Master Martin opened class, and
began by handing out certificates and badges to the new USTF Referees.
Wyoming has two new Class A Referees - Ms. Christina Schulte and Mrs.
Christina Rosenof. Congratulations! Also certifying at the recent
Referee course in Broomfield were several Class C's. Great job, everyone!
Mr. Nelson led warm-ups, and
we were all ready to go...
We started out working on hand
techniques down the floor, progressed to kicks in place, and then
kicking down the floor.
As we worked on L-stance stepping
into combination blocks, many had trouble maintaining proper width
on the stance going from block to block. The stances seemed to gradually
get wider up til the last low block. Master Martin asked several people
to give the characteristics of a particular stance. All those called
upon had correct information - length, width, measured from, weight
distribution, etc...way to go; everyone knew their stuff!
Working on kicking combinations:
Up the floor, then back, PLUS skip side front kick to D, skip side
piercing kick to C working on change of direction as part of the combination.
We went on to inward and outward vertical combinations, and reverse
hook in combination with other kicks. Also we got to go over some
less often used/practiced kicks: stamping kick, back snap kick in
The whole class did several color
belt patterns together. Change of direction - whoa, that threw a few
of us for a loop. Master Martin noted that it's good to have our students
do their patterns from different starting positions (facing A or B
for instance, or even at an angle in the gym) so they will be comfortable
performing from any direction.
Then each rank worked on one of
their patterns by count. After that, starting with the Red Belts,
each group by rank performed their pattern for the class. Every rank
from 2nd Gup to VI Dan was represented, with patterns Hwa-Rang, Choong-Moo,
Kwang-Gae, Choong-Jang, Choi-Yong, Moon-Moo, So-San, and Tong-Il.
Wow! Master Martin gave each a comment or two about what looked good,
and something to work on as well.
Martin's promotion next month will be accompanied by a Black Belt
Class at Martin's Casper Taekwon-Do. Class will be on Saturday, April
4th, and will begin at 10:30. This was Master Martin's wish to train
with everyone as part of his Big Day. What a treat for the rest of
will be a very special day and a very special class...don't miss it!