As a traditional martial art, Tang Soo Do is a forms based art. This is the same with many traditional Japanese, Okinawan, and Chinese arts. Tang Soo Do, which is Korean in style and culture, draws heavily from Japan, Okinawa, and China as well as precursor arts from Korea. Some of our forms go back centuries while other are more recently created. Forms (Hyung) teach us balance, body awareness, focus, and provide a multi-planer (straight, twisting, and angular movement) cardio workout. This week, we are learning and practicing forms.
I have a limited few bo-staffs you may borrow in class. You do not need anything fancy. A staff is just a long stick about your height. Here is a suggested resource less than $10.
CHANGES FOR SPRING SESSION: We have 6 weeks until our next belt test (March 20th). There is a great deal of work to accomplish between now and then. I expect each of you to practice at least twice a week outside of class. If you do not practice, you will not be ready for the test. You testing requirements are Knowledge (the written test, which is your responsibility to study on your own), Basic Techniques in combinations, Hyungs, One-Steps, Sparring, Circular Drill, weapons (as applicable), SOAR Challenge (must compete eight challenges), and Breaking (as applicable). Your written test information is your responsibility alone. I will introduce a belt striping system (to be worn on the right side of your belt) to ensure you have learned your required skills and are prepared for the test.