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November 3, 2013 Wyoming Black Belt Class
at Master Martin's

Instructor: Senior Master Martin

No heat today - we are expected to work and train hard enought to raise the temperature that way!
* Light bounces on the toes, jumping jacks, and some stretching. And the alphabet, capital letters traced in the air with both feet, while on our backs.
* Step side rising kick, set down, front leg double side piercing kick. Up one side then down the other.
* Step outward downward kick, middle block, side piercing combination kicks. For the lift on downward kick the abs stay flat. Once developed there should be a muscle bulge just below the hip in the front, where the leg and the body come together. Leg or ankle weights can be worn, then perform kicks in slow motion to develop muscles. If you begin kicking with speed and power while wearing the ankle weights you will likely begin to damage the joints and ligaments. When weights are removed you will feel light and fast! This does not make you bullet-proof.
*For outward downward with an opponent, the knee lifts in line with the opponent's guarding block to hide the beginning of the technique - he can't see it there. The kicking knee to upper thigh should brush or contact the opponent's forearm. That's how close you need to be. Then the leg extends up over the obstacle and crashes down on the opponent.

Train as if you always have an opponent and train your mind to react to that opponent and not just open space.

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Side rising kicks
Outward downward kick comes up under the opponent's block to disguise it.

* Step inward downward kick, inward downward kick, combination kicking. Inward downward works best when "chasing" the opponent and in combination with other techniques. Breathe - do not hold your breath while you are lifting, breathe in and out with the execution of the kicks.

Inward downward kick, while chasing the opponent, using in combination w/ other techniques, brings you in close enough to make it effective, and also disguises the kick.

* High twisting kick while facing your opponent, both in L-stance - back leg kicks to the side of the jaw. There is a "knock-out" point there and also at the base/side of the skull in back. Whether you are in the same stance or opposite stance to your opponent, one of those points will be available to this kick.
The question was asked - Does the supporting heel stay on the ground? To promote flexiblilty the heel comes up. To promote power the heel must be on the floor at the time of contact

High twist kick, facing the opponent. Target is "knockout point" on the jaw.
High twist kick

* Stepping outward vertical kick. Contact is on C-D line. When kicking in the air the kicking leg/foot goes through C-D line. Senior Master Martin has us visualizing an opponent, and instructs us to deliver the kick on C-D line and retract back on the same line as delivery. If you hit your opponent your foot could not go past that point.

Outward vertical kick
Visualize the opponent, kick to the target on C-D line.

* Inward pressing kick - a signature kick for Senior Master Martin. The hip set-up depends on the movement of your opponent. The supporting foot turns out. The foot sword is the tool. Your body comes up with the lift and drops with the kick.

Inward pressing kick
Tool is the footsword
Delivered in a downward motion
Can target this kick at waist level

The body can take a blow in an upward motion better than a downward blow which trashes the body.

Patterns, thinking of cadence, the time between techniques . . .
Keep the theory of power in mind. Once the movement starts it accelerates to the end.

Hwa-Rang - Senior Master Martin watched the pattern, then indicated where the group lost "togetherness". It seemed to happen mostly during kicks and jumping techniques. Repeat Hwa-Rang. We did better the second time.

Choong-Moo. Repeat.

Kwang-Gae. Repeat.



If or when you learn something new or a better way or proper way of executing a technique you must practice it in ALL patterns to perfect it. Otherwise you are likely to still do it wrong in the lower patterns.

Ranks divided for patterns work - 1st and 2nd Gups on their own. Master Johnson took I Dans to work on Kwang-Gae, Mr. Giese took II Dans and worked on Eu-Am, Mr. Sisco took III Dans, and Senior Master Martin worked with the IV Dans on their patterns.

Mat Chat: Senior Master Martin stressed how important it is that we all get together and train here every month. It keeps us together and on the same page with our techniques, and helps maintain cameraderie within our TaeKwon-Do community.
Next testing is January 25 in Casper. It will be a combined Black Belt and Color Belt Test.
Next Black Belt Class is December 1.

November 3, 2013 Wyoming Black Belt Class

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