Region 4 Gup Clinic, 6 Apr

World Tang Soo Do Association Region 4 Annual Gup Clinic

motm0515c.jpgCome experience classes taught by master instructors and black belts on special techniques and weapons. Don’t miss this once a year opportunity. Types of classes may include:

  • Weapons
  • Breaking
  • Joint Manipulation
  • Jump Kicks and Techniques
  • Advanced Tang Soo Do Techniques
  • Sparring

When you register, please let Mr. Calvert know: soartsd@gmail.com.

Online Application:
https://events.membersolutions.com/event_register.asp?content_id=78533

2018 SW Regional Champ14.jpgWhen: Saturday April 6, 2019
.           Gups (age 10–Adult): 12:30 – 4:30 pm
.           Little Dragons (ages 5–10): 12:30 – 2 pm
Note: A 10 minute break will be provided every hour. Participants should provide their own snacks and refreshments if any.

Where: Round Rock Chasco YMCA, 1812 N Mays St, Round Rock, TX

Cost:
Gups: $30.00 on or before April 5
.          $40.00 at the door

LD: $20.00 on or before April 5
.      $25.00 at the door

Online Application:
https://events.membersolutions.com/event_register.asp?content_id=78533

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Soar TSD Training 25/28 Mar

This Week’s Training

2018 SW Regional Champ14Tang Soo Do Warriors:
.  Very similar to last week we will continue our training on loads for each block and strike starting in horse stance (Kee Ma Ja Seh), then in front stance (Chun Kul Ja Seh) and fighting stance (Hu Kul Ja Seh). This is a bit technical, but with proper muscle memory, power generation in the block (strike) is much easier. I would also like to spend some time on the looping sparring drill (Won-Hyong Dae-Ryun). and our forms Sae Kye Hyungs Il/E Bu and maybe introduce Sam Bu.
.  Adult Class Only: If you have a bo staff (an actual bo staff, broom handle, rake handle, etc.) please bring that with you to class this week. I want to begin training our first bo staff form (Bong Hyung Il Bu).

Training Schedule, Mon & Thur

1800-1830: School age kids class (5-10 year old)
1830-1930: All Students ages 10 years to Adult

Upcoming Events

Three opportunities are approaching in the near future:
– 6 Apr: The Region 4 Annual Gup Clinic follow link for details. Super affordable.
– 4 May: Karate Master’s Invitational Tournament in Spring, TX. No details yet. I will publish as they become available.
– Soar TSD Belt Test – Fort Hood, TX
2 May
: Written Test (during class)
11 May: Physical Test (10:30-12:00)
.  I will speak to each family individually for those I believe are ready to test. As this is a formal World Tang Soo Do Association event, a uniform is required for testing. A TSD Uniform is $36.00. If this becomes a financial hardship, please let me know. We have options. 
.  Children’s class (5-10 years), there is no testing fee as rank from this age group does not transfer to other clubs/studios.
.  Adult class (10 years to Adult), the testing fee is $25.00 due on 2 May in cash, check, or debit card.

Attitude Requirements to Master Tang Soo Do (1 – 14)

image001.png1. 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.


Meditation for the Week

pexels-photo-461049.jpgHonor Friendship – The third code of Tang Soo Do. Like many things, the notion of friendship differs from country to country. In many Middle Eastern countries, people consider themselves “friends” the minute they meet, in some European countries, continuous contact is required in order to maintain friendship, and in the United States, both distances and caring are necessary for two people to be considered friends. Koreans place high value on trust and do not trust people unless they are affiliated in some way. Affiliation differs from person to person in Korea. Some people require that their friends belong to the same big organizations: company, school, church etc. Others consider that smaller organizations like clubs, cafes or housing can be considered as a common affiliation.
.  Consider Proverbs 17:17A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. Friendship is the basis of a relationship with the implied understanding of trust and dependability. A friend sticks with you when this are good and challenging. Still, when life becomes difficult, beyond your ability to handle on your own, those friends that stick by you become like family to you. Jesus said, Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends (John 15:13). The very thing Jesus did for humanity to provide the way of reconciliation between God and man. True friendship is evidenced is our willingness to place the needs of others before our own.

