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April 2, 2017 Wyoming Black Belt Class
at Martin's Casper TaeKwon-Do

Instructor: Grand Master Stan Martin

A quick warm up and we were off punching and kicking Yeah!
*L stance > 1-2 punch. Turn the hips to execute the (2) punch, becoming full facing and the back heel off  the ground at the time the 2nd punch is delivered.
*L stance > Side front snap kick, 1-2 punch.
*L stance > High kick, L stance guarding block with the outer forearm.
*L stance > Reverse punch, side piercing kick with the front leg.
*L stance > Side turning kick, outward strike with the knife hand.
*L stance > Low twisting kick, middle twisting kick, high side strike with the back fist.
*L stance > Back piercing kick, rear foot stance guarding block with the outer forearm. Balance recovery at the turn before the kick and balance recovery again before the block.
*L stance > Step hook kick, guarding block. Step up to the side back of the front foot.
*L stance > turning hook kick. The back heel is the tool and should cross over the C-D line.
*L stance > Every other column a step forward for space. Reverse hook kick, use back heel as tool and keep the hands up.
*Walking stance > thrust with the straight finger tip, high reverse thrust with the flat finger tip, consecutive techniques, maintaining walking stance. In pattern Kwang-Gae the thrust with the flat finger tip is in a low stance and is used to attack from underneath.
*Walking stance > Obverse punch, reverse punch, consecutive maintaining walking stance. Use sine wave.
*L stance  > Lead leg outward downward kick. Target is the clavicle or the bridge of the nose. Step to side back of the front foot and lift the knee outside of the opponents guard.
*L stance > As the opponent moves away from your attack, use back leg inward downward kick.
*L stance > Middle reverse turning kick to the C-D line, guarding block. This is a straight leg kick, use the back heel as the tool. Use ball of the foot as secondary tool for additional reach.
*L stance > Stamping kick to D,back snap kick to D using the same foot, turn to L stance.
Grand Master Martin demonstrated the application of this technique, stamping on the front foot of opponent then back snap kick to scrotum. Repeat the techniques using the palm as a target for the back snap kick.
*L stance > Back snap kick targeting the palm of the same side hand to aid in how to perform the kick.
*Walking stance > Middle hooking block with the palm. Used to then grab and manipulate your opponent.
*Speeds > Regular motion, fast motion, continuous motion, connecting motion, also slow motion.
*Walking stance > hooking block with the palm, reverse hooking block with the palm—obverse punch in a connection motion as in Yul-Gok.
*Walking stance > High vertical punch with the twin fist, step forward  upset punch with the twin fist two targets. Forearms are not flat, back knuckles are on the same level as the under forearm to allow the fore-fist as the tool.
Grand Master Martin referred to a time General Choi was teaching low block...turn the hips in the direction of the technique beginning with the larger muscle group of the abdominals and coordinating with the smaller faster muscles of the legs and arms. The General would say “Hands, eyes, feet, breath, one!” This is a training secret of Taekwon-Do.
Breath through the technique to be loose, loose, loose and tense at the moment of impact and instantly loose again. Tense neck muscles and tendons not a good sign. A good way to get knocked out. If you hold your breath back you create tension in the upper body, one must be relaxed to create the speed desired for power. The cross for low block should be at the side front, forearms back to back, blocking across the body to finish with the side fist over the inside of the front knee. Elbow bent, outer forearm is the tool used to protect low side abdomen. As we practice, Grand Master Martin does not see enough movement of the belts indicating not enough turning of the hips. A bit more reminding and technique improved.
*Six factors in the theory of power necessary to train the way the General taught. Reaction force, Concentration, Breath control, Equilibrium, Speed, Mass. There is much discussion on breath control. Exhale completely, GMM Exhales sharply, GMW holds breath through the techniques then exhales. Modify to execute fully the six factors in the theory of power.
Grand Master Martin demonstrated a dallyon training exercise and reminded  us that a blocking tool can be turned into an attacking tool. No one doubted that there is power in that!
*Patterns by rank
*2nd and 1st gup > 4-direction thrust. Thrusting with the side elbow that shoulder is 1 inch lower.
*Hwa-Rang > Check feet in L stance both should be turned inward 15 degrees
*1st gup > Choong-Moo
*I dan > Kwang-Gae. Answer;Ready posture Heaven Hands in open parallel ready stance. Side block with double forearm used for more substance or mass to block a heavier target,. Then low reverse block, turning to reverse half facing keeping the forward forearm in the same position relevant to the body. High thrust with the flat finger tip executed from a low stance to come from under.
*Po-Eun. Movements 6 through 12 are continuous. The cadence between them is also continuous, don't speed up through the movements.
*II dan missing
*III dan > Sam-Il Answer; 33 moves stand for the patriots who planned the Korean independence movement which began March 1, 1919. It is our responsibility to know the number of movements, the pattern diagram and the pattern history or information for each of the patterns we know.
*IV dan > Yon-Gae. Grand Master demonstrated mid-air outward strike against Mr Peterson (very tall person). Application of waist block also demonstrated.

