Saturday, April 27, 2013

One Step Questions Week #22 Saturday 4th May 2013



One-Step Questions, Week #22,  Saturday, 4th May:

1.  I have Taegeuk Ee Jang checked off.

2.  If I do not have Taegeuk Ee Jang checked off I have private lessons set up in order to get it checked off.

3.  I have Taegeuk Sah Jang checked off.

4.  I have memorized all three curriculum forms - Taegeuks Ee, Sah and Yuk.

5.  I have begun writing down ideas for my board breaks (due June 1st).

6.  I have practiced all 15 of my forms - 1 time this week for 1st degree candidates (see forms card tab above or use your forms binder for those you don't have these memorized yet), 3 times this week for 2nd degree candidates (16 forms).

7.  I have video taped myself this week doing the form I am working on getting checked off and watched it to see where I need to improve - look at chambers, wrists, punch levels and elbow angles, foot placement and hip and shoulder alignment.

8.  I have done 125 round kicks on the bag 2 times this week making sure they are round kicks (top of foot hitting and belt knot going from side to side) above the bag line.

9.  I have done 20 each of Crunches 5 Ways (total of 100) 2 times this week.

10.  I have done 2 sets of 25 pushups (50 total) 2 times this week.  Focus on technique - see tab above on 100 pushups. 

11.  I have done a run 2 times this week.

12.  I have worked on my back stance in the mirror 3 times this week - check for 60/40 or 70/30 split on weight distribution betweeen feet, check for distance between feet (not on a skateboard) and toe placement, shoulders and in line with hips.

13.  I have worked on my double knives in back stance - check for tight flat hands, thumbs along the side, hand on breast bone flat and not curving inwards, chamber in line with eachother and going straight back (not rising up or breaking the line of your body).

14.  I was prepared for this Saturday's class by using the One-Step questions as a training guide for this week.  I will be a prepared, confident candidate for the pre-test in 22 weeks.

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Congratulations to the following One-Step Winners from Week #23!

Mr. Max 
Mr. Bryce
Mr. Justin
Mr. Eli
Mr. Cameron
Mr. Vail
Ms. Marim

You are off to a great start!  I hope to see even more of you across the rope next week!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

One-Step Questions Week #23, 27th April (November Candidates)

As you saw today, there are prizes for the people with the highest total number of One-Step wins over the course of their 6 months with me.  To be eligible for a total wins prize you must make it through the pre-test as a current candidate.  There will be prizes for both 1st Dan Candidates as well as a separate prize for 2nd Dan and higher candidates.  Will YOU taste the sweetness of VICTORY?



One-Step Questions, Week #23, 27th April 2013:

1.  I have Taegeuk Ee Jang checked off.

2.  I have asked a higher belt or Instructor to watch me do the form I am working on to get checked off BEFORE I ask for my form to be viewed for check off.  I wrote down the tips they gave me to work on in my binder.

3.  I have Taegeuk Sah Jang checked off.

4.  I have memorized all three curriculum forms - Taegeuks Ee, Sah and Yuk.

5.  I have practiced all 15 of my forms - 1 time this week for 1st degree candidates (see forms card tab above or use your forms binder for those you don't have these memorized yet), 3 times this week for 2nd degree+ candidates for your 16 or 17 forms.

6.  I have video taped myself doing the form I am currently working on checking off and watched myself on a big screen (tiny you is perfect, big you shows what you need to work on).

7.  I have done 100 round kicks on the bag 2 times this week making sure they are round kicks (top of foot hitting and belt knot going from side to side) above the bag line.

8.  I have done 20 each of Crunches 5 Ways (total of 100) and 5 bridges at an 8 count (see tab above if you don't know what Crunches 5 Ways and Bridges are) 2 times this week.

9.  I have done 2 sets of 25 pushups (50 total) 2 times this week.  Focus on technique - see tab above on 100 pushups. 

10.  I have done a run 2 times this week.

11.  I have worked on my punches in the mirror 3 times this week - check for wrist curls (relax muscles and pinch sides of wrist and it will fall into a straight position), make sure your elbow has a slight bend in it to protect your joint and to place your fist off the center of your chest, a marble should roll from your elbow down to the center two knuckles off your fist.

12.  I have worked on my high blocks in the mirror 3 times this week making sure I am chambering symmetrically and parallel (should look like a diamond shape in the mirror), when you make your high block check for the arm to be above your forehead, no wrist curls and the profile of your arm shows the flat inside curl of your fingers in the mirror.

13.  I have worked on my front stances - 20 each side 3 times this week.  My hips are parallel to the wall I am facing, my back leg is completely straight, my shoulders are over my hips and I can make my stance lower by bending my knee and dropping my hips towards the floor.  Check how you look sideways in the mirror to make sure your torso is not coming forward in your stance.  How low can you go and still kick out of your stance?

