Training Focus 12/15 Nov – Forms


Our focus in training this week is Hyungs (Forms) both open hand and weapons. It’s in the hyungs that Concentration (Chung Shin Tong Il, our 2nd tenet) finds its most obvious depiction. It takes immense concentration and perseverance to develop the foundation that hyungs teach us: our balance points, our length & reach, the moving of our center of gravity. Everything we learn in Tang Soo Do is extrapolated from the hyungs.

Meditation for the Week

Respect and Obedience* – “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 is an act of faith; disobedience is the result of unbelief.” ~ Edwin Louis Cole, founder of the Christian Men’s Network.

Some Thoughts on Hyungs

Hyung means Form or Shape, so it is the pure form/shape of martial arts, but martial art styles are like water; they start like a river and end up like a tsunami. That’s why there are so many hyungs, like there are rivers. Water takes no damage and always runs it’s cdb7a14dcdd925ef050e7401fa69f73fcourse no matter the obstacles.

There is a very old belief that in order to achieve balance you have to be equally good in principle and in practice, usually this is explained with the example of a two-wheeled cart which should be self-explanatory.

Hyung in a way is knowing the martial art you dedicate yourself to; it’s a very practical way of studying a very abstract concept while doing it. It is also a way of learning strategy and tactics, so hyung is the martial art, the collection of hyung is the style of the martial arts. That is why it is so important.

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Training Focus (Soo-Ki, Hands)–Nov 5 & 8

Our training focus is on Soo-Ki (Hands) One-Steps this week. We will continue to build on our first form – Sae Kye Hyung Il Bu. The basics of the forms is just a “text book,” but it is our job and responsibility to interpret and apply the information within the text book.


Meditation for the Week

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 is the final test of a gentleman; his respect for those who can be of no possible service to him.” ~ William Lyon Phelps, American author, critic and scholar

Hydration for Athletes editorial staff | May 2017

Whether you’re a serious athlete or simply exercise for recreation, it’s important to stay hydrated. Good hydration means getting the right amount of water before, during, and after exercise. Water regulates your body temperature and lubricates your joints. It helps transport nutrients to give you energy and keep you healthy. If you’re not hydrated, your body can’t perform at its highest level. You may feel tired, have muscle cramps, dizziness, or other serious symptoms.


Path to improved health
A simple way to make sure you’re staying properly hydrated is to check your urine. If your urine is usually colorless or light yellow, you are most likely well hydrated. Dark yellow or amber-colored urine can be a sign of dehydration.

How much water should I drink while exercising?
There are no exact rules for how much water to drink while exercising, because everyone is different. You need to consider factors including your sweat rate, the heat and humidity in your environment, and how long and hard you are exercising.

The American Council on Exercise has suggested the following basic guidelines for drinking water before, during, and after exercise:

  • Drink 17 to 20 ounces of water 2 to 3 hours before you start exercising.
  • Drink 8 ounces of water 20 to 30 minutes before you start exercising or during your warm-up.
  • Drink 7 to 10 ounces of water every 10 to 20 minutes during exercise.
  • Drink 8 ounces of water no more than 30 minutes after you exercise.

Athletes may want to measure how much fluid they lose during exercise to get a more specific measurement of how much water to drink (16 to 24 ounces of water for every pound of body weight lost).

What about sports drinks?
For most people, water is all that is needed to stay hydrated. However, if you will be exercising at a high intensity for longer than an hour, a sports drink may be helpful. The calories, potassium, and other nutrients in sports drinks can provide energy and electrolytes to help you perform for a longer period of time.

Choose a sports drink wisely. They are often high in calories from added sugar and may contain high levels of sodium. Also, check the serving size. One bottle may contain several servings. If you drink the entire bottle, you may need to double or triple the amounts given on the nutrition facts label. Some sports drinks contain caffeine. If you consume a sports drink that contains caffeine, be careful not to add too much caffeine to your diet. Caffeine may cause a diuretic effect on your body. This means that you may have to urinate more often.

Things to consider
Dehydration happens when you lose more fluid than you drink. When your body doesn’t have enough water, it can’t work properly. Dehydration can range from mild to severe. Symptoms of dehydration can include the following:

  • dizziness or lightheaded feeling
  • nausea or vomiting
  • muscle cramps
  • dry mouth
  • lack of sweating
  • hard, fast heartbeat

Symptoms of severe dehydration can include mental confusion, weakness, and loss of consciousness. You should get emergency medical attention immediately if you have any of these symptoms.

What is heat illness?
Heat illness can occur when your body is dehydrated and can’t cool itself effectively during exercise in hot or humid weather. There are 3 stages of heat illness:

  1. Heat cramps
  2. Heat exhaustion
  3. Heatstroke

Symptoms of heat cramps include painful muscle spasms in the legs, stomach, arms, or back. Symptoms of heat exhaustion are more serious. They can include faint or weak feelings, nausea, headache, fast heartbeat, and low blood pressure.

