|We lined up on time, bowed
in and began with patterns by count. Each rank doing a testing
pattern. Master Martin quizzed us on walking stance, and noted
that many had too wide of stance. A one shoulder width walking
stance allows for forward and rearward movement.
2nd gup red belts performed Hwa Rang.
1st gup red belts performed Choong-Moo—they were advised
to bring their knees up toward the chest when doing the 360 degree
jump spin block; move 19 and to practice spot training. Retract
the leg quick while executing the side piercing kicks. Master
Martin noted they had good power but to give attention to technical
part of each technique.
|II dan Eui-Am—Master
Martin noticed accuracy or not such good accuracy. The pattern
should begin and end on the same spot, be aware of where you start.
III dan Sam –Il—Rust was the word. Our lives change
and get hectic but it is important to train as much as you can.
Focus - believe in what you are doing. Don’t bring other
people into focus while you are performing patterns. He also noted
that Sam-Il has 33 moves not 34.
It seems we should come to black belt class prepared. Train, do
|IV dan Yon-Gae—good
power pattern and job. Work on the heights of the 180 degree back
kicks. The pattern names are up on the wall.
|VI dan Tong-Il—Looking
down the first few moves, good pattern.
|Did you ever wonder why senior
Instructors couldn’t remember every movement in all the
Other patterns practiced were Ul-Ji, Moon-Moo, Choi-Youg, and
Mr. Johnson reported with a short review of Master Hannon’s
Ho-Sin-Sul course 3 weeks earlier.
|To finish the class Master
Martin asked us to back up, then sat us down and talked to us.
He told us to take advantage of the good instructors and good
schools we have here. "Your patterns, work on them."
He said you have to train and keep doing it then you won't be
embarrassed in front of your Instructor or feel inadequate because...
TRAIN keep doing it. Candidates, be ready for spring black belt
test in Wyoming. He asked who went to the Ho-Sin-Sul course and
who was going to Grand Master Sereff's Championships. "The
same hands raised." he said. You’ve got to participate
it's the same people every time representing your school . He
thought the Wyo tournament went well and was well run but not
enough I, II, III dans competing. Seniors, he said, some have
given up. You need to work out with others in class watching.
Master Martin said "I believe in competition it keeps your
edge up it gets you pumped up. Get down here and work out. Attend
seminars. I know you have to choose but you need to choose a couple
each year. Master Martin said he was proud of us and wants to
see us doing the best we can. He seemed sad that we weren't. Do
better for yourself and the students you teach. There is a higher
level of proficiency you need to step up to, don't let your juniors
down. We then bowed out and were photographed.