, I will get myself ready for the next testing cycle (next Spring).


I now have an assignment. I need to learn the Bunkai (sp?) for all of the forms I know. It's a challenge that I believe I will be up to. Master G explained some of the bunkai for Bassai and for Nahainchi Cho Dan last night. He also explained that Bassai was a windy, twisty sort of form because it emulates a snake. I think that's what he said. I'm going to have to work on that.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Tonight's class

Went to class tonight. I'll post some tomorrow when I get to work. I am tired and as I JUST got home, I need to go offline. I'll post more tomorrow when I get a chance to think. It was an awesome class!!

Plans for tonight

Plans for today:

1. Go to karate. This will be fun. If I DON'T go, S is going to kick my butt and sick her pups on me. I hear they're ferocious. She sent me a good description of all of them yesterday. I will not be running the risk of being licked to death or head butted by small fuzzies. They could decide to trip me too. LOL! (they'd be in league with my fat cat too.)

2. Work out. Same goes for above. While I'm there, I think I'll pin S or Master G down on what they'd recommend for a barely fit person to start with. I *have* to work on my weight. I gained 4 pounds in ONE DAY!!! 4 pounds!!!!

(12:59--post mortem from a company lunch. Service missed the meeting. We couldn't shut off our phones!!)

Lunch today was fried chicken. Mmmm...greasy fried chicken!! I would have been better off to stick with my plan of eating salad today. Oh well. At least I have plenty of protein, cholesterol, trans-fats and whatever else the chicken provided to run through my system for the next several hours. Nevermind that I'll be comatose by 7:00 this evening!! Oh well. I'm thinking about figuring a way to fire my metabolism up to make it work in my favor.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Form review

It's official. If I don't get my butt into class tomorrow, I shall be hunted down with small, yappy dogs and tortured.
I'm going to work on material that I need to practice tonight. I need to practice some kicks (Hook kick comes to mind). I need to practice Bassai and Nahainchi Cho Dan. I THINK I know NCD, but am not 100% on the fine tuning. I have to keep practicing. I will do the basic forms tonight and make sure I know them. I know Keecho Hyung Il Bu, Ee Bu and Sam Bu. I also know Pyung Ahn Cho Dan, Ee Dan, Sam Dan (well, yeah, I BETTER!), Sa Dan and Oh Dan (again, I BETTER!). I feel confident that I can do Sam Dan. LOL!! I think Sa Dan I'd need to practice a little more...wait..."splat!" to the left, "splat!" to the right...ummm, gotta think on that one. It's the interesting form where you're doing a "grab the collar, twist, kick, punch, punch" type of move...

Saturday, October 04, 2008

No workout today

I know I said I was going to go to karate, right Achilles tendon is not feeling 100%, so I took the lazy way out and stayed home. I'm sure I won't be chastized for it. I have to take care of this or I'm not going anywhere and I need that foot!! LOL! Imagine that! It is a wake up call to lose weight though. I have found that in the past 9 months, I've gained back 12 pounds. Not quite what I wanted to look at this year. I think a lot of it has to do with my decreased activity level. I haven't been nearly as active as I was this time last year. Last year at this time, I was coming off a heavy workout schedule...I'd been in training since mid-June for my black belt test. The last time I worked out really hard was January-March. I did my second black belt test on the first Friday in March. After that, things rapidly changed and I didn't do much to push the fitness/exercise issue.. I went with the flow.

We were told that we were going to be required to run a mile, to do a serious fitness test in order to pass our next black belt test, but no training was done for the actual running or the fitness. That was left to us. I'm not sure about other people, but I'm lazy. LAZY. I don't do more than I have to do. That's why I'm seeing my weight creep back up. That's why I've got to get on the ball and start pushing myself. I need to see success. I love the feeling of empowerment I get when I see success.

I won't be running anytime ankle feels, well, MUSHY is a good way to describe it. The other ankle doesn't feel the same. If it keeps hurting, I'll go find my doctor and see what he thinks. For tonight, I'll take an anti-inflammatory and do some stretching. It'll help. If it's not feeling too squishy or sore tomorrow, I'm going for a walk.

Friday, October 03, 2008

Work out plan, amended

BTK is open tomorrow at Russell Creek and I am GOING!!! I am excited about it, really! I can work on my forms and review what I need to do to get ahead. I also need to pin someone down and start working on my one-steps! I have at least 30 one steps to learn! PLUS, I have to practice my old one-steps and the very first ones I learned. It's going to be wonderful to get back into doing them. I don't know if I'll actually have to do take downs, but we'll see.

Workout plan

The plan for the weekend is to get back into practicing all forms and techniques.
To do this, I need to get the hubby to hold a pad for me (I have one at home, yay!) so that I can practice kicking drills. I'm going to work on power first, then speed.
I figure kicking 10 times on each leg to start, then switching and punching ought to help me a bit.

So...this is how the plan goes:

10 Ap Cha Gi, both right and left
10 Dwi Cha Gi, both right and left, especially as that's a weak kick for me.
10 hook kicks (forgot my Korean), left and right. That's 60 kicks...should take me about 20 minutes tops for that.

