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August 7, 2016 Wyoming Black Belt Class
at Martin's Casper TaeKwon-Do

Instructor: Mr. Flynn

Senior Master Martin is out of town this week, and asked Rock Springs Taekwon-Do Head Instructor Mr. Flynn to teach class.
Mr. Flynn noted that all of us in Black Belt Class are involved in teaching at some level. We have all seen the student who does not work at home to improve Taekwon-Do. Often the excuse is that they don't have enough time, or not enough room to train at home. The fact is that Taekwon-Do training can be accomplished effectively in a very small space, and even 5 or 10 minutes at a time is enough to get repetitions with the goal of improving with each technique.

* Spot Exercise - step forward into walking stance, middle punch, return to parallel. Once with each leg, per count.
* Spot Exercise - step to the rear into walking stance, middle punch, return to parallel. Once with each leg, per count.
* Step with the left foot to B, forming a walking stance towards B, low block with the outer forearm. Step back to parallel stance.
* Step with the right foot to A, forming a walking stance towards A, low block with the outer forearm. Step back to parallel stance.
* Step with the left foot to B, forming a walking stance towards B, middle block with the innter forearm. Step back to parallel.
* Step with the right foot to A, forming a walking stance towards A, middle block with the innter forearm. Step back to parallel.

Click on any picture to see a larger image... thank you to Mr. Sisco for helping with notes at this class!
Spot exercises take very little room.
Slow motion kicks, then fast --- front snap kick, side piercing kick.

* From L-stance, slow motion middle side front snap kick to D. This targets the solar plexus. Then fast kick, making sure the foot goes straight in and straight out. The motion that would wipe the bottom of the foot on your partner's uniform is incorrect.
* From L-stance, slow motion middle side piercing kick. Think about the tool, and focus on your target. Then full speed.

* Outward vertical kick - slow motion. Focus on the tool and direction of delivery.
* Full speed consecutive kicking - front snap kick, side piercing kick, outward vertical kick.
* Repeat, and add 1-2 punch at the end of the kicks.

Outward vertical kick
Consecutive kicks,
Add one-two punch after the kicks

Make sure you are not just going through the motions of your techniques. Each time, make it the best you've got. Then on the next one, improve on that.
Consider the amount of work that we have done in a small amount of time, and a small amount of space.

We can't increase our own mass, but In an effort to increase mass to the technique, Mr. Flynn noted that we can implement the use of grasping techniques, to grasp and pull the opponent in, adding the opponent's mass to our own. Also we can grasp an object to aid in support and balance.

To define the height of a given technique - For instance, eye level is different if you are in a parallel stance than if you're in a walking stance, or low stance.
** The top of the tool needs to be at the appropriate level at the moment of impact. **
The encyclopedia is a good reference tool but an Instructor is needed for clarification.

The level of a given technique is defined as "The top of the tool at the appropriate level at the moment of impact". This will be a different level depending on what stance you are in.
TKD Encyclopedia is great but you still need your Instructor

Pattern Chon-Ji.
Pattern Won-Hyo.

There is much in the encyclopedia beyond what we are required to do for testings. The requirments in the syllabus book are the minimum for each rank. There are some cool techniques that we may never get to in class. The focus on mastering the minimum requirements often takes all the class time. This goes back to the student who doesn't practice at home, so that class time is consumed with working on techniques that have already been taught but need more practice.
Here are a few examples of techniques that are in the book, but are not required for testing - - -
Mr Flynn asked Miss Gandy to demonstrate square punching kick.
He asked Mr. McDill to demonstrate flying twin foot twist kick.
Then he asked Mr. McDill to demonstrate a spiral kick (flying side piercing kick - back piercing kick combination).

Group Pattern Won-Hyo
Square punching kick
Twin foot twist kick
Spiral kick

Pattern Hwa-Rang. We did this one three times, working to stay together. We did pretty well except for the kicks.

Group Pattern Hwa-Rang
Working to stay together. . .
. . . all the way . . .
. . . through the pattern

Group patterns by rank, starting with red belts performing Hwa-Rang.

Red Belts . . . Hwa-Rang

1st Dans . . . Gae-Baek

2nd Dan . . . Gae-Baek

3rd Dans . . . Choi-Yong

4th Dans . . . Ul-Ji

5th Dans . . . Se-Jong

6th and 7th Dans . . . Tong-Il

We partnered up for a 'stepping drill' to see who can step on the opponent's toes first, or most. Partners grasp each other's shoulders, then begin. Holding the shoulders allows the students to get a feel for the opponent's balance and movements.
Note - this is NOT a 'kick the shins' drill, or a 'stamp on your partner's foot' drill!
The point is to mix up the training, and do some fun stuff, especially with white belts.

Stepping drill - work on getting a feel for your partner's movements, then beat him to the step

Group Pattern Chon-Ji, with 5 people in a circle, facing outward. They did the pattern normally with every move in unison, then with every move staggered. That takes paying attention, and knowing where you are in the formation!

Chon-Ji as a team pattern...keep track of the others and stay together
Again, but with every move staggered, this takes concentration!

Upcoming events -
August 13 - Ho Sin Sul course at Headquarters with Senior Master Hannon.
August 13 - Cowboy State Games.
September 10 - Black Belt Test at Sereff Taekwon-Do, Senior Master Martin and Senior Master Weiss to be promoted to Grand Master. There is a sign-up sheet at Martin's Casper Taekwon-Do for the Korean BBQ following the promotion.
September 17 - Seventeenth annual Wyoming Invitational Tournament in Casper.
October 8 - Class "C" Instructor's Course in Washington state.
October 16 - Sereff Championships. All competitors required to wear headgear for sparring. There is team breaking at this tournament...contact your instructor if you're interested so that Wyoming can send a team!
October 29 - Wyoming Color Belt Test in Casper.
November 5 - USTF Utah State Championships.


August 7, 2016 Wyoming Black Belt Class

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