Congratulations got to Brian Williams, Cori Williams and Randall Sullivan for their exellent display of skills at Thompson's Martial Arts Tournament held on August 1st 2009 in Phoenix, AZ.
In order to be effective with your techniques, you must first master the basics. These basic actions are the foundations of all techniques you will learn in the future. No matter what rank you achieve in Tang Soo Do, it is important to constantly practice the basics.
Tang Soo Do kicking techniques are widely recognized as some of the most dynamic and effective in all of the martial arts. This is due to method of kicking used and the conditioning the leg muscles received from training. As with all techniques, stance and distribution of weight are vitally important, as they’re directly related to balance.
Balance is especially important when executing techniques, which require leaning or spinning. We quickly learn that balance can be improved by controlling unnecessary movement of the body when executing techniques. The hands should be above the waist and held close to the body. The upper body should remain upright as much as possible so that the weight is centered over the supporting leg.
Ahp Cha Gi [Front Snap Kick] – From the front stance position, raise the knee above the waist while tucking the kicking foot close to the supporting leg. The toes of the kicking foot are pulled back, exposing the ball. Thrust the hips forward and snap the foot toward the target, using the snapping action of the knee. The ball of the foot is the contact point.
In Tang Soo Do, the hands are utilized for offensive and defensive techniques. Through conditioned practice, effective blocking and counterattack combinations are developed. We must make a conscientious effort to practice all techniques properly and continuously.
Jung Kwon [Forefist] – The fist two knuckles is the only part of the fist that comes in contact with the target. With the hand open and the thumb extended, bring the fingers together. Begin by rolling the fingers, so that the tips of the fingers rest on the top of the palm. Continue rolling the fingers all the way, closing the hand. When the fingers are curled into the palm of the hand as compactly as possible, you should not be able to easily see your fingernails.
Finally, roll the thumb down and across the index and middle fingers, pressing in tightly for a secure and solid fist.
Important! When training, be sure to punch correctly. Without a strong fist, injury can occur to the fingers, hands or wrist.
THINGS TO REMEMBER:
The techniques and forms found in Tang Soo Do are designed to improve the student’s ability to defend themselves. The more a student practices outside of class, the sooner their techniques improve and the better able they will be to defend themselves, should the need arise.
Practice also magnifies the other benefits of training such as improved fitness, flexibility, concentration and discipline. For these reasons, natural athletic ability is not a substitute for diligent practice, especially as a student progresses into higher ranks. Ultimately, a student’s training is their own responsibility and their dedication will determine the speed and level of their progress. Like any other worthwhile endeavor, the more a student puts into their Tang Soo Do training, the more they will get out of it.
Much like training at any activity, it will take some commitment on your behalf to reach your goals. I ask students to evaluate their goals and expectations. If students/parents target normal advancement, students will be expected to train on their days away from the dojang by stretching and reviewing their material.
“Just as it is the clear mirror that reflects without distortion, or the quiet valley that echoes a sound, so must one who would study Martial Arts purge himself of selfish and evil thoughts, for only with a clear mind and conscience can he understand that which he receives.” - Master Gichin Funakoshi
A Native American Indian shaman once explained to me that the original peoples of the world each had gifts of contact with the four aspects of life.
He said that the Medicine Wheel's four quadrants represented this. The southern people had the gift of great awareness of the "emotional world," the western/northern people were "forever curious" of all things, the Indian tribes gift was awareness of "harmony with the natural world," and the Eastern people's gift was . . . a great awareness of the "internal world."
The shaman explained that when all the world's people recognize the gifts the others offer with the same respect as their own gifts . . . the world will find balance.
Attendance Policy Reminder:
Students are expected to attend all scheduled classes and contact Mr. Amill if they will miss class or be late. The purpose is the concern for the student to make sure we know how they are doing. Secondly, the student will learn to be accountable for their commitments. Students (not parents) will be expected to make the contact. However, this does not mean the parents and instructors should not maintain open discussions on the progress or attendance of the students.
Equipment and Weapons
Safety is extremely important. Safety equipment is important to prevent injuries while training and is a requirement for all competitive sparring. By the time a student achieves their Orange Belt, they must own a complete set of sparring equipment. The set should include protective headgear, hand gear, footgear, and mouth guard. Boys are required to wear a protective cup and girls are encouraged.
When a student becomes an Orange Belt, they will begin getting familiar with a Bong (a rounded staff), which they should bring to every class. This weapon was developed from everyday living tools such as early farming or hunting implements.
*Parents, please get with me about purchasing gear for your child. I will be taking orders for sparring gear in the next couple of days.
Team Choson’s Motto
Tang Soo Do is a way of life. It provides a way of thinking and acting which will guide you and teach you in all areas of your life, so that you will be happier, healthier and wiser. Our team motto will be a reminder of our commitment to grow Physically, Mentally and Spiritually.
Team Choson’s Motto is: I Live for this!