One of the common events at Martial Arts school's is to promote the student through the Color Belts by the use of Promotion Tests. On the surface the Promotion Test appears to be similar to a recital or a graduation ceremony, where friends and family gather to celebrate the achievement of the student. Well, … Continue reading … Is this a Test????…..
Month: April 2017
Last week in class one student asked me for a "cheat sheet" of all the terms that they need to know for testing. I suggested that they listen instead of read and memorize. The class IS the 'cheat sheet'. Later I decided to compromise. I realize that for a new student, the Dojang … Continue reading Basic Terminology and Class Conduct
The Tenets of Tae Kwon Do are usually found hung somewhere in the Dojang of every school. They are five simple words/phrases that are required to be memorized by all students as early as yellow belt. But are they really just five simple phrases? No.... Courtesy: What really is courtesy? Courtesy is pausing..... … Continue reading The Tenets of Tae Kwon Do… (more than words)
Most Martial Arts Styles use belt colors as an indication of level of training in the art. Therefore, there are probably as many sets of meaning behind the color of the belts as there are martial arts. In my kwan (or school) in Tae Kwon Do there is a short story that spans … Continue reading The Story of the Belts…
Uniforms are common issue in most martial arts. In Tae Kwon Do they are called 'dobok', in Karate, they are called 'gi'. The tradition of uniforms goes back as far as the style itself. Uniforms offer a variety of benefit to the student training. The uniform does exactly what its name suggests. It enables 'uniformity' … Continue reading Why Uniforms?
THE MYSTERY: Meditation was always a mystery to me, (and in many ways still is). We may have done a few seconds of meditation before and/or after class which is just enough to make me curious. I have asked my instructor about the secrets of meditation and his consistent response was always "Just do … Continue reading Meditation 101
What did the "Warriors" of yester-year look like? Dressed in armor? Wielding swords? Braveheart comes immediately to mind or the stealthy grand masters of the marital arts movies. They are ready to battle the 'bad guys' of their day and conquer evil. Today's "Warriors" and "bad guys" are just as prominent and may … Continue reading Modern Warriors