This Week’s Training
Tang Soo Do Warriors:
. Very similar to last week we will continue our training on loads for each block and strike starting in horse stance (Kee Ma Ja Seh), then in front stance (Chun Kul Ja Seh) and fighting stance (Hu Kul Ja Seh). This is a bit technical, but with proper muscle memory, power generation in the block (strike) is much easier. I would also like to spend some time on the looping sparring drill (Won-Hyong Dae-Ryun). and our forms Sae Kye Hyungs Il/E Bu and maybe introduce Sam Bu.
. Adult Class Only: If you have a bo staff (an actual bo staff, broom handle, rake handle, etc.) please bring that with you to class this week. I want to begin training our first bo staff form (Bong Hyung Il Bu).
Training Schedule, Mon & Thur
1800-1830: School age kids class (5-10 year old)
1830-1930: All Students ages 10 years to Adult
Three opportunities are approaching in the near future:
– 6 Apr: The Region 4 Annual Gup Clinic follow link for details. Super affordable.
– 4 May: Karate Master’s Invitational Tournament in Spring, TX. No details yet. I will publish as they become available.
– Soar TSD Belt Test – Fort Hood, TX
2 May: Written Test (during class)
11 May: Physical Test (10:30-12:00)
. I will speak to each family individually for those I believe are ready to test. As this is a formal World Tang Soo Do Association event, a uniform is required for testing. A TSD Uniform is $36.00. If this becomes a financial hardship, please let me know. We have options.
. Children’s class (5-10 years), there is no testing fee as rank from this age group does not transfer to other clubs/studios.
. Adult class (10 years to Adult), the testing fee is $25.00 due on 2 May in cash, check, or debit card.
Attitude Requirements to Master Tang Soo Do (1 – 14)
1. Purpose of training should be the enhancement of mental and physical betterment.
2. Serious Approach.
3. All out effort.
4. Maintain regular and constant practice.
5. Practice basic techniques all the time.
Meditation for the Week
Honor Friendship – The third code of Tang Soo Do. Like many things, the notion of friendship differs from country to country. In many Middle Eastern countries, people consider themselves “friends” the minute they meet, in some European countries, continuous contact is required in order to maintain friendship, and in the United States, both distances and caring are necessary for two people to be considered friends. Koreans place high value on trust and do not trust people unless they are affiliated in some way. Affiliation differs from person to person in Korea. Some people require that their friends belong to the same big organizations: company, school, church etc. Others consider that smaller organizations like clubs, cafes or housing can be considered as a common affiliation.
. Consider Proverbs 17:17, A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. Friendship is the basis of a relationship with the implied understanding of trust and dependability. A friend sticks with you when this are good and challenging. Still, when life becomes difficult, beyond your ability to handle on your own, those friends that stick by you become like family to you. Jesus said, Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends (John 15:13). The very thing Jesus did for humanity to provide the way of reconciliation between God and man. True friendship is evidenced is our willingness to place the needs of others before our own.