Class Schedule

Soar TSD Training, Week of 25 Nov.

No class this week due to Thanksgiving. However, I expect you to train on your own. Mrs. McConnell will be at Drill next week. In short, the next meeting for Soar TSD Class in 12 Dec. Enjoy the break, but take advantage of the extra practice time.

Tang Soo! Here is your workout plan for the week in conjunction with what we are training in class.

With Soo Ki (Hands) techniques, keep working the angles of attack. Close quarters self-defense is what our Hyungs (forms) are designed to teach. Use your defense hand techniques to move around your opponent to change the angle. This gives you the advantage while placing the opponent at the disadvantage. 

The Soar Weekly Challenge

How are you doing on the challenges? Me? I’m trying, but it’s a challenge to fit it in, still together we can do it!

Complete 50 push-ups and 50 air squats every day this week. For the push-ups, be bend your are a full 90º; don’t just bob your head up and down. For the air-squats, be sure to keep you shoulders over your hips for every repetition. If you bend over, that repetition does not count. You may break this challenge up into as many sets as you need throughout the day. However, these are in addition to your workout – not in place of. Go for it!

Report on how your workouts are going in the comments below. What are you doing? Let’s encourage one another.

Meditation for the Week

Respect and Obedience* – Obedience can be a difficult obligation, still there is great respect and humility in obedience. These are the virtues we are called to demonstrate to the world around us. The writer of the New Testament book of Hebrews said, “Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you” (Hebrews 13:17). Obedience has a double blessing. First, you make it easier for your leader, parent, teacher, etc. to accomplish his/her requirements. Second, because it is easier for that leader, he/she is more willing to work harder for you and be a greater benefit to you. We should always be praying that our leaders (parents, teachers, commanders) would grow in strength and wisdom, so that they can lead with competence and we can be led well. Finally, Edwin Cole, founder of the Christian Men’s Network, succinctly said it this way, “Obedience is an act of faith; disobedience is the result of unbelief.” Be people of faith. Trust in God that He has placed those in authority over us. Obedience is an act of faith and worship before God almighty. Jesus said, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments” (John 14:15).

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.
Consistency is key to any endeavor. The old provers of a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step is apt here. To finish the journey, you must keep stepping forward. True in Tang Soo Do and life.

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.
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

6. Techniques must work at full speed and power.

The practice of the hyung is to achieve complete mastery of all body movement. Real violence and self defense are another matter; they are messy, fast, sloppy and brutal thus working with the adrenaline rush. The goal of body movement mastery makes real violence far more manageable enabling the practitioner to exert all possible power to end the aggression quickly while not allowing perfection in the moment to become the enemy of good enough.

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Soar TSD Training, Week of 11 Nov.

Tang Soo! Here is your workout plan for the week in conjunction with what we are training in class.

No official Class on Monday, 11 Nov, due to Veteran’s Day.
See you Thursday. Train Hard!

Jok Ki (Kicking) is what Korean martial arts are known for. Kicks should be dynamic, quick, and effortless. This takes a great deal of practice. All our kicks are built off of the 5 basic kicking techniques: Front, Side, Turning, Back, and Crescent kicks. To challenge yourself, practice these kicks from Hu Kul Ja Seh, Chun Kul Ja Seh, and Kee Ma Ja Seh. To build power begin each basic kick with one air-squat from your chosen stance. Additionally, multiple kicks in sequence are a must. Practice consecutive kicking (multiple kicks with the same leg) and your combination kicking (multiple kicks with both legs). Don’t forget to move and change the angle of attack. You are always looking to increase your advantage and decrease your opponents. 

The Soar Weekly Challenge

Complete 50 air-squats and 50 Russian Twists every day this week. For the air-squats, be sure to keep you shoulders over your hips for every repetition. If you bend over, that repetition does not count. For the Russian Twists, keep your feet off the ground balancing on your back-side. You may break this challenge up into as many sets as you need throughout the day. However, these are in addition to your workout – not in place of. Go for it!

The Russian Twist

Your DAREBEE additions this week will be Defcon-1 and The Takedown. Defcon-1 has great static holds to build major muscle groups. The Takedown works on explosive agility. The full Takedown is 7 rounds changing the kick on each round. Round one is Side Kicks, Round two is Front Kicks, Etc. (see the PDF). Do one three times this week and the other twice this week – your choice. 

Report on how your workouts are going in the comments below. Let’s encourage one another.

