Mr. Gerald Sisco, V Dan from
Casper was Black Belt Instructor for February. He taught a class working
on some things we are NOT so good at: Step Sparring and Self-Defense...
Class started out with a review
of three-step sparring, working on format. It was determined that
the hands should not drop after the final attack and block.
Note: Step-sparring teaches appropriate angle and distance for attack
and defense, challenging the student to choose proper tools for specific
targets. It allows students to use their imaginations, and to experiment
The class then worked on beginning
ho-sin-sul, releases and joint locks.
Note: When being grabbed by two hands, it is effective to treat it
as a single handed grab; it is not necessary to deal with both hands.
Two-step sparring: It seemed to
be a challenge for the attacker to return forward, and the defender
to return backward after an exercise.
Note: A student must keep all techniques at the appropriate level
of step-sparring - no Black Belt techniques are to be used in three-
or two-step sparring.
Back to ho-sin-sul: Throws vs.
Take-Downs - A throw must have both feet off the ground. It can be
executed slowly and still be effective...if you get in a hurry, technique
suffers. Mr. Cunningham demonstrated this by throwing Mr. Fay SLOWLY
over his shoulder from back to front. However, the rest of us were
given no chance in our classtime to show our unrestrained potentiality
by throwing Mr. Fay from one to another or over the shoulder!
One-step sparring: Target selection
becomes critical to demonstrate General Choi's idea of ending a conflict
with a single blow.
We also worked briefly on semi-free
We closed class with Master Martin's
birthday gauntlet...the class came to attention, dropped facedown
and did push-ups while Master Martin walked the gauntlet. Then everyone
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