Soar TSD Training, Week of 20 Jan.

Number 14: To the pits.
This is a straight line

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. 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.

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.

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Training for Soar TSD, 13 Jan

Hey folks training hard. Working your Hands one-steps this week. Use the same principles of last week by “Crossing the T” and gaining the advantage of the angle.

I’m traveling the “country side” and not able to give a proper update. I continue to pray for you all and miss training with you. May God keep you and me as we move about and are separated.

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Soar TSD Training, Week of 6 Jan.

Jok Ki (Kicking Techniques) are the bread and butter of Korean Martial Arts. In the world of karate, Tang Soo Do’s differences are most apparent in kicking – dynamic, high, and arial. A flying side klick is on our association flag and seal! This week, I want you to concentrate on combination and consecutive kicking while “Crossing the T.” Combination kicking involves both legs while consecutive kicking is multiple kicks with the same leg. “Crossing the T” is nothing more than changing the angle of attack to gain the advantage of while placing your opponent at a disadvantage.

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

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 describe 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 little minds 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. 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.
Self-reflection is key in any endeavor. You must mark where you’ve been to mark where you’re going. Inspect, judge, test, and examine your past to adjust for who you want to be in the future.

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

8. “Cross the T” to escape.

“Crossing the T” is a nautical warfare term describing two ships that have become perpendicular allowing the broadside of one ship with its cannon battery to fire upon the unprotected bow or stern of the other vessel. This concept seamlessly translates to the Tang Soo Do practitioner adjusting and moving to a more advantageous and less defensible attack line. When forced to fight, the practitioner is constantly moving, striking, and moving again. Ideally, by the time an opponent reacts to a strike, the practitioner has moved and is striking again. Efficiency and practicality are key.

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Happy New Year

From the instructors to you, Happy New Year to Soar Tang Soo Do. 2019 was a monumental year for us. Mr. Calvert earned his 3rd Dan. Mrs. McConnell became an instructor, and very soon will be welcoming she and her husbands newest child into the world. Great students has participated in region events and tournaments. It been a wonderful year. I miss you guys greatly while I’m still here in Afghanistan. Time is moving quickly and Summer 21 will be here before we know.

Happy New Year and may God bless you in the coming year and redeem all regrets from the past. Give Thanks! Stay Humble! And, remember, Your Attitude Determines your Altitude! – SOAR!

Classes resume next week on 9 Jan at 1830 for out Little Dragons and 1900 for everyone else.

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Soar TSD Training, Week of 16 Dec.

Hyungs (forms) are the textbooks of the art of Tang Soo Do. Concentrate your efforts on learning the nuances, the balance points, the turns, the heights of the defenses and attacks, and where the proper places are to breathe within your hyungs. Remain aware of your stomach and control those muscles. Take it slow and deliberate; then build your speed. If the stance is a Hu Kul Jah Se, be sure the feet are facing the correct directions and your weight is settled in the back leg. If you are required to punch, be sure it’s at the correct height. Sang Dan Kong Kyuck is at the nose (Ko); Choong Dan Kong Kyuck is at the solar plexus (Myung Chi). Outside of class, complete each of your forms at least five times. Practice them slowly to understand where you generate power (Hint: it starts in your stances).

The Soar Weekly Challenge

Let’s keep it simple this week. 50 pushups and 10 minutes of planks every day.

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

Humility: 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.

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.
8. Do not be overly ambitious.
Push yourself to greater heights, but know when far enough is far enough. Listen to you body and rest when necessary. Set your goals and step to them bit by bit.

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

8. Deception is not real. 

Within the hyungs, and arguably within most other martial systems’ forms, deception is not a tactical principle encompassed in the strategy. The hyungs were developed for individuals to defend themselves when an assailant attacks. A practitioner should never depend on deception in the midst of real violence. The deception exists before the physical confrontation knowing the martial artist has the ability to incapacitate the opponent yet de-escalates the interaction to avoid the fight altogether. In other words, if you are not there, you cannot get hit. Violence never happens in a vacuum. Each combatant has had a role in the escalation to real violence. If the battle has become unavoidable, move to the next principle.

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Soar TSD Training, Week of 9 Dec.

I hope you all enjoyed your week off last week! It’s time to get back at. Class this week is 12 Dec, Thursday. We will only have class on Thursdays for the time being. TRAIN HARD on your own, and refine in class.

Tang Soo! How’s you training going? Families are always busy during the holiday season. You will have to be intentional about carving out time to train. Keep at it! Every path is finished one step at a time. 

Just like everything else we do, you need to move to the most advantageous position and/or angle. You need to know where you want to end the technique and what position you want you partner/opponent in. This gives you the advantage while placing the opponent at the disadvantage. Work your Ho Sin Sul techniques slowly in drill and then speed them up until you are able to simply respond to the grab or attack. 

The Soar Weekly Challenge

Let’s keep is simple this week. 50 Burpees and 50 Russian twists every day. 

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

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

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.
This falls in line with respect and obedience whether in the Dojang or outside of the Dojang. Many times, if we stop to listen, we usually learn something.

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

7. Techniques must work on an unwilling “partner.”

Although the hyungs anticipate a predictable and anatomically sound attack, as do the WTSDA one-steps, real violence is not choreographed and becomes unpredictable. The strategy of both opponents is to win, so it should not be surprising for both to become creative in application and “break” the rules of an orderly interpretation. A technique must work on the unwilling partner. To practice this, practitioners should drill the hyungs interpretation and application in a dynamic free-sparring environment where your partner is unaware of the sequence of defense. Each sparring partner is to enter the contest with three to four applications in mind and attempt to apply them at random and as the context of the match allows. This is how the Tang Soo Do student practices basic techniques regularly and constantly. 

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