Tang Soo! Here is your workout plan for the week in conjunction with what we are training in class.
Jok Ki (Kicking) is what Korean martial arts are known for. Kicks should be dynamic, quick, and effortless. This takes a great deal of practice. All our kicks are built off of the 5 basic kicking techniques: Front, Side, Turning, Back, and Crescent kicks. To challenge yourself, practice these kicks from Hu Kul Ja Seh, Chun Kul Ja Seh, and Kee Ma Ja Seh. To build power begin each basic kick with one air-squat from your chosen stance. Additionally, multiple kicks in sequence are a must. Practice consecutive kicking (multiple kicks with the same leg) and your combination kicking (multiple kicks with both legs). Don’t forget to move and change the angle of attack. You are always looking to increase your advantage and decrease your opponents.
Complete 50 air-squats and 50 Russian Twists every day this week. For the air-squats, be sure to keep you shoulders over your hips for every repetition. If you bend over, that repetition does not count. For the Russian Twists, keep your feet off the ground balancing on your back-side. You may break this challenge up into as many sets as you need throughout the day. However, these are in addition to your workout – not in place of. Go for it!
Your DAREBEE additions this week will be Defcon-1 and The Takedown. Defcon-1 has great static holds to build major muscle groups. The Takedown works on explosive agility. The full Takedown is 7 rounds changing the kick on each round. Round one is Side Kicks, Round two is Front Kicks, Etc. (see the PDF). Do one three times this week and the other twice this week – your choice.
Report on how your workouts are going in the comments below. Let’s encourage one another.
Perseverance – Perseverance means we don’t give up. We don’t stop. We keep placing one foot in front of another. We finish the race laid before us. We continue the journey … even when you face the difficult and seemingly insurmountable challenges. The Bible tells us to “not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9). Henri Nouwen observed, “in the middle of the pain there is some hidden gift. I, more and more in my life, have discovered that the gifts of life are often hidden in the places that hurt most” (Henri Nouwen and Soul Care by Wil Hernandez). Perseverance finds its greatest effect in the crucibles of life when God allows and perhaps organizes such challenges to refine, shape, and polish us for His glory. Persevere! And remember the promise found in James 1:25, “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.”
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.
Consistency is key. Consistency is necessary for every aspect of our lives whether its martial arts, academics, or learning a language. Create the routine to build the muscle memory.
5. Practice basic techniques all the time.
6. Regularly spaced practice sessions.
7. Always listen to and follow the directions of instructors or seniors.
8. Do not be overly ambitious.
9. Frequently inspect your own achievements.
10. Always follow a routine and training schedule.
11. Repeatedly practice all techniques already learned.
12. When you learn new techniques, learn thoroughly the theory and philosophy as well.
13. When you begin to feel idle, try to overcome this.
14. Cleanliness is required after training. Keep yourself and your surroundings clean.
4. Nerve strikes are extra credit. Dim Mak has a place in Tang Soo Do, and knowing the vital points for nerve strikes is extremely useful. Beware, they do not work on everyone. The effectiveness of a nerve strike depends greatly on the mental condition and health of an individual. The Tang Soo Do practitioner should never rely solely on a nerve strike attack against a determined opponent, but rather consider them extra credit in combination with other soft or hard tissue attacks.