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October 6, 2019 Wyoming Black Belt Class
at Martin's Casper TaeKwon-Do

Instructor - Grand Master Martin, IX Dan

We bowed in to Grand Master Martin and began with squat stretch, shifting back and forth, in and out, forward and back.
From L stance > Leg raises in place. One student counted and the class echoed the count.
From parallel stance > Little hops up and down, step if you must, do what you can. All of this with Grand Master Martin hopping and moving around among the students that are  lined up for training.
Jumping jacks with 10 count, five students count one after the other.
From L stance > Consecutive kicking; Side front snap kick, middle back piercing kick, side front snap kick. Chamber the leg and hip to execute the back piercing kick.

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Consecutive kicking - side front snap kick,
Middle back piercing kick,
Side front snap kick.

From L stance > Side turning kick in place. Pivot on the supporting foot. Challenge yourself to do it correctly.
From L stance > Lead leg outward downward kick. Load by lifting the knee under the opponents guard to disguise the technique.

Side turning kick.
Lead leg outward downward kick - demonstration by Mr. Giese, then everybody worked on it.

From L stance > Lead leg hook kick. The horizontal distance that the kick travels across the target is about two feet or a little more. Modify your L stance to disguise the technique. When the shoulders turn that is what telegraphs the technique.  You cannot move a heavy target with this kick. You can break ribs and such but the kick must rebound it cannot pull through the target you must retract fully.

The kick travels horizontally across the target
Disguise the kick by keeping shoulders square
When shoulders turn, the kick is telegraphed

When kicking a light target, you will pull the kick all the way through
When kicking a solid target, you will retract back to where you started

Use mind imaging to realize targets. Visualize little targets, think of the body to be a target. When the target becomes real you will have the mind to adapt.
Lift the kick under the arm and extend to the side front and pull across. Do not go way back when you pull through, it limits your choices for consecutive kicking.
No wrinkles in the ankle, wait to be old to have wrinkles. So no wrinkles in ankle to have good foot position, extend the outside of the ankle and use the back heel as the tool.
Watch the standing foot position. By using proper standing foot position you can avoid inflammation in the hips. Without proper rotation of the supporting foot the hips are not allowed to move naturally when kicking. Develop good kicking technique and habits with the standing leg as well as the kicking leg.

Mr. Francis demonstrated a lovely hook kick. In slow motion!

Train to improve hand speed and kicking speed. Develop the technique and work on acceleration.
When breaking there is a different consistency to different material. Plastic bends the most before it breaks, wood gives just a little before it snaps, concrete cracks with the least amount of give. You accelerate through each different type of material.
From L stance > 1-2 punch. When punching, the hand should not be seen. The acceleration should be so that the hand disappears on the way out and reappears at the target. The fist should have no horizontal movement at the end, the hips stop their rotation so the punch is delivered linear.
Develop sine wave; hands eyes feet and breath become one.

One-two punch, work on hand speed...use maximum acceleration so the puch cannot be seen while in motion.

From L stance > Turning kick, sitting stance middle outward strike with the knife hand.
From L stance > Hook kick, sitting stance middle outward strike with the knife hand. Finish side facing, the outward stepping to sitting stance should have a slight outward curve, that is, sine wave on the floor. Grip the floor with your toes.
Red belts on the floor > Twelve 1st gups doing Choong-Moo. Two 2nd gups doing Hwa-Rang. Gain from the others, Listen! Cadence, unity, power, rhythm, together. Repeat Hwa-Rang. Each rank then performed one pattern.

1st gups -- Choong-Moo.

2nd gups -- Hwa-Rang.

I dans -- Kwang-Gae

II dans -- Choong-Jang

III dan -- Sam-Il

IV dan -- Ul-Ji

V dans -- Se-Jong

VI, VII, VIII, IX dans > Tong-Il. It certainly is a special thing when a student is able to train and do patterns along side their Instructor.

VI ,VII, VIII, IX dans -- Tong-Il

Step Sparring update: The yellow book will be reprinted with updates and input by Sr Master Todd.
In Model Sparring it is one routine executed fast followed by a routine performed slow.
Three step alone with a foot attack. The attacker will measure, stepping a few inches to the side of the defenders foot to duplicate where they must step as they move forward, then step back and execute a low block with the outer forearm. The knife-hand will only be used when the defender is blocking a front snap kick. Hands should be brought up to high guarding position when kicking.
Refer to the stepping diagram in the back of the step sparring book for information on stepping. The diagrams are a great tool.
In two step the attacker may attack from either right or left leg back L stance.

Taking in what Grand Master Martin has to say
Measuring step when attacker and defender are both in L-stance.
Refer to the Yellow Book
Use attacks & defenses consistent with the level of the step-sparring

We formed two sparring rings for the training of tournament officials. The lower ranks with less experience were encouraged to take up a position. The higher ranks with more experience helped to train and guide those students. A great way to train when we could stop at teachable moments. A way to gain experience and add to your resume’ for those who worked.

Mrs. Erikson at center
Mrs. McDill with Mrs. Paris
Keep your eye on the ring
Mr. Spann - warning!
Mr. Jette center referee
Mr. McDill helping Vincent Naus, scorekeeper
Sr. Master Johnson with a teachable moment

Red belts, congratulations. Black belts thank you for supporting your instructors and Wyoming.
November 3, Black Belt Class.
December 1, Black Belt Class.
“Thank You from the bottom of my Heart”, Grand Master Martin, black belt class.
Head instructors thank you for training your students, for showing up when there are few students...it will grow! Snowy Range Taekwon-do is up to 18 students, St Anthonys Taekwon-Do is up to 8.
Study the White and Black books.
Class review by Sr. Master Robin Johnson
Pictures, layout by Ms. DeeDee Connell

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October 6, 2019 Wyoming Black Belt Class

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