The most serious heat-related illness is heatstroke. Symptoms can include high body temperature (higher than 104°F), fast heartbeat, flushed skin, fast breathing, and possibly even delirium, loss of consciousness, or seizures. You should get emergency medical attention immediately if you experience any of the symptoms of heatstroke. Untreated heatstroke can lead to death.

How much water is too much?
This depends on your body and the kind of activity you are doing. Talk to your family doctor if you have questions about the right amount of water to drink while exercising.

When to see a doctor
You should see a doctor immediately if you have symptoms of dehydration, heat exhaustion, or heatstroke. You should also see a doctor if you have symptoms of a rare condition called hyponatremia. These include confusion, headache, vomiting, and swelling of the hands and feet.

Questions for your doctor
How much water should I drink each day?
How much more water should I drink when I am exercising?
What is the best way for me to prevent dehydration?
Am I more at risk for becoming dehydrated?
Does altitude affect hydration?

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No TSD Class This Week

Unfortunatelno_classes_signy, I will need to cancel formal training this week (29 Oct and 1 Nov) due toTDY mission requirements.  I highly encourage you to practice what you have learned. Get your practice time in!

Next Week, we will return to a normal schedule. Please be patient with me as we get through these next few field exercises between now and Spring.

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Foot 발 Training 훈련(22 & 25 Oct)

10771472213_aaccd9b820_h.jpgOne of the distinctive features of Tang Soo Do in relation to the other Karate systems is the use of dynamic kicking techniques. Which is why we are working on foot techniques and training this weeks, and along with out kicking one-steps, I offer two additional challenges:

  1. Moving off-line (changing the angle) with a variety counter kicking techniques while still employing the modified middle knife hand guarding block we worked on last week.
  2. The six-directional kick which is a series of 6 consecutive kicking techniques used to train balance and loads while changing hip and foot position.

Meditation for the Week

Perseverance – “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9)

“… 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, as cited in Henri Nouwen and Soul Care by Wil Hernandez)

What is a Karate Gi?


Note: The author is writing about the martial arts uniform. In Japanese it’s called the Gi, and in Korean we call it the Dobok (도복). I find the what Sensei Harris is writing speaks to why I don’t like working out in just t-shirts.

What is it? Is it just a piece of clothing, just equipment or something more than that? Of course it is a great piece of equipment, made to let you move without restrains, made to keep you warm, but in the same time to let you sweat. It is the type of equipment that helps you perform your technics better, with more control, with more accuracy, a garment that sometimes also camouflages your body from straight punches and kicks, it has no buttons or zippers, and for sure, hides your bruises. And that’s it? Oh, no, this is just the beginning, although for many it ends here.

Your karate gi was initially a traditional working equipment used by Japanese farmers in the country side. It was used because it was comfortable. But, as you all know, in the Japanese culture nothing is what it appears to be and everything has more meanings. The belt is made to keep your kimono tight, but also, the knot has a energetic function, it applies pressure on your hara, where the Japanese believe our soul lives, where the Indians locate Svadisthana chakra, our sacred chakra where our life force resides. Even the way the belt is tight resembles the way the chakra rotates.

In the beginning, the gi was not white, it was more brown-grey. Now, being white, it remembers as all in a symbolic way, that we are all the same even though our belts have different colors (this was later introduced by Jigoro Kano, the founder ofJudo). White is the color of purity, innocence, light, goodness, heaven, safety, brilliance, illumination, understanding, cleanliness, faith, beginnings, spirituality, humility, sincerity and protection. It makes us all one.Later, Sosai added the Kyokushin kanji, which is not only decoration. It is a powerful symbol with amazing meanings which transforms our gi in a sacred garment. Our gi becomes a temple that we wear. It becomes a reminder of the way we are on. It makes us sit straight, it imposes a positive, spiritual attitude.

You cannot dance in your gi, you cannot behave like a punk, you must wear it with dignity and respect. It is disrespectful to wear it open, with your belt behind your neck, as we see so many times. The gi makes a big difference between martial arts, budo, and other sports. It is a reminder that we are on a spiritual way, not only on a physical one. This symbolic function should make us treat it with greater respect, and that’s why, sometimes I am sad to see that more and more people prefer technical clothes in training instead of the gi. We lose all what’s sacred and we become completely materialistic.

Wallmen Harris

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This week at Soar TSD

전사들 (jeonsadeul – warriors), it’s another great week for training at Soar Tang Soo Do.

Focus for the week: Jok Ki – We are examining kicking techniques and one-steps this week. The ambitious student should take a look at the videos for kicking-one-steps. Remember, there are three parts to every kick.

Meditation for the week: Concentration – “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” (Philippians 4:8)

One of the greatest challenges for Concentration is maintaining the proper perspective – placing value in what is truly important and eternal. We are all too easily distracted by the “little things” of life. Start each day thinking through what are the important items for the day that will draw you closer to God, teach you something, or allow you to demonstrate grace to someone else. “Think about these things.”

