Soar TSD Training 15/18 July

karate-fullThis week’s training gets us back on track. We will place our training focus on Ho Sin Sul (locking and grabbing) while not neglecting our basics. White and Orange belts need to be practicing all your forms through Pyung Ahn Cho Dan. Green Belts and up begin learning Pyung Ahn E Dan and Pyung Ahn Sam Dan. I plan to cover these in class along with our Ho Sin Sul.

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

warrior-of-God-Philippians-4-vers-131.jpgNo Retreat in Battle – While the immediate meaning is likely clear, the word “battle” is  significantly more. Primarily, “battle” refers to self-defense or non-consensual conflict. This may be a verbal or a physical altercation. Either way, we are to train in such a way that we do not retreat and have no need to retreat. That means studying and training for all possible circumstance to the best of our ability. When done so properly, out fifth code comes in to play: “In fighting choose with sense and honor” – more on that next week. In a more metaphorical sense, we are talking about determination, perseverance, duty, and courage. We all have our personal battles to fight in our jobs, in our relationships, and even in our character. We are challenged not to retreat from these personal battles, not to ignore the difficult, to keep pushing forward to attain our goals, and to become the people we were designed to be.
.  James, in his New Testament letter to the church, addresses this very principle in dealing with our spiritual growth and our exposure to the Gospel. In chapter one verses 23–25, James writes, “For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But 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.”
.  The one who heared and walked away is the one who retreated when faced with the glory of Christ in the Gospel. The one who is honorable, who courageously perseveres is the one who recognizes his/her deficiencies, and seeks to conform the image of the Son of God. This is part of the application to which Paul referred to when he said we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13).

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Soar TSD Training 11 July

This week’s training will only be on Thursday, 11 July. I will be out of town celebrating my 20th anniversary with my wife and our assistant instructor has an appointment out of town. You all have been doing so well, and I am extremely grateful for your dedication and the opportunity to share this martial art with you. Keep practicing. The next belt test is at the end of September.

Meditation for the Week

friends.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.

LSlogo2019 Lone Star Showdown

Sat Aug 3, 2019, 9:00am–4:30pm
Summit Christian Academy,
2121 Cypress Creek Road, Cedar Park, TX 78613

For Tang Soo Do, we wear Head, hands, and feet foam padding with a mouth guard and athletic cup. Link to Official WTSDA Tournament Rules.

This is an opportunity to participate in an Tournament hosted by Fire Dragon Karate. I highly encourage you to consider participating. This one on the most affordable tournaments I have ever seen. For information and registration follow this link. Only $55. Registration closes 20 July. 

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Reminder

No class this week.

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Soar TSD Training CANCELLED this week

We will not have training this week. Happy Independence Day!

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.

LSlogo2019 Lone Star Showdown

Sat Aug 3, 2019, 9:00am–4:30pm
Summit Christian Academy,
2121 Cypress Creek Road, Cedar Park, TX 78613

For Tang Soo Do, we wear Head, hands, and feet foam padding with a mouth guard and athletic cup. Link to Official WTSDA Tournament Rules.

This is an opportunity to participate in an Tournament hosted by Fire Dragon Karate. I highly encourage you to consider participating. This one on the most affordable tournaments I have ever seen. For information and registration follow this link. Only $55. Registration closes 20 July. 

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Soar TSD Training 24/27 June

Tournament Training

Screen Shot 2017-11-15 at 05.20.15This week we continue work on tournament training. Bring your sparring gear. I have only a limited amount to lend. For Tang Soo Do, we wear Head, hands, and feet foam padding with a mouth guard and athletic cup. I will hand out basic protocol and introduction sheets for presenting yourself at the tournament. Link to Official WTSDA Tournament Rules =>=>=>.

LSlogo2019 Lone Star Showdown

Sat Aug 3, 2019, 9:00am – 4:30pm
Summit Christian Academy,
2121 Cypress Creek Road, Cedar Park, TX 78613

Here is an opportunity to participate in an Open Tournament hosted by Fire Dragon Karate. I highly encourage you to consider participating. This one on the most affordable tournaments I have ever seen. For information and registration follow this link. Still only $45 until 29 June.

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 17/20 June

Tournament Training

This week we will work on tournament training. If you have sparring gear, this is the week to bring it. For Tang Soo Do, we wear Head, hands, and feet foam padding with a mouth guard and athletic cup. Bring your bo staffs (or another weapon form to demonstrate). I will hand out basic protocol and introduction sheets for presenting yourself at the tournament.

LSlogo.jpg2019 Lone Star Showdown

Sat Aug 3, 2019 9am Doors Open
Summit Christian Academy, 2121 Cypress Creek Road, Cedar Park, TX 78613

Here is an opportunity to participate in an Open Tournament hosted by Fire Dragon Karate. I highly encourage you to consider participating. This one on the most affordable tournaments I have ever seen. For information and registration follow this link.

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 10/13 June

martial-artsTraining

Kicking, Kicking One-Steps (Il Soo Sik Jok Ki), and Partner Sparring Focus Drill (Won-Hyong Dae-Ryun) is our training topic this week.  I know summer is a busy time, still I have missed seeing those of you who have been gone a while.

LSlogo.jpg2019 Lone Star Showdown
Sat Aug 3, 2019 9am Doors Open
Summit Christian Academy, 2121 Cypress Creek Road, Cedar Park, TX 78613

Here is an opportunity to participate in an Open Tournament hosted by Fire Dragon Karate. I highly encourage you to consider participating. This one on the most affordable tournaments I have ever seen. For information and registration follow this link.

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)

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

1. Purpose of training should be the enhancement of mental and physical betterment.
image0012. 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.
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.

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Soar TSD Training 3/6 June

selvforsvar-ho-sin-sul_designThis week due to Vacation Bible School being host at Comanche Chapel, we will meet in Room 107 on Monday and Thursday. We will have signs directing you past our normal room.

Grabbing One-Steps (Ho Sin Sul) is our concentration this week. All the new orange belts will get to learn two new one steps: numbers 5 and 6.

LSlogo.jpg2019 Lone Star Showdown
Sat Aug 3, 2019 9am Doors Open
Summit Christian Academy, 2121 Cypress Creek Road, Cedar Park, TX 78613

Here is an opportunity to participate in an Open Tournament hosted by Fire Dragon Karate. I highly encourage you to consider participating. This one on the most affordable tournaments I have ever seen. For information and registration follow this link.

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

1. Purpose of training should be the enhancement of mental and physical betterment.
image0012. 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.
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.

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 27/30 May

With the most pressing information first, we have returned to Comanche Chapel for all training. The Advisor’s Den will not be able to support our program due to brigade mission requirements for that building.

You all did great work on forms (Hyungs) last week. This week, I plan to focus Hands One-Sterps (Il Soo Sik Soo Ki). All the new orange belts will get to learn two new one steps: numbers 5 and 6.

LSlogo.jpg2019 Lone Star Showdown
Sat Aug 3, 2019 9am Doors Open
Summit Christian Academy, 2121 Cypress Creek Road, Cedar Park, TX 78613

Here is an opportunity to participate in an Open Tournament hosted by Fir Dragon Karate. I highly encourage you to consider participating. This one on the most affordable tournaments I have ever seen. For information and registration follow this link.

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

1. Purpose of training should be the enhancement of mental and physical betterment.
image0012. 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.
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.

Meditation for the Week

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

c700x420.jpgGichin 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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Update to Training Location

UPDATE: We are returning to Comanche Chapel for all future training. The Advisor’s Den will not be able to support our program due to mission requirements.

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