Ho Sin Sul (Self Defence) is is the topic of the week. This is always a fun week of concentration. Up front, I am telling you to be care, deliberate and slow. You can really hurt someone while manipulating joints and performing throws. While remaining mindful of safety, begin asking yourself, “am I moving in a straight line or on a circular path?”
Moving in Circles or Straight Lines: Through joint manipulation, you can force your opponent to move in a straight line or in a circular path. Number 5, Horse and Saddle, is an example of a straight line movement. After pinning the wrist and securing the elbow, you drive the arm up in a straight line into the shoulder forcing pressure into the elbow. Number 6, Belt, is a perfect example of a circular path, where you make a small circle while pinning the opponents arm and forcing your opponent to travel on a larger and longer circle just as fast as your are turning on you shorter and smaller circle. Know whether you are causing your opponent to move in a straight line of a circular path. Then, make those lines and paths more efficient. Practice and experiment, but be careful.
The Soar Weekly Challenge
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.
Meditation for the Week
Loyalty to Country – The first of the Five Codes of Tang Soo Do. Irrespective of whether one is a born citizen, or whether citizenship is gained later in life – having loyalty to country allows one to truly appreciate and love one’s homeland.
Rebellion and treachery against a just government have always led to crippled societies. This is because rebellion or acting against the state is a threat to the peace and security of a nation. Indeed, where internal rebellion or opposition occurs, then it fans the flames of external opposition and encourages outsiders to take advantage of the internal disorder. We have seen this happen throughout history causing the destabilization of nations. Hence, the consequences of disloyalty to one’s nation can be far-reaching and extreme.
It is important that this relationship is symbiotic and mutually respectful. Governments should put policies in place that establish and protect mutual respect. Any action that hurts the sentiments of others or causes any type of harm should be avoided.
Hear the word of God through the Apostle Paul in Romans 13:1-7
1 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, 4 for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. 6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. 7 Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.
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.
8. Do not be overly ambitious.
9. Frequently inspect your own achievements.
10. Always follow a routine and training schedule.
Self-discipline is essential for all tasks. When it’s hot, when it’s cold, when you’re busy, when you’re feeling lazy, stick to a schedule. Miyamoto Musashi said, “you can only fight the way you practice.”
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
10. Don’t forget to breathe. (Part 1) Breathing is essential for life; no surprise there. For all types of athletes, correct breathing is essential for maximum efficiency of body mechanics. Muscles need oxygen to work properly. The runner learns to breathe with the rhythm of her steps. She maintains a steady and methodical breathing pattern. So does the swimmer, but the martial artist uses his body differently. Sudden explosive power is necessary and quickly followed by slow deliberate movement to control a situation. Because of the wide variety of arhythmic body movements, the martial artist learns to breathe in different ways.