This Week’s Training
Hwarang – 화랑 – Flowering Knights: We will continue to build on our basic kicking, punching and blocking from various stances. 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/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 keep training our first bo staff form (Bong Hyung Il Bu).
Three opportunities are approaching in the near future:
– 6 Apr: The Region 4 Annual Gup Clinic follow link for details. Super affordable. Registration deadline is 5 Apr.
– 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: Soar TSD Written Test for adult class only
11 May: Physical Test (10:30-12:00)
. I have sent and email to each family I believe are/will be ready to test. If you did not receive something from me and believe you should’ve, please contact me. 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.
. Little Dragons 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 9 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.
6. Regularly spaced practice sessions.
Meditation for the Week
No Retreat in Battle – While the immediate meaning is likely clear, the word “battle” is significantly more. Primarily, “battle” refers to self-defense or non-consensual conflict. This may be a verbal or a physical altercation. Either way, we are to train in such a way that we do not retreat and have no need to retreat. That means studying and training for all possible circumstance to the best of our ability. When done so properly, out fifth code comes in to play: “In fighting choose with sense and honor” – more on that next week. In a more metaphorical sense, we are talking about determination, perseverance, duty, and courage. We all have our personal battles to fight in our jobs, in our relationships, and even in our character. We are challenged not to retreat from these personal battles, not to ignore the difficult, to keep pushing forward to attain our goals, and to become the people we were designed to be.
. James, in his New Testament letter to the church, addresses this very principle in dealing with our spiritual growth and our exposure to the Gospel. In chapter one verses 23–25, James writes, “For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.”
. The one who heared and walked away is the one who retreated when faced with the glory of Christ in the Gospel. The one who is honorable, who courageously perseveres is the one who recognizes his/her deficiencies, and seeks to conform the image of the Son of God. This is part of the application to which Paul referred to when he said we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13).