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Photos from the Wyoming State
Color Belt Test January 24, 2009

Held at Master Martin's in Casper.
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Notes on the testing from Mr. Johnson, Wyoming State Director

The progress of technique improvement is something that is clear to see whether the observer is a Taekwon-Do instructor, student, family, or any other interested person. This improvement of technique happens regardless of age, gender or even ability. It is the time spent training that makes the difference in improvement. Some will always look better than others but when we observe over time there is an increase of awareness and understanding across the board in all who practice the art of Taekwon-Do.


Receiving instructions from Mr. Cunningham

Master Martin wishing all the testers well

Group pattern
Chon-Ji

10th and 9th Gup to 8th - No longer innocent as they are gaining knowledge of Taekwon-Do and beginning to have an awareness of, and understand how their bodies work.

White Belts warming up

patterns...

4-Direction Exercise

Chon-Ji

Chon-Ji

kicking

kicking

step sparring

step sparring

ho-sin-sul

ho-sin-sul

way to go, white belts!

8th Gup to 7th - Comments from the test board; this is a good group. They are working hard at it; you can see it in their faces but they are wearing themselves out. Now they need to work hard and learn to relax at the same time. This will take a lifetime to perfect but will carry over to other parts of their lives as well, a life skill. Look in the correct direction and see the target, the blocking tool and attacking tool or you will miss, you must see it to hit it. Rub or press the pressure points until your partner jumps or taps to understand the effectiveness of these points.

Yellow belts...

Dan-Gun

demonstrating kicks

step sparring


step sparring


ho-sin-sul


demonstrating...


joint locks.

demonstrating...

an understanding...

of...

pressure points.

7th Gup to 6th - These guys mean business! Please remember etiquette format at all times.

High yellow belts...

Do-San

Do-San

kicking


kicking


kicking


step sparring


step sparring

6th Gup to 5th - Technique is much smoother now they are warming up to the way Taekwon-Do should be performed. They are a bit more relaxed.

Won-Hyo

Won-Hyo

demonstrating..

kicks...

nice tuck!

way to fly!

step sparring

ho-sin-sul

ho-sin-sul

ho-sin-sul

turning kick break

side kick break

5th Gup to 4th - Whip it, whip it good! They are showing some balance with double, consecutive and combination kicking. On the flying kicks they still have their landing gear down while in the air. They need a little more confidence in themselves and an instructor who insists on tuck to overcome this problem. In step sparring they are showing good application of blocks and counter attacks.

warming up

Yul-Gok

Yul-Gok, x-stance

nice pattern.

demonstrating kicks

flying kicks

good height

and hang time.

step sparring

counter attacks...

showing..

application,

angle and distance.

ho-sin-sul

it's good they learned..

how to fall!

everyone had foot breaks

and hand breaks
 

4th Gup to 3rd - A real trooper, good intensity and quickness also shows perseverence to work through and overcome certain medical condition. Bravo.

warm-up pattern Yul Gok

Toi-Gye

Toi-Gye

demonstrating kicks

step sparring

ho-sin-sul

ho-sin-sul

flying side kick break


Best Ho-Sin-Sul - Mr. Frerie (Master Martin)
Best Break - Mr. Pike (Mr. Sisco)
Best Pattern - Mr. Waldron (Master Martin)
with Mr. Johnson, Master Martin, Mr. Sisco

Great test, everyone!

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