Meditation for the Week

Perseverance – Perseverance means we don’t give up. We don’t stop. We keep placing one foot in front of another. We finish the race laid before us. We continue the journey … even when you face the difficult and seemingly insurmountable challenges. The Bible tells us to “not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9). Henri Nouwen observed, “in the middle of the pain there is some hidden gift. I, more and more in my life, have discovered that the gifts of life are often hidden in the places that hurt most” (Henri Nouwen and Soul Care by Wil Hernandez). Perseverance finds its greatest effect in the crucibles of life when God allows and perhaps organizes such challenges to refine, shape, and polish us for His glory. Persevere! And remember the promise found in James 1:25, “the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.”

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.
Consistency is key. Consistency is necessary for every aspect of our lives whether its martial arts, academics, or learning a language. Create the routine to build the muscle memory.

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.
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

4. Nerve strikes are extra credit. Dim Mak has a place in Tang Soo Do, and knowing the vital points for nerve strikes is extremely useful. Beware, they do not work on everyone. The effectiveness of a nerve strike depends greatly on the mental condition and health of an individual. The Tang Soo Do practitioner should never rely solely on a nerve strike attack against a determined opponent, but rather consider them extra credit in combination with other soft or hard tissue attacks.

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Soar TSD Training 21/24 Oct

It’s Soo Ki (Hands) training week! Let’s look at hand techniques in offense and defense (attack and counter-attack) along with our Il Soo Sik Soo Ki (Hands One-Steps)

For class and individual training please use this week’s guide.

Meditation for the Week

In Fighting Choose with Sense and Honor – Remember last week’s meditation? I talked about battle. What is the difference between “battle” and “fighting”? A Battle is a confrontation you did not agree to; it’s non-consensual, or something you would prefer not to engage. A “fight” is a consensual conflict like sparring or debate. The challenge is to maintain your self-control, humility, and respect during the “fight” – that’s fighting with sense and honor. As Paul instructed Timothy, “Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses” (1 Timothy 6:12). You should be proud of your actions and reactions after the fact. Paul continued his exhortation to Timothy by saying, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7). Paul was content with the manner in which he lived, and at those points he was not, Paul rested in the Grace of Christ. There is a large bit of overlap between our fourth and fifth codes of Tang Soo Do, still I want you to understand the differences. Each of you will be forced into a variety of conflicts, either battles or fights, therefore you must decide now and practice how you will respond and engage. You will do without think that which you practice.

Attitude Requirements to Master Tang Soo Do

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1. Purpose of training should be the enhancement of mental and physical betterment.
How are your enhancing yourself through Tang soo Do training? What are you learning physically, mentally, spiritually, and socially?
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 truing 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.

13 Hyung Interpretation Principles

1. There is more than one proper interpretation of any movement.
“Do” in Tang Soo Do means “way or art.” Tang Soo Do is an art of body movement and mechanics. It is organic. The actual combat application derived from the hyung transcends the artificial construction of the form as a training tool. It becomes error to say there is only one sound application of a specific tactic found in a hyung. To limit the practitioner to a single application for a single movement within the hyung limits the growth of the student just as much as it limits the art itself. The practitioner is free to be creative with elements of the hyung, and creativity finds its fullness within a community of martial artists because of the variety of physical characteristics, body types, and mental and emotional approaches to combat. What works well for one person (i.e. the 215-pound semi-pro male athlete) may not work well for another student attempting to apply the interpretation in the same way (i.e. the 125-pound female teenager). On the other hand, the serendipitous discovery of a new interpretation and application might work even better than what was developed individually. This first principle requires an open mind.

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2-6 Dec Training

Hey Training Partners! I hope you are doing well and have been preparing for the upcoming test on 20 December. Please be sure to pay your testing fee. We will be having class as normal this week. I will also be in the BMAG on Wednesday and Friday evening (1830…) to work with anyone who like some one-on-one attention (or additional informal-classes if everyone shows).  There is a lot of work to do, but I know y’all will do great. I look forward to working out with you all tonight (2 Dec @ 18:30)

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Training Saturday 22 Nov

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Training tonight will be cancelled tonight due to unit training at 1800, 22 Nov 14. I apologize for the inconvenience. We can meet at 20:00 tonight if you would prefer. PLEASE let me know.

Next Tuesday, 25 Nov, I will not be present because of a trip to AJ.

Mr. Andrew Calvert

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Classes for the week of 21 July…

Classes for the week of 21-26 July will be canceled because I am traveling. The gym is still reserved, and you will be allowed to train on the open floor this week. I strongly encourage you to practice the four basic kicks, your high and low blocks while moving forward in a front stance, your one-steps (1-5 in hands, kicking, and grabbing), and Sae Kye Hyung Il Bu/Ee Bu/Sam Bu. When practicing your form(s), remember to imagine the opponent your are defending against and put some oomph behind your techniques. Stay Safe! Tang Soo!

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