Hyungs are the textbooks of our martial art. Without the hyungs, we are just kicking a punching without a unification of purpose. The hyungs teach us to connect various techniques together, however, the hyungs are not scripted combat drills. Some techniques within the hyungs naturally move from one to the next, but that does not mean in application you can’t reverse the order or mix up the order across several hyungs. The 12th attitude requirement speaks directly to this, “When you learn new techniques, learn thoroughly the theory and philosophy as well.” If we truly understand the body mechanics we are learning in the hyungs, we will never struggle with the application of those techniques. Go practice, explore, experiment, and practice some more.
Daily for the week:
You may break this challenge up into as many sets as you need throughout the day. Go for it!
Obedience to Parents – In the code, “Parents” implies father, mother, teachers, elders, and instructors. It is respect for others, esteem, honor, and appreciation. In many ways this is a given, still this is a code that must be retaught regularly because of our inclination to to disobey and do our own thing (also known as sin). God commands us in Exodus 20:12 to “honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.” This is the first of the 10 Commandments with a promise. The Apostle Paul picks up this theme in the letter to the Ephesians telling us to obey our parents because it is the right thing to do (Eph 6:1) and in the letter to Colossae, obedience pleases the Lord (Col 3:20). Adults, don’t dismiss this code believing it only applies to the youth. We have just as much a responsibility to those placed in authority over us. The code is a transferrable principle. Seek to show obedience through your attitude, your personal honor, and a desire to glorify God in your thoughts and actions.
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.
10. Always follow a routine and training schedule.
11. Repeatedly practice all techniques already learned.
Just like any other skill or exercise, lack of practice dulls the senses and atrophies the muscles. You can always improve the technique. The goal is to be better than you were the day before.
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.
10. Don’t forget to breathe. (Part 2)
The Tang Soo Do practitioner uses a short quick breath often combined with a yell, grunt, or kiap. The kiap accomplishes multiple tasks. It helps to focus the attack and counter-attack. When hit, the practitioner can yell to dispel the painful impact—it is the warrior’s cry. The use of the short quick breath also constricts the abdomen firming the core of the body, which allows the kinetic energy generated in the legs to transfer more easily to the upper extremities. The practitioner who simply punches without a proper kiap and without constricting the abdomen is only punching with the shoulder and arm. The practitioner who breathes correctly, tightening the abdomen, and produces the natural kiap will more quickly learn how to use the legs (i.e. the stances) and connection to the ground to strengthen both a strike with the upper body as well as strikes with the legs. Slow deliberate breathing is also required when transitioning from one stance to another and when applying pressure for a joint lock, a throw, or a clinch. A slow intentional deep breath can also prepare the body and the mind for the explosive action about to occur. Hyungs are an essential tool in teaching the student how to breathe in different ways in concert with controlled predictable body movement. The astute instructor assists the student in making this connection between the hyungs and the dynamic application of tactics and techniques learned from the hyungs.