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I Dans --- Po-Eun
III Dans --- Sam Il
IV Dans --- Yon-Gae

*V dan > Se-Jong. Answer; 24 movements refer to 24 characters of the Korean alphabet, the diagram represents symbol for King.
*V dan > So-San
*VI dan > Tong-Il.

Demonstration of waist block
V Dans --- So-San
VI Dans --- Tong-Il

VII and IX Dans - Tong-Il

It is quite a treat to do patterns with your Instructor!

Grand Master Martin shared with us what Sr Grand Master Sereff had told us at His last class in 2016. Per Sr Grand Master Sereff: movement #1. The General told me this means one country. Movement #2. The General told me this means two countries divided. Movement #3. the General told me this means sudden attack. The General never saw his homeland reunited as he hoped for. He even replaced pattern Ko-Dang with pattern Juche as a effort to encourage unity of North and South Korea. When the General came to the US in 2002 to teach what was to be his last course, he came, saying to Sr. Grand Master Sereff, “My eldest son needed me”. Knowing he had taught much about technique and realized the need to teach Moral Culture. He left  us with at least a book of Moral culture.
There is much history lost when our founders and seniors pass, it is important  for us to share stories about where we come from and our experiences as we train and progress in Taekwon-Do so people remember how we got here and how we started.
Grand Master Martin has held every office and position in USTF Taekwon-Do. USTF School plaque #2 . ITF plaque #46
When you practice patterns you must train with realism. If you train slacking in effort and technique you won't be able to defend yourself for real!
*L stance > Consecutive kicking, Side front snap kick to D, A, C, B or was it D, B, C, A step forward.
Additional directions E, F, G, H were identified. The angles as in AD or BD etc. include all points between the two directions not just a 45 degree angle. Consecutive kicking is 2 or more kicks in different directions or different kicks in the same direction.
The hip is like a ball and moves in a circular motion so when you are kicking you first lift then extend and retract. Use your thoughts to bring this idea into action. The standing leg remains slightly bent to aid in balance. Lean only enough for counter balance when your leg is extends to kick.
*L stance > Side piercing kick to D, B, C, A.
*L stance > Side turning kick to D, B, C, A.
Practice kicking multiple targets in a continuous and fluid motion. Execute techniques allowing to body to flow from one move to the next.
*short stepping > move down the floor with out pivoting taking short steps while turning back and forth and circular in random flowing from one step to the next. Practice techniques in a continuous motion to understand logical movement, do not give your opponent time to reset. To always move the way the body flows may put you in danger if your opponent is reading you. It takes time to change the direction of movement to something illogical but can be unexpected by opponent and take them by surprise. Read your opponent while you move and “become an expert on beating reaction time”
*L stance >  One row at a time, skip side front snap kick. The kicking foot hits the target at the same time as the supporting foot hits the floor. The correct timing of this aids in the power of the kick by giving support.
It was our pleasure to welcome our brothers from Utah who came to train with us!
We also welcomed Kevin Parish III dan from Torrington who came to visit. Mr Parish is looking for an organization to join in an effort to offer his students credibility in Taekwon-Do

Skip side front snap kick
Mr. Parish
Our Wyoming Black Belt Classes are intended to keep us unified
Our Wyoming leader is
Grand Master Martin

*Coming attractions:
 April 15   Wyoming smoker @ National Guard Armory, Casper 10 am – 3 pm
April 22   Axe Taekwon-Do tournament Bellview, Nebraska
April 29   Wyoming color belt test, Rock Springs, 10:30 am, Wyoming Black Belt class to follow
May 20   Utah Chang Hun Taekwon-Do Alliance, Utah Cup, Sandy, Utah
June 23, 24, 25   USTF National / International tournament, Broomfield, Colorado
July 22   USTF Technical Course, Thorton, Colorado
August 19   USTF weapons defense course, Broomfield, Colorado. Tentative
August 26   Kirksville Taekwon-Do tournament, Kirksville, Missouri 
September 16   Wyoming  18th annual invitational tournament, Casper, Wyoming. Every Wyoming student should attend this tournament!
*Instructors; If even or only one student comes to your class, be energetic and give them the best class you can. Your students can tell if you want to be there or if you don't. Wow what a treat to get a private lesson!

April 2, 2017 Wyoming Black Belt Class

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