No class this week due to Thanksgiving. However, I expect you to train on your own. Mrs. McConnell will be at Drill next week. In short, the next meeting for Soar TSD Class in 12 Dec. Enjoy the break, but take advantage of the extra practice time.
Tang Soo! Here is your workout plan for the week in conjunction with what we are training in class.
With Soo Ki (Hands) techniques, keep working the angles of attack. Close quarters self-defense is what our Hyungs (forms) are designed to teach. Use your defense hand techniques to move around your opponent to change the angle. This gives you the advantage while placing the opponent at the disadvantage.
The Soar Weekly Challenge
How are you doing on the challenges? Me? I’m trying, but it’s a challenge to fit it in, still together we can do it!
Complete 50 push-ups and 50 air squats every day this week. For the push-ups, be bend your are a full 90º; don’t just bob your head up and down. 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. 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!
Report on how your workouts are going in the comments below. What are you doing? Let’s encourage one another.
Meditation for the Week
Respect and Obedience* – Obedience can be a difficult obligation, still there is great respect and humility in obedience. These are the virtues we are called to demonstrate to the world around us. The writer of the New Testament book of Hebrews said, “Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you” (Hebrews 13:17). Obedience has a double blessing. First, you make it easier for your leader, parent, teacher, etc. to accomplish his/her requirements. Second, because it is easier for that leader, he/she is more willing to work harder for you and be a greater benefit to you. We should always be praying that our leaders (parents, teachers, commanders) would grow in strength and wisdom, so that they can lead with competence and we can be led well. Finally, Edwin Cole, founder of the Christian Men’s Network, succinctly said it this way, “Obedience is an act of faith; disobedience is the result of unbelief.” Be people of faith. Trust in God that He has placed those in authority over us. Obedience is an act of faith and worship before God almighty. Jesus said, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments” (John 14:15).
Attitude Requirements to Master Tang Soo Do
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.
Consistency is key to any endeavor. The old provers of a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step is apt here. To finish the journey, you must keep stepping forward. True in Tang Soo Do and life.
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.
13 Hyung Interpretation Principles
6. Techniques must work at full speed and power.
The practice of the hyung is to achieve complete mastery of all body movement. Real violence and self defense are another matter; they are messy, fast, sloppy and brutal thus working with the adrenaline rush. The goal of body movement mastery makes real violence far more manageable enabling the practitioner to exert all possible power to end the aggression quickly while not allowing perfection in the moment to become the enemy of good enough.