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Soar TSD Training 18/21 Mar

This Week’s Training

4273468704.jpgI am looking forward to this week’s training. We will focus on the loads for each block and strike starting in horse stance (Kee Ma Ja Seh), then in front stance (Chun Kul Ja Seh) and fighting stance (Hu Kul Ja Seh). This is a bit technical, but with proper muscle memory, power generation in the block is much easier. I would also like to spend some time on the looping drill (Won-Hyong Dae-Ryun).

Upcoming Events: Three opportunities are approaching in the near future:
6 Apr: The Region 4 Annual Gup Clinic follow link for details. Super affordable.
– 4 May: Karate Master’s Invitational Tournament in Spring, TX. No details yet. I will publish as they become available.
11 May: Soar TSD Belt Test – Fort Hood, TX. I will get the details together this week and provide the necessary information in next week’s post, although the written test will be administered on Thursday, 2 May during class. See the downloadable study guides for your test next to the belt color you are testing for.

Training Schedule, Mon & Thur

1800-1830: School age kids class (5-10 year old)
1830-1930: All Students ages 10 years to Adult

Attitude Requirements to Master Tang Soo Do (1 – 14)
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.


Meditation for the Week

Obedience-Graphic-REV-2.jpgObedience 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.

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Soar TSD Training 11/14 Mar

This Week’s Training

Best-Martial-Arts-for-Street-Fighting-810x549.jpgWhat a great week last week! We worked on and completed all requirements for the 11 May Belt test. By the time this comes around, all testers will be prepared. If you are desiring to test for the next rank, you will need to purchase a uniform as this is a formal occasion and I will likely invite WTSDA Region 4 representatives to validate. We will continue the same this week, but I hope to add a little of what I learned this weekend at the Black Belt clinic.

Training Schedule, Mon & Thurs.

1800-1830: School age kids class (5-10 year old)
1830-1930: All Students ages 10 years to Adult.

Attitude Requirements to Master Tang Soo Do (1 – 14)
1. Purpose of training should be the enhancement of mental and physical betterment.
2. Serious Approach.
3. All out effort.


Meditation for the Week

1663742.jpgLoyal 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. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. 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, 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. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. 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.

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Soar TSD Training 4/7 Mar

This Week’s Training

7535986_orig.jpgThis week I want to work on line drills moving up and down the floor demonstrating various techniques. The goal is the feel the weight and movement of your body creating the most power with the most efficient use of energy possible. I also want to add to our form set; we have been working on Sae Kye Hyung Il Bu. I would like to add Sae Kye Hyung E Bu – note the minor differences. I would also like to see every one demonstrate their first two one steps in Hands, Kicking, and Grabbing.

Training Schedule
1800-1830: Children’s Class (5-10 year old)
1830-1930: Adult and Adolescent Class (10 years to Adult)

Attitude Requirements to Master Tang Soo Do (1 – 14)
1. Purpose of training should be the enhancement of mental and physical betterment.
2. Serious Approach.


Meditation for the Week

Indomitable Spirit: Indomitable spirit is a hard tenet to grasp. From this tenet comes the strength to not just persevere, but to rise above one’s Self. American revolutionary Thomas Paine A_Black_Belt_grandedescribe the indomitable spirit as “the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress and grow brave by reflection. It is the business of littleminds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles to death.” Don’t Quit!  Press on to the greater goal. Run the race laid before you with honor. “Let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone [even the rude], and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” (Galatians 6:9–10)

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Soar TSD Training 25 Feb.

This Week’s Training

Related imageI will be TDY this Thursday, so we will cancel class for Thursday, 28 Feb.

We continue to focus on basics including stances, blocks, punches, and kicks. We will work a few drills that will teach us how to move through the stances as well.