I need to review basic forms and will bring the kids out to practice and review with me. I can even teach Tony if he's interested. He probably isn't. It'll be a good excuse for all of us to get outside.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Korean Terminology

General Terminology
Tang Soo Do Name of the art we study
Moo Duk Kwan Name of the organization
Soo Bahk Do Ancient name of the Korean martial art
Kwang Jang(Nim) Grandmaster
Sa Bom(Nim) Instructor
Nim Term of respect similar to "Sir" or "Honorable"
Sun Beh Senior member
Hu Beh Junior member
Dan Degree, holder of midnight blue color
Gup Grade, holder of color belt
Ko Dan Ja Senior dan holder
Yu Dan Ja Dan holder
Yu Gup Ja Gup holder
Kwan Won Student member
Cho Bo Ja Beginner
Do Jang Training hall/studio
Do Bahk Uniform
Dee Belt
Kuk Gi National flag of Korea
Kwan Gi Tang Soo Do flag
Gi Cho Basic
Hyung Form
Deh Ryun Sparring
Ho Sin Sul Self-defense
Kyuck Pa Breaking
Soo Gi Hand Techniques
Jok Gi Foot Techniques
Neh Gung Internal power or control in exercise
Weh Gung External power or control in exercise
Shim Gung Spiritual power or control in exercise
Mahk Kee Block
Kong Kyuck Attack
Ha Dan Low part
Choong Dan Middle part
Sang Dan High part
Ahp Front
Yup Side
Dwi Back
Cha Gi Kick
Ki Hap Yell(focus mind/energy)
Shi Sun Focus of eyes
Choong Shim Balance
Chung Kwon Forefist
Cap Kwon Backfist
Soo Do Knifehand
Yuk Soo Do Ridgehand
Kwan Soo Spearhand
Jung Kwon Heal of palm
Kwon Do Bottom of fist
O Rin Jok Right
Wen Jok Left
Commands in Training
Ku Ryung Count
Ky Ryung E Mat Cho So By the count
Ky Ryung Up Shi Without the count
Cha Ryut Attention
Kyung Ret Bow
Choon Be Ready
Shi-Jook Begin
Ba-Ro Return
Shio Relax/Rest
Gu Man Stop
Tora Turn
Dwi Ro Tora Turn to rear
Bal Cha Gi Choon Be Ready to kick
Ko Map Sum Ni Da Thank you
Cho Man E Oh You are welcome
For Cadence Number For Ranking Order
Hana One Il
Dool Two E
Set Three Sam
Net Four Sa
Da Sot Five O
Yuh Sot Six Yook
Il Gop Seven Chil
Yo Dull Eight Pal
Ah Hope Nine Koo
Yohl Ten Ship
Sumul Twenty Sa-Ship
Sorun Thirty Sam-Ship
Mahun Fourty Sa-Ship
Shwin Fifty O-Ship
Yesun Sixty Yook-Ship
Irun Seventy Chil-Ship
Yodun Eighty Pay-Ship
Ahun Ninety Koo-Ship
Paek One Hundred Il-Paek
Chon One Thousand Il-Chon
Note: Numbers above ten are formed by adding the word for the numbers one through nine to the words meaning ten, twenty, thirty etc. For example: 11 is "Yohl Hanna".
Commands in Starting and Closing Class
Cha Ryut Attention
Kuk Gi Bay Ray Bow to flag
Ba-Ro Return
Ahn Jo Sit
Muk Nyum Meditation
Ba-Ro Return
Cha Ryut Attention
Sa Bom Nim Kay Kyung Ret Bow to senior instructor
Kyo Sa Nim Kay Kyung Ret Bow to instructor
Shim Sa Kwan Nim Kay Kyung Ret Bow to judge or examiner
Kwang Jang Nim Kay Kyung Ret Bow to grandmaster
When the command to bow to the instructor is given, all members say with clarity, "Ko Map Sum Ni Da"(Thank you sir) to the instructor.
Pahl Arm
Bahl Foot
Chu Mok Fist
Mok Neck
Hur Ri Waist
Da Ri Leg
Sohn Hand
Pal Coop Elbow
Moo Roop Knee
Eema Forhead
Tuck Chin
Myung Chi Solar plexis
In Choong Between mouth and nose
Dan Jun Low abdomen
Ko Hwan Groin
Basic Stance(Gi Cho Ja Seh)
Choon Be Ja Seh Ready stance
Chun Gul Ja Seh Front stance
Hu Gul Ja Seh Back stance
Kee Mah Ja Seh Horse stance
Sa Ko Rip Ja Seh Side stance
Basic Hand Movements
Pahl Put Kee Punch Exercise, Horse Stance
Ha Dan Mahk Kee Low Block, Front Stance
Choong Dan Kong Kyuk Middle Punch, Front Stance
Sang Dan Kong Kyuck High Punch, Front Stance
Ahneso Phaku Ro Mahk Kee Inside/Outside Block, Front Stance
Phakeso Ahnu Ro Mahk Kee Outside/Inside Block, Front Stance
Chun Gul Ssang Soo Mahk Key Two Fist Middle Block, Front Stance
Kwan Soo Kong Kyuck Spear Hand Attack, Front Stance
Yuk Soo Knife Hand Defense and Reverse Punch
Ssang Soo Ha Dan Mahk Kee Two Fist Low X Block, Front Stance
Wheng Jin Kong Kyuck Side Punch Horse Stance
Hu Gul Ha Dan Mahk Kee Low Block, Back Stance
Hu Gul Sang Dan Mahk Kee High Block, Back Stance
Hu Gul Ha Yup Mahk Kee Side Block, Back Stance
Hu Gul Ssang Soo Ha Dan Mahk Kee Two Fist Low Block, Back Stance
Hu Gul Ssang Soo Mahk Kee Two Fist Middle Block, Back Stance
Ha Dan Soo Do Mahk Kee Low Knifehand Block, Back Stance
Choong Dan Soo Do Mahk Kee Middle Knifehand Block, Back Stance
Sang Dan Soo Do Mahk Kee High Knifehand Block, Back Stance
Yuk Jin Kong Kyuck Reverse Punch, Back Stance
Basic Kicking Movements
Ahp Podo Oil Ri Gi Front Stretch Kick
Ahp Cha Nut Gi Front Snap Kick
Yup Cha Gi Stepping Side Kick
Dull Ryo Yup Cha Gi Turning Side Kick
Dull Ryo Cha Gi Round-House Kick
Dwi Cha Gi Back Kick
Dwi Dull Ryo Cha Gi Spinning Back Wheel Kick
Ahneso Phaku Ro Cha Gi Inside/Outside Axe Kick
Phakeso Ahnero Cha Gi Outside/Inside Axe Kick
Yup Hu Ri Gi Stepping Wheel Kick
Ahp Me Ro Cha Gi Front Push Kick
Pi Cha Gi 45 Degree Kick
E Dan Ahp Cha Gi Jump Front Kick
E Dan Yup Cha Gi Jump Side Kick
E Dan Dull Ryo Cha Gi Jump Roundhouse Kick
E Dan Dwi Cha Gi Jump Back Kick
E Dan Dull Ryo Dwi Cha Gi Jump 360 Back Kick
E Dan Dwi Dull Ryo Cha Gi Jump Back Wheel Kick
Sparring(Deh Ryun)
Sam Soo Sik Deh Ryun Three step sparring
Il Soo Sik Deh Ryun One step sparring
Ja Yu Deh Ryun Free sparring
Jua Deh Ryun Sparring in sitting position
Wa Deh Ryun Sparring in lying down position
Bong Deh Ryun Stick sparring
Da Soo In Deh Ryun Sparring against two or more
Kyo Deh Change position or assume partner's postion
Took Soo Deh Ryun Special Sparring
Dan Do Deh Ryun Short knife sparring
Sil Chay Deh Ryun Full contact sparring
Gun Nuhn Deh Ryun No contact sparring
I am working late tonight. With any luck, everyone will clear out by 6:00 so that I have a few minutes to run over my material in my cube. I like doing my forms at work when nobody's around. It gives me a chance to make mistakes and pretend that they're on purpose. Not that *I* make mistakes. ha! Me of the flubbed Pyung Ahn Oh Dan!!

