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June 4, 2017 Wyoming Black Belt Class
at Martin's Casper TaeKwon-Do

Instructor: Grand Master Stan Martin

There is good participation from the Red belts today.
We begin with rising kicks, squat stretch, split stretch with push ups.
*modified L stance, 1-2 punch.
*modified L stance, side front snap kick, 1-2 punch.

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Warming up with kicks and punches down the floor
Side front snap kick

*L stance, sweeping kick, side strike with the back-fist, pivot, L stance reverse punch.
*L stance, sweeping kick,side strike with the back-fist, side piercing kick with the front foot, guarding block with the outer forearm.
In patterns a high punch with the fore-fist is delivered with the side piercing kick. Care must be taken not to deliver this punch with the side-fist.

From the high side strike,
load the kick and the punch
Deliver the punch hip-armpit-out, not as an outward strike with the side fist.

*L stance, combination kicking, outward downward kick, middle twisting kick, outward strike with the knife-hand. Lift the knee up high to start the outward downward kick. Lifting under the opponents guard as stated in previous reviews.
*L stance, stepping forward reverse punch, back piercing kick, high side strike with the back-fist.

Reverse punch . . .
Back piercing kick . . .
High side strike with back fist.

*L stance, slide to C thrusting with the side elbow, pivot on the back foot guarding block with the fore-arm. The arm with thrusting elbow is underneath at the preparatory cross.
*L stance, inward vertical kick with the reverse foot-sword, middle outward strike with the knife-hand, reverse hook kick (survey your surroundings, don't kick anyone!).
*L stance, combination kicking, inward vertical kick, inward vertical kick. The kicking leg stays somewhat bent.
*L stance, step reverse punch, 180 degree back kick.

Sliding side elbow.
Inward vertical kick.
LStance, step reverse punch...
180 Back kick

*L stance consecutive kicking, side front snap kick, middle twisting kick. Use a short leg (bent knee) for the twist kick.
Head kicks are within hand range. Reverse hook kick is hard to block, the vital area to be blocked is the achilles tendon, any higher on the leg and the heel can still hit your head. Know that your target is likely to move, you must be able to recalculate to catch a moving target. Waiting for a target to become available is not too successful. All techniques need balance, focus, and concentration. Foot position for thrusting kick is different than that of a twisting kick.

Head kicks are within hand range
Twist kick foot position --- thrusting kick foot position.

Grand Master Martin encouraged us to train! He leads us by his words and his actions. Time spent training before and after class improves your confidence and your skill level goes up at a much faster rate. Grand Master Martin said that for him the additional training has improved balance, focus, and concentration. The message is that although 3 classes a week is training at a pretty good level it is just a minimum. You need to train additionally outside of class!
*L stance, turning hook kick, delivered in an arch making contact just after the apex of the kick. Pull the hip and foot through the target by some continued rotation of the hips and body, this changes the opponents balance to be open for a combination of techniques. Lift the hip and maintain your own balance.

Deliver hook kick in an arch. . .
making contact just past the apex. . .
lift the hip to help maintain balance.

When training on fundamental movements train with a meaningful target. And consider the factors in the theory of power.
*L stance, sweeping kick, skip side front snap kick. The sweeping kick takes balance from your opponent long enough to follow up with another technique.
*L stance, Reverse turning kick to the side front angle is like turning kick but using the back heel as the tool. Hitting a heavy target is dangerous unless you've folded your opponent, use it in combination with other techniques. If the target is not heavy the kick can go through, if the target is heavy it can cause you to have a loss of balance. In patterns the motion of the kick is arrested with the ab muscles to stop the kick on a particular line or angle. When sparring you use momentum to bring the kick around, but with control, so look!

Turning kick to solar plexus -- reverse turning kick to the same target. If hitting a solid target this kick can set you into a bad position.

