I had thought to write about each of the 7 Tenets of Tang Soo Do one per week in order but Perseverance found it’s way to the top of the list this week all by itself. This is probably a lesson in itself in that the 7 Tenets are all equally important and the order they are listed in isn’t necessarily important.
Perseverance • 인내
: the quality that allows someone to continue trying to do something even though it is difficult
: continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition : the action or condition or an instance of persevering : steadfastness
W.C. Fields quipped, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There’s no point in being a damn fool about it.” Likewise, Albert Einstein wrote, “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”. So when is perseverance a good thing and not a sign of insanity? Continue reading Perserverance
Exercise on this day: Crunches: 14 · Leg-raises: 14 · Push-ups: 14 · Squats: 14
Today’s class focused a bit on the tempo and cadence in hyung. Some good discussion on which parts are expected to be done a specific way and which parts are open to individual interpretation. Interesting in part because I know that I often tend to want to do hyung at just a slightly slower cadence than the group when doing them together. We spent some time on doing hyung considering them as a series of fighting sequences and timing them accordingly. Continue reading Tempo, Ryu Pa, and Learning to Breath
Exercise on this day: Ahp Cha Gi: 32 Kicks (L&R) · Crunches: 30 · Hyung: Pyang Ahn Cho Dan, Chil Sung E Lo · Push-ups: 20 · Tollyo Cha Gi: 32 Kicks (L&R) · Yup Cha Gi: 32 Kicks (L&R) · Yup Hu Ri Gi Cha Gi: 32 Kicks (L&R)
Aside from working at home on my day off, as usual, I’m working in some basic kicking drills towards the 20,000 today to start the New Year. The plan was to do them first thing this morning but the hot tub was at 64° and in need of topping off before it would heat. Now that it’s back up to a cozy 104° it’s time to bring the burn!
Doing kicks “in the air” isn’t exactly making my knee happy. I should probably just start thinking about a good time for that replacement surgery my orthopedic surgeon threatened me with now. Hopefully it’ll be better kicking an actual target once the WaveMaster arrives to decorate my living room (or wherever it ends up until the spring thaw and training outdoors)…
Exercise on this day: Ahneso Phakuro Cha Gi: 32 Kicks (L&R) · Ahp Cha Gi: 32 Kicks (L&R) · Tollyo Cha Gi: 32 Kicks (L&R) · Yup Cha Gi: 32 Kicks (L&R)
“Victory is reserved for those willing to pay its price.”
— Sun Tzu
New Year’s is traditionally a time of making resolutions about the future — most of which are never achieved or even actively pursued. Making abstract resolutions is easy. Making them concrete realities is hard.
Just a quick note tonight. Updates
Went through basic hyung up through Pyang Ahn Cho Dan but mostly worked on Chil Sung E Lo with Mrs. Krantz. If I walk through it again tomorrow while it’s still fresh I might have it down.
It turns out another student shares my interest in both cycling and archery. We’ll have to get together over the summer.
Thoughts on Chil Sung E Lo (Seven Stars, 2nd Stage)
Exercise on this day: Hyung: Chil Sung E Lo · Sparring (Boxing Drills): Punching Combinations
At yesterday’s class, Mister Krantz introduced Sean’s 20,000 Challenge to the class and dedicated most of the class to kicking it off… *rimshot*
All told we practiced a total of about 3,300 kicks in about a half-hour. Not as bad I as I expected but I’m feeling it this morning! For this particular session, we worked 5 basic kicks doing 30 of each with each leg: Front, Side, Roundhouse, Axe, and Inside-Outside. (Front, Side, and roundhouse were further split in half from the front leg and half from the back leg.)
Most of the rest of class was devoted to advanced hyung but I did get in some more work on Chil Sung E Lo.
The Fitness Logger add-on appears to be working properly and I’m taking the liberty of including this class towards the 20,000.
Exercise on this day: Ahneso Phakuro Cha Gi: 30 Kicks (L&R) · Ahp Cha Gi: 30 Kicks (L&R) · Ceik Cha Gi: 30 Kicks (L&R) · Hyung: Chil Sung E Lo · Tollyo Cha Gi: 30 Kicks (L&R) · Yup Cha Gi: 30 Kicks (L&R)
Chalk one up to surviving another class. Last night we warmed up on basic hyung, followed by combos based on a variety of kicks, and then brought it all together with some round robin sparring. We cooled down with some breathing exercises which led naturally into finishing with Chil Sung E Lo. It’s only the second time I’ve gone through that one but I’m beginning to at least get the gist of it.
Exercise on this day: Combos · Hyung · Sparring
[re-posted from http://the20000.blogspot.com/p/the-20000-challenge.html]
“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.”
The 20,000 Challenge
This challenge was also inspired in part by the Ultimate Black Belt Test, who are doing amazing work for the world of Martial Arts as a whole. From them I got the idea of providing a ramp up to the level of physical fitness that is required for their test.
So what is the challenge?
Over the period of one year you are challenged to do 20,000 of four different exercises and at least four different kinds of kicks. Continue reading The 20,000 Challenge
Okay. So my new friend, Sean, from Litchfield Tang Soo Do came up with this challenge and I foolishly took him up on it. In addition to getting me back into shape faster, maybe it’ll help me tie together a couple of other projects — including doing something useful with this website.
Here’s the actual challenge: http://the20000.blogspot.com/