14.  I have worked on my walking stance 3 times this week making sure my heels are pointed straight back, my feet are slightly wider than my hips and there is no visible bend in my knees.  Check this on the back leg of Taegeuk Ee Jang - do your feet go back to a true walk stance after kicking?

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The name of the app I mentioned this morning is Ubersense.  Its a free app out there for Ipad, Iphone and Android and is a tool you can use to zoom in and slow down motions to see how you are performing.  Any type of filming is beneficial so if you don't have a phone or tablet with video capability, just use your video camera.  If you don't have one of those you should look into getting something as you'll have to have it to tape your requirements prior to the pre-test and its a good tool to use as we go through forms.

Shout out to my May Candidate One-Step Winners!

I was so pleased to announce the May 2013 One-Step Winners today!  These are the people who came in with the highest total  number of One-Step wins - not only did they receive a sweet treat but they also consistently worked towards their Black Belt goal and came into the pre-test as prepared, confident candidates.  While I do give out prizes here and there in my class, the ultimate prize and biggest goal is achieving your Black Belt at the end of your 6 months of training!

Please join me in congratulating the following people:

3rd Place -  Mr. Julian, Mr. Nathan and Mr. Bret tied

2nd Place - Ms. Misa

Grand Prize Winner - Mr. Aidan

Enjoy the sweet taste of victory my friends!

Ms. Paige

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Bit of fun and a quick reminder...


Reminders:
1.  This coming Saturday, April 20th is your goal date for getting Taegeuk Ee Jang checked off.  

2.  You will be doing your requirements base line in Ms. Jay Lynn's class so make sure you have your running shoes, water and/or vitamin water, an energy dense snack, possibly some rain gear and your binder to write down your starting point for each of the physical requirements.

See you Saturday!
Ms. Paige

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Shout out to the May Candidates!

I just wanted to say once again how very PROUD I am of the May Candidate group!  I truly wish I had been able to see you perform last Saturday - my thoughts were with you even as I was zipping through Space Mountain (well, okay, maybe AFTER Space Mountain).

I heard good things about all of you when I got back and I'm so proud of you and happy for you that you found the strength, determination and perseverance to get through the test and show how hard you've worked towards your goal of becoming a Black Belt.

I want you to keep that feeling of accomplishment and determination alive inside as we roll through the next couple of weeks.  Keep working on improving even that last little bit between now and the ceremony as we are all looking forward to an awesome show of your Black Belt excellence!

Ms. Paige

Homework for November Candidates - Week #25

Hello November Candidates -

Just a quick re-cap of the homework assigned for this week 4/13-4/20 to help you get started on your journey to Black Belt.  

1.  Work on getting Taegeuk Ee Jang checked off this week or next at the latest.  Always try to work in advance of your deadlines as some forms will be more difficult than others to check off.

2.  Memorization of the three curriculum forms - T. Ee, Sah and Yuk Jang.  We can't work technique unless you know your next move.  Have these memorized by next Saturday and begin working on memorization of the full 15 - start using your forms binder, my forms cards, quiz yourself or have your parents and friends quiz you.

3.  Front Stances - don't go too wide on these (no Eiffel Tower look), make sure your front leg is forward, both heels and toes pointed back, your hips flat to the wall you are facing and dropping down.  The depth of your front stance is determined by the angle of your front knee.  Work on 20 front stances each side as low as you can go and still kick out of it.  20 per side at least 3 times this week.

4. Timing of the last leg of T. Ee Jang.  Work on down block, kick-chamber-punch, kick-chamber-punch, kick-chamber-punch (Kihap!).  Make sure your hands are chambered properly with no wrist curls and tighten up those muscles so the chambers/hands are LOCKED in until you are ready to move them to the next position.

5.  Crunches 5 Ways - get started on them now.  Full description of how to do them is on a tab at the top of the page.  Start with 20 each (100 total) for 3 sessions this week and we'll start adding each week until we get to 50 of each move.  Everything we do in Martial Arts engages your core in some way - balance, power, lockouts, chambering at height - the more you work on this, the easier it will be to get forms checked off.

See you next week!

Ms. Paige

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Wishing you all good luck before the pre-test

Hello my fellow martial artists -

I wish you all good luck, strength and endurance to get you through the pre-test on Saturday.  You've all been practicing and working for this goal for the past 6 months and are now ready to take the next step on your journey to Black Belt.

The pre-test will be difficult but remember we are ALL cheering you on to success.  If I was there I would be cheering the loudest!  Keep breathing, hydrate like crazy the day before, make sure you have some energy dense snacks and remember that you have prepared for this day.  When the going gets tough (and the pre-test is always tough) just keep pushing yourself through to the other side.

Stay strong and show us all what you are made of!  I can't wait to hear about it when I get back!

Warm regards,

Ms. Paige