This Week’s Training
Warriors: Our concentration will revolve around the Belt test on 11 May, so please take a look at your testing requirements. If you are unsure on anything, ask the questions.
. Adult Class Only: Please bring your bo staff. I want to add the first turn to Bong Hyung Il Bu.
Three opportunities are approaching in the near future:
– 4 May: Karate Master’s Invitational Tournament in Spring, TX. No details yet. I believe Master Sharpe said he should have the details ready by this week.
– 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.
7. Always listen to and follow the directions of instructors or seniors.
Meditation for the Week
In fighting choose with sense and honor – Remember last week’s meditation? I talked about battle. What is the difference between “battle” and “fighting”? A Battle is a confrontation you did not agree to; it’s non-consensual, or something you would prefer not to engage. A “fight” is a consensual conflict like sparring or debate. The challenge is to maintain your self-control, humility, and respect during the “fight” – that’s fighting with sense and honor. As Paul instructed Timothy, “Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses” (1 Timothy 6:12). You should be proud of your actions and reactions after the fact. Paul continued his exhortation to Timothy by saying, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7). Paul was content with the manner in which he lived, and at those points he was not, Paul rested in the Grace of Christ. There is a large bit of overlap between our fourth and fifth codes of Tang Soo Do, still I want you to understand the differences. Each of you will be forced into a variety of conflicts, either battles or fights, therefore you must decide now and practice how you will respond and engage. You will do without think that which you practice.