Your Attitude Determines Your Altitude – SOAR!
Tang Soo!

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Open to Soar (Teach, Mentor, Grow)

I am proud to announce the Grand Re-Opening of Soar Tang Soo Do on 11 Oct 18! Soar TSD is now operating out of Comanche Chapel on Fort Hood, TX (Google Plus Code: 45PG+FJ) as a sponsored Chapel Outreach Program. We will host classes twice a week on Mondays and Thursday from 17:45-19:15 (5:45-7:15).

41V9Qe-V-pL.jpgAlthough we will have copies of needed waivers for each participant, here is a link to download the waiver and save time by filling it out prior to arrival. You may also like to download our Dojang (club) standards.

All classes are Free of Charge and open to ages 11 year to Adult. A parent or guardian must remain in line of site of all dependent minors – So… you may as well participate as well. 😃 The only monetary charge you will face is if 2000px-A_no_money_handshake.svg_your choose to purchase a uniform(s) and test for rank. All charges are at a no-profit cost to Soar TSD. You are only paying for elective materials and administrative filing fees. If you choose to participate in regional events (I encourage you to do so), all fees are subject to the Regional Director and the sponsoring studio.

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Almost Ready! Tang Soo!

keep-calm-were-almost-ready.jpg.pngSOAR Tang Soo Do Club is almost ready to resume operations. In the last two months, I have been able to secure the Fort Hood Garrison Chaplain’s approval to run SOAR TSD as a chapel-sponsored outreach-program and secured a training space.  This allows adults and minors to participate in the same activity at the same time. SOAR TSD has also undergone the legal review process for Fort Hood and received a glowing review. The club received such a positive opine from the reviewing JAG officer that he even wants to try out a class. Lastly, in the past month, I have acquired an assistant instructor, Mr. Blanco, who would like to transfer into the WTSDA from a similar system of training. So a lot has taken place in the last two months.

Now, we are ready to present to the Garrison Commander for the final approval and start training Tang Soo Do on Fort Hood. I hope to present the program to the Garrison Commander sometime in the first week of October. I am praying that with his approval we will be able to conduct our first class in the second week of October.

For those who are a bit unfamiliar with SOAR Tang Soo Do and what drives this club, here is a short synopsis:

SOAR Tang Soo Do, a chaplain-led program, exists as a resiliency and spiritual fitness program.  SOAR Tang Soo Do (TSD) is a sanctioned World Tang Soo Do Association (WTSDA) martial arts club pMooyae-Dobo-Tongi.pngroviding a worldwide recognized curriculum and certification program.  SOAR TSD is a safe and controlled alternative to risky behavior while also providing life skills coaching, mentorship, discipline, and family resiliency.

The primary audience for SOAR TSD is service members and their adolescent dependents.  The goal is to provide a physical activity that both an adult and a dependent minor(s) can jointly participate in allowing families the opportunity to bond and grow through a unique physical activity experience.  The wider audience of SOAR TSD includes all service members, dependents eleven years and older, and authorized civilians.

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WTSDA Testing Committee Update

Originally published in the 2017 Fall WTSDA & WTSDF Newsletter

Many exciting updates to our Sah Dan and Master testing processes have been implemented. I want to remind everyone that testing is a privilege and not guaranteed to everyone. The association is looking for quali ed candidates, that means simply being Ko Dan Ja Belts.jpgactive in your home studio is not enough, minimum requirements are just that, minimum. In order to be considered for Sah Dan or higher rank, a record of service to your studio, region and association is required. Regular and consistent attendance at all events, participation in events, volunteering to accept additional responsibilities is expected. Also, let’s not forget a high level of technical skill and knowledge is required. Time in rank alone is not enough for consideration. Here are the updates as approved by the Board of Directors:

1) A Sah Dan candidate who operates a studio with a minimum of 25 association registered students can earn the title of “Master” after successfully completing the second year of testing and completing all requirements including the 20,000 word thesis as well as being up to date on all monies owed to the WTSDA and all testing fees paid in full.

2) Oh Dan candidates and higher have the ability to “pass” their test after 1 year. This possibility is for the exemplary candidates. All minimum requirements as well as physical requirements and fees and monies owed to WTSDA must be current. A high level of skill and performance is expected.

3) There is now a parallel track for rank. A Sah Dan can now be promoted to Oh or Yuk Dan without the title of Master. This is for the candidate that remains dedicated, loyal and active in all studio, regional and WTSDA functions but does not have the ability to open or run their own studio.

4) Yuk Dan and Chil Dan candidates are not required to write a 20,000 world thesis. A special assignment can be assigned by the Grandmaster.

Paul Mimidis, Yuk Dan
WTSDA Testing Committee Chair


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New T-Shirt Design

Hey folks! I’m looking for feedback on this t-shirt design. Thanks.


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Training for 31 Oct

No class tonight for Halloween. Go Eat Candy!

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