Training Schedule
1800-1830: Children’s Class (5-10 year old)
1830-1930: Adult and Adolescent Class (10 years to Adult)

Attitude Requirements to Master Tang Soo Do (1 – 14)
1. Purpose of training should be the enhancement of mental and physical betterment.


Meditation for the Week

Image result for humilityHumility: Charles Spurgeon said, “Humility is to make a right estimate of one’s self. It is not humility for a man to think less of himself than he ought, though it might rather puzzle him to do that.” There is humility in recognizing the gifts and talents God has innately placed in you and developed in you. Humility is to use the gifts and talents God has given you in service to others and for the glory of God.

The psalmist wrote, “Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure. The LORD lifts up the humble; he casts the wicked to the ground” (Psalm 147:5-6). Jesus said in Matthew 20:28, “…the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” 

Go exercise the gifts and talents God gave you for the benefit of others and to bring glory to God in heaven. The Lord will lift you up.

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Soar TSD Training 18/21 Feb.

This Week’s Training

practical-hung-kyun-stance-training-02We continue to focus on basics including stances, blocks, punches, and kicks. We will work a few drills that will teach us how to move through the stances as well.

Training Schedule

1800-1830: Children’s Class (5-10 year old)
1830-1930: Adult and Adolescent Class (10 years to Adult)


Meditation for the Week

Self-Control – “A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls. (Proverbs 25:28)

Related imageGichin Funakoshi repeatedly pointed out that the first purpose in pursuing this art is the nurturing of a sublime spirit, a spirit of humility. Even the older practitioners placed stronger emphasis on the spiritual side of the art than on the techniques. It is said that in the training of body and spirit, and above all else, one should treat his opponent courteously and with the proper etiquette. It is not enough to fight with all one’s power; the real objective in [martial arts] is to do so for the sake of justice. The quality necessary to accomplish this is self-control. Funakoshi continues: “To become a victor, one must first overcome his own self.”

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Soar TSD Training 11 Feb

Because of the Valentines observance on 14 Feb (Thursday) will will only have class on Monday this week.
No class on Thursday.

This Week’s Training

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This week I want to continue to focus on foundational concepts including basic stances, blocks, punches, and kicks. We will also practice those basic stances, kick, punches and blocks. Plus…a surprise for the short week.

Training Schedule for Monday

1800-1830: Children’s Class (5-10 year old)
1830-1930: Adult and Adolescent Class (10 years to Adult)


Meditation for the Week

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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).

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Soar TSD Training, 4/7 Feb

This Week’s Training

10771472213_aaccd9b820_hWe are continuing to focus on foundational concepts
including basic stances, blocks, punches, kicks,
Hyungs (forms), Il Soo Sik (one-steps), and
Won-Hyong Dae-Ryun (circular sparing).

Training Schedule for Monday and Thursday

1800-1830: Children’s Class (5-10 year old)
1830-1930: Adult and Adolescent Class (10 years to Adult)


Meditation for the Week

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Respect* and Obedience – “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets” (Matthew 7:12). This verse is more widely known as the Golden Rule. Respect is a virtue celebrated in every culture; it is often placed alongside Honor. William Lyon Phelps illustrated  respect in this manner, “This is the final test of a gentleman; his respect for those who can be of no possible service to him.” Being a person of respect is your responsibility and not the responsibility of the person you are showing respect to.

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Soar TSD Training, 31 Jan

womansidekickWe have a truncated training schedule this week.
We will not have class on Monday (28 Jan) due to field/mission support for my battalion.
We will have class on Thursday as normal.

Our karate club is growing. Keep up the great work.
Practice and invite others you know.

This Week’s Training

Our focus is on foundational concepts including basic stances, blocks, punches, and kicks. I will look at applications of those techniques in the Hyungs (forms), Il Soo Sik (one-steps), and Won-Hyong Dae-Ryun (circular sparing).

Training Schedule

1800-1830: School age kids class (5-10 year old)
1830-1930: All Students ages 10 years to Adult.


Meditation for the Week

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Fall seven times, Get up eight.

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.”

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