I set myself a couple of goals for the next month or so. I'm going to start practicing my forms one through whatever I decide I need to work on. I also need to work on the jumping kicks (cha gi). I like the fact that there are jumping kicks that I can do. I may not kick as high as I'd like, but I'm at least trying to clear some ground, so that will help. I particularly like the jumping hook kick (no Korean on this one, sorry!). It's a fun kick. Ms. S had to remind me to tighten up my leg on this one and try to kick my own rear. Okay! I feel like I need a refresher in kicking one oh one, but I'll be giving myself that as I practice more.

Another kick I know I'm weak on is the back kick. DB has always reminded me to "LOOK at where you're kicking" and I've heard it from Master G as well. Gotta LOOK or you'll be way off base! I'm going to have to dig out my pads and start getting Tony to go outside and hold them for me. I could always get Aidan involved in that too, to help him keep sharp.

I need to set some fitness goals and start working toward those as well. I have read the requirements for passing the belt test (no matter WHOSE belt test it is!). For my age/weight, I should be able to run a mile in ten minutes. I don't know if he'll insist on straight running, but I'm betting anything that as long as I clear it in the ten minute time frame, I won't fail. I have to start conditioning myself, so that means walking first. I wish I lived closer to my friend, S. I'd love to have her coach me again. I worked with her a couple of years ago and managed to do a 5 k in an hour or so. I don't remember the exact time. I know that we both ran and walked it. She was a sweetie and really pushed me when I needed that push. I'll have to call her and ask her if she'll push me again.

I guess I can put my fitness goals over at the other blog (Martial Arts Musings) and update that as I make my goals. Might be worth a shot. That way I have both of them updated. I may mirror this blog at that one.