Jok Ki (Kicking Techniques) are the bread and butter of Korean Martial Arts. In the world of karate, Tang Soo Do’s differences are most apparent in kicking – dynamic, high, and arial. A flying side klick is on our association flag and seal! This week, I want you to concentrate on combination and consecutive kicking while “Crossing the T.” Combination kicking involves both legs while consecutive kicking is multiple kicks with the same leg. “Crossing the T” is nothing more than changing the angle of attack to gain the advantage of while placing your opponent at a disadvantage.
Daily for the week:
– 50 pushups
– 50 sit ups/ab routine
– 50 squats
– 10 minutes of planks
– 50 jumping jacks
You may break this challenge up into as many sets as you need throughout the day. Go for it!
Report on how your workouts are going in the comments below. What are you doing? What are you challenges? Let’s encourage one another.
Indomitable Spirit: Indomitable spirit is a hard tenet to grasp. From this tenet comes the strength to not just persevere, but to rise above one’s self. American revolutionary Thomas Paine describe the indomitable spirit as “the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress and grow brave by reflection. It is the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles to death.” Don’t Quit! Press on to the greater goal. Run the race laid before you with honor. “Let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone [even the rude], and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” (Galatians 6:9–10)
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.
8. Do not be overly ambitious.
9. Frequently inspect your own achievements.
Self-reflection is key in any endeavor. You must mark where you’ve been to mark where you’re going. Inspect, judge, test, and examine your past to adjust for who you want to be in the future.
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.
8. “Cross the T” to escape.
“Crossing the T” is a nautical warfare term describing two ships that have become perpendicular allowing the broadside of one ship with its cannon battery to fire upon the unprotected bow or stern of the other vessel. This concept seamlessly translates to the Tang Soo Do practitioner adjusting and moving to a more advantageous and less defensible attack line. When forced to fight, the practitioner is constantly moving, striking, and moving again. Ideally, by the time an opponent reacts to a strike, the practitioner has moved and is striking again. Efficiency and practicality are key.