Hi Guys -
Sorry this one is a little late. The other parts of my life got a little hectic this weekend.
So, what I've been hearing and seeing is that some of you are feeling a bit worn down and tired. I know its been a long hard slog getting to this point in the training. I'm going to let you in on a few secrets.
1. EVERYONE goes through the phase where they are burned out on doing forms, constantly working out and pushing themselves.
2. That means its gut-check time. How badly do you want to wear that Black Belt around your waist? What does that achievement mean to you? How far are you willing to push yourself in order to achieve this goal? Are you willing to do what you must in order to become who you want to be?
3. How do you make a diamond? By putting a lump of coal under an intense amount of pressure for a long time. In your case, you get 24 weeks to transform yourself from your Bo-Dan beginnings into a diamond. All your effort will be worthwhile when you stand in the spot light and SHINE as a Black Belt.
For this week's One-Step Questions I'm going to focus in again on forms. If you have an area that you know is a weakness (self-defense, running, your weapons form, etc.) then do these items in addition to the following questions.
1. I physically practiced my forms for three sessions this week. During each session I did each form AS MANY TIMES as it takes to get that form to a check-off level. For some forms that may be two in a row. For some forms that may be 8 times in a row on the same form. Complete all 15 forms in this manner.
What is a form done at check off level? Here are a few things we are looking for - this list is not complete but just a few things off the top of my head. You should think about these things as you are doing forms to make sure you really are at "check off" level.
1. Correct foot placement throughout the form.
2. Sharp spotting throughout the form.
3. Arms are kept strong, punches at the correct level, elbows are tucked in, good fight stance with arm placement, hitting chambers and punches not placing, etc.
4. You start and finish each leg of the form with a strong movement.
5. Don't rush into the leg, take that second to set yourself strongly before moving into the form.
6. Your kicks are above belt level, you have good lock outs, your chambers are at height, good balance and full extension on your kicks.
7. Eye level - you are fighting an opponent directly in front of you and keep your eyes at this level
8. Intensity - eye of the tiger time guys, I don't want to see you walking through the motions, each form is a fight with an opponent, look strong throughout.
9. Good breathing - kihaps, keeping your breathing in time with your motions (sounding like a train puffing with kicks and punches).
10. Good, deep stances with feet in the correct position.
11. Hands are kept in TIGHT fists and when chambered, you are at belt level with elbow pulled all the way back and no chicken wings.
12. Chambers are sharp with correct placement, no wrist curls, 90* on front chambers and good symmetry on downblock/overhead block chambers.
13. Tight knife hands