Soar TSD Training, Week of 9 Dec.

I hope you all enjoyed your week off last week! It’s time to get back at. Class this week is 12 Dec, Thursday. We will only have class on Thursdays for the time being. TRAIN HARD on your own, and refine in class.

Tang Soo! How’s you training going? Families are always busy during the holiday season. You will have to be intentional about carving out time to train. Keep at it! Every path is finished one step at a time. 

Just like everything else we do, you need to move to the most advantageous position and/or angle. You need to know where you want to end the technique and what position you want you partner/opponent in. This gives you the advantage while placing the opponent at the disadvantage. Work your Ho Sin Sul techniques slowly in drill and then speed them up until you are able to simply respond to the grab or attack. 

The Soar Weekly Challenge

Let’s keep is simple this week. 50 Burpees and 50 Russian twists every day. 

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

Self-Control – “A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls. (Proverbs 25:28) Gichin Funakoshi repeatedly pointed out that the first purpose in pursuing this art is the nurturing of a sublime spirit, a spirit of humility. Even the older practitioners placed stronger emphasis on the spiritual side of the art than on the techniques. It is said that in the training of body and spirit, and above all else, one should treat his opponent courteously and with the proper etiquette. It is not enough to fight with all one’s power; the real objective in [martial arts] is to do so for the sake of justice. The quality necessary to accomplish this is self-control. Funakoshi continues: “To become a victor, one must first overcome his own self.”

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.
7. Always listen to and follow the directions of instructors or seniors.
This falls in line with respect and obedience whether in the Dojang or outside of the Dojang. Many times, if we stop to listen, we usually learn something.

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

7. Techniques must work on an unwilling “partner.”

Although the hyungs anticipate a predictable and anatomically sound attack, as do the WTSDA one-steps, real violence is not choreographed and becomes unpredictable. The strategy of both opponents is to win, so it should not be surprising for both to become creative in application and “break” the rules of an orderly interpretation. A technique must work on the unwilling partner. To practice this, practitioners should drill the hyungs interpretation and application in a dynamic free-sparring environment where your partner is unaware of the sequence of defense. Each sparring partner is to enter the contest with three to four applications in mind and attempt to apply them at random and as the context of the match allows. This is how the Tang Soo Do student practices basic techniques regularly and constantly. 

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