Ladies and Gentlemen,
Training: Just a reminder that we will not have a class tonight; I am traveling for work until the end of next week. After I return, we will be good for al least 6 weeks.
Region Forms and Weapons Clinic in Bogenhausen near Munich. The clinic will run from 1000-1300, and we will go get lunch after training. The cost for this clinic is 15€ at the door. Find more information here.
Individual Training: Here’s what I would like for everyone to practice this week: form and position:
– Front Stance (Chun Kul Ja Seh): Strong from Front to Back. Eyes, Shoulders, Hips and Feet all face forward. One shoulder width wide and 1.5 to 2 shoulders width long. I know the picture says 1.5, but I find the stance more stable the closer I get to 2 shoulders width for the length of the stance. Maintain a “tunnel” between your feet. Practice moving 4 or 5 steps, then turn and move back 4 or 5 steps. Keep your head at the same level. Don’t bounce up and down.
– Horse Riding Stance (Kee Ma Ja She): Strong from Side to Side. Eyes, Shoulders, Hips and Feet all face forward. Your feet are 2 shoulders width wide. Knees are pressed out over your ankles. Don’t lean forward; keep your spine as tall as possible. Hold the stance for 30 seconds, rest for 30 seconds, repeat for 10 minutes.
– Fighting Stance (Hu Kul Ja Seh): Your feet generally make and “L” shape. 70% of your weight is on the back foot; 30% of your weight in on the front foot. You should be able to lift your front foot without shifting your shoulders. From your waist up, your body should be turned about 30º to 45º. Keep you guard up and elbows in. Practice moving forward, backward, and turning while maintain proper stance and weight distribution.
– Static Kicks: All kicks have three parts: Chamber, Extend, Re-chamber. With the exception of our crescent kicks, your knee is inline with your target beginning with the chamber. For practice and muscle control do the following. Find a piece of wall or a chair to maintain your balance; hold a good Hu Kul Ja Seh. Using your front leg, chamber a Front kick (Aph Cha Gi). Hold that chamber for 5 seconds. Extend the kick and hold for 5 second (remember to maintain good foot position). Re-chamber the kick holding for 5 seconds. Repeat 15 to 20 times on each leg. Remember form and foot position over hight. Height will come with practice. Do this same exercise with Side Kick (Yup Cha Gi) and Roundhouse Kick (Tollyo Cha Gi).