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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Soar TSD Training 20/23 May

karate-fullHere we go again, my friends and training partners. I hope you are rested and well practiced from our break last week. It’s time to get back it. Our focus this week will be in forms and applications therefrom. We will practice all the Sae Kye Hyungs and Pyung Ahn Cho Dan; applications will come from Pyung Ahn Cho Dan.

UPDATE (21 May 19): 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.

NEW LOCATION: We will be meeting at our new location beginning this week. Same building as the Domino’s Pizza.
Advisor’s Den , 87030 Old Ironsides Ave, Bldg 87030 Fort Hood, TX 76544

Additionally, there are several of you who were not able to be present for the Belt Test that I will present you your promotion certificate and belt. Also, I will need to get several signatures from student and parents so I may submit forms to WTSDA headquarters.

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.

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 13/16 May

Image result for karate basicsBecause of a field exercise this week, we will not have have class this week (13/16 May). However, I want you all to continue to practice your basic kicks, punches, blocks, one-steps and forms this week. I will be adding to your knowledge next week. Pay close attention to attitude requirements numbers 9, 11, & 12. Our next class will be 20 May. 

Belt Test this Past Weekend

IMG_1003.jpegMaster Bailey said, “Your students were awesome and made you proud.”
He is not wrong. All those who tested this weekend made me extremely proud.
It was such a joy to “show you off” to other instructors who haven’t seen you before. Thank you for all your hard work. I have loaded the photos to Facebook.
If you have more photos/videos, I would love to have a copy of them.

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.

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, week of 6 May

This Week’s Training

v-step.jpgThe Belt Test is this week! – Saturday, 11 May. Written tests will be taken on Monday. We will focus on testing material first, and if time permits, we will continue some of the zoning exercises.

SOAR TSD Belt Test Information

– Soar TSD Belt Test – Fort Hood, TX Google Address Link
Adisor's Den Location.png. The test will be held at our new location in the 3SFAB Advisor’s Den at the corner of Warrior Way and Martin Dr. Be sure to wear your uniform with all your patches. The 11 May Belt Test will be our first event at this location. After the Belt Test, we will continue our normal schedule at this new location.
.  We will likely have guest visitors from Fire Dragon Karate (Cedar Park, TX). I extend an early welcome to Master Jimmy Bailey and our fellow Tang Soo Do practitioners.

11 May: Test Day Schedule
.  09:00-10:00
: Setup
.  10:15-10:15: Testers and Families Arrive
.  10:20-10:30: Announcements and Opening Ceremony
.  10:30-11:00: Little Dragons Test
.  11:00-11:15: Break
.  11:15-12:00: Youth and Adult Test
.  12:00-UTC: Reception

Testing Fee
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  Adult class (10 years to Adult): the testing fee is $25.00 due on Monday, 6 May, in cash, check, or debit card.

Reception
.  If parents would like to bring snacks and refreshments to share after the belt test, please let me know so that we may coordinate. I would like for someone to volunteer to take the lead on organizing the refreshments allowing me to concentrate on several other things. 🙂

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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.

Meditation for the Week

Respect* and Obedience – Jesus said, “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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May 2 Class Canceled

Sorry folks, but I not feeling great today. I will have to cancel tonight’s training.

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