When you train a certain way it carries on to how you compete and how you would defend yourself if necessary. Train hard and train with meaning. When connecting hard the second half of  techniques have  a different feel of movement. Like hooking blocks, checking blocks, thrusting techniques.
*L stance, reverse punch, reverse turning kick, step hooking kick, blocking tool is the side instep.
*Modified L stance 1-2 punch, hook kick with the front leg. Hook kick can be a long range kick using the ball of the foot as secondary tool. Grand Master Martin said to a red belt, “It is good to stand out in a crowd sometimes but not when doing fundamental movements.”

Hook kick is ineffective if delilvered
with tthe foot in this position.
The foot must stay in this position so
that the back heel is the tool.
Hook kick can be a long-range kick if you
use the secondary tool -- the ball of the foot.

*L stance, combination kicking back kick, back kick. You must change directions and sometimes is not fluid to recover balance unless you hit something. Use foot sword! The kick needs to go in and out the same hole.
*L stance, high twist kick using the ball of the foot. When kicking different levels the target angle changes and the position of the base foot does too. Do not lock the standing leg.
*Close stance “C”, Four direction thrust.
*Hwa-Rang. Listen, gain strength from the group. The rhythm becomes different because of balance recovery, kicking space, direction and interpretation of fast motion when kicking.. The second time through the timing was pretty good, we were more together. The interpretation of slow motion is different. Slow motion is regular cadence plus another half count. Show muscle control, balance, athletic ability. “Hands, eyes, feet, breath, one!” ~~General Choi

Hwa-Rang, group pattern
Working on staying together...

Listen to the cadence, take strength from one another.

*We gathered in the courtyard for a group photo.
*Referee list for national was updated to send in.
*Two breaking teams were organized.
*Grand Master Martin exclaimed, “We are Wyoming, Step up!”
*Grand Master Martin spoke about his trip to Australia, The people there are excited and pumped up.  *Before he died, Master Birch asked his wife to have Grand Master Martin come to Australia, and was sent by the USTF as an extension of Sr. Grand Master Sereff's hand  They welcomed him eagerly as he taught seminars to hundreds of black belts, taught at black belt camp, tested students for high levels of black belt. Mr Giese who accompanied Grand Master Martin taught combatives. Mrs Wilcox who also accompanied Grand Master Martin taught and demonstrated kicking. The visit to Australia by Grand Master Martin, Mr Giese and Mrs Wilcox changed the buzz of what Taekwon-Do can be and their perception of what we do in the USA. It was a great boost to morale for the Auzzies since the loss of Master Birch. It has been an emotional time in Australia since their leader has passed.
*2018 brings the World Cup to Australia.
*Since the USTF has implemented Ambassadors to countries like Australia, Ireland, Scotland, Canada, and Papua New Guinea, it seems the world fears the USTF may be trying to steal students. This is untrue! We have been welcomed by these countries and we welcome them as a start to competition and communication . It seems we  must be very careful how things are presented so we will not be misunderstood.
We have demonstrated that we can compete and officiate Internationally . So for those who haven't, get out of that comfort zone and make an effort participate in events that come available. It will teach you things about yourself that your Instructor cannot. You will make wonderful and fantastic memories, develop friendships. Travel and learn about moral culture of other places. Mark Twain said, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”
There is so much more to Taekwon-Do than just class. Get out there and take part in what we are allowed to do.
There was some discussion about the use of plastic boards vs. wood boards for testing requirements. Axe TKD tournament and the Maestas TKD tournament both use plastic breaking materials. We should be skilled and able to break what ever is in front of us. It was decided the student would have a choice of plastic or wood and either choice would not affect best of test awards.
 Get our Taekwon-Do brothers and sisters around us and train. Mr. Tanner stated that we were able to train with the best in the USA right here locally. Get our color belts wound up! There is no reason for us to be intimidated in competition by what we don't know. Students all around the world are just like us, no better no worse. Continue to train hard, challenge yourself, the ones who step up and train are the ones to succeed. Without exception there is no substitute for training.
Grand Master Martin has worked for 47 years at Taekwon-Do and intends for his legacy to carry on through us. This is why he insists we step up and train, come to black belt classes and take what he teaches back to our schools.

June 4, 2017 Wyoming Black Belt Class

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