Soar Training: Kicking

In the world of karate, Tang Soo Do’s differences are most apparent in kicking – dynamic, high, and arial. The kicking is what makes Korean karate distinct. A flying side klick is on our association flag and seal! This week, we will practice our kicking and  Il Soo Sik Jok Ki Dae Ryun (일 수식 족기 대련)— One Steps with Foot techniques. 

Preparing for your Belt Test: We have about 7 weeks until our Summer belt test. 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. Your testing requirements are Knowledge (the written test), Basic Techniques, Hyungs, One-Steps, Sparring, Circular Drill, weapons (for brown belt and up), SOAR Challenge, and Breaking. Your written test information is your responsibility alone (See Here). We have a belt striping system (right side of the belt) to ensure you have learned your required skills and are prepared for the test. 

Your Attitude Determines Your Altitude- SOAR!

Basics (punch, kick, fall): Yellow Stripe
Hyung: Orange Stripe
One-Steps: Green Stripe
Circular drill: Brown Stripe
Sparring: Red Stripe
Weapons: Blue Stripe
SOAR Challenge: Purple Stripe

Weapons

Bo Staff

The World Tang Soo Do Association has four official weapons and associated forms. Those are the Bo Staff, Knife, Sword, and Cane. The bo staff is the primary weapon for training among colored belts (the Gups). In Korean, we call the bo staff a Bong (봉), which literally means pole or bar. Essentially, it’s a stick about your height. Here is an inexpensive means to getting your own Bong for training and learning. You can click on the picture.

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