Saturday, May 31, 2014

One-Step Questions Saturday, 7th June - Week #17

Hi Guys!

Do you know that the work you do on Saturday counts for the next week's One-Step questions?  So, since we got through the 12 lower forms today - that counts as one of the 4 times to physically practice your forms this week.  Those who are going for a 2nd or higher degree - if you finish up the upper forms then it counts as one set.  This goes for training runs, etc. if you are doing the Conditioning class on Saturday too.

Ms. Paige



Week #17 - Saturday, 7th June

1.  I have physically practiced all 12 of my lower forms 4 times this week.  2nd Degree or higher - all your forms.  

2.  I have mentally practiced my forms three times this week. 

3.  I have Taeguek Il, Sam and Oh Jang checked off. (Due May 24th)

4.  I have done 275 round kicks on the bag 2 times this week.

5.  I have done 65 pushups 2 times this week focusing on perfect pushups (if available use one of the gray blocks at the dojo or some books stacked to a similar height at home).  

6.  I have done 2 training runs this week. 

7.  I have all my board breaks written down (Due June 7th).  I have one set memorized so I can show  a combination. 

8.  I have 15 moves of my weapon form written down (Due July 5th)

9.  I have 6 moves (move plus counter-move) for my Self-Defense written down.

10.  I have at least 2 teaching hours in at the dojo or have made arrangements to begin assisting with classes to get my teaching hours in.



Saturday, May 24, 2014

One-Step Questions, Saturday, 31 May 2014 Week #18


Week #18 - Saturday, 31 May

1.  I have physically practiced all 12 of my lower forms 3 times this week.  2nd Degree or higher - all your forms.  

2.  I have mentally practiced my forms three times this week. 

3.  I have Taeguek Il, Sam and Oh Jang checked off. (Due May 24th)

4.  I have done 250 round kicks on the bag 2 times this week.

5.  I have done 30 SLOW crunches 5 ways.  Work those abs!

6.  I have done 60 pushups 2 times this week focusing on perfect pushups (if available use one of the gray blocks at the dojo or some books stacked to a similar height at home).  You can rest when you need to but get all 60 in for each session. 

7.  I have done 2 training runs this week. 

8.  I have all my board breaks written down (Due June 7th).  I have one set memorized so I can show  a combination.  Remember, you can always edit and improve this over time.

9.  I have 10 moves of my weapon form written down (Due July 5th)

10.  I have 5 moves (move plus counter-move) for my Self-Defense written down.

11.  I have at least 1 teaching hour in at the dojo or have made arrangements to begin assisting with classes to get my teaching hours in.





Saturday, May 17, 2014

One-Step Questions Saturday, 24th May - Week #19



One-Step Questions for Saturday, 24th May - Week #19

1.  I have physically practiced all 12 of my lower forms 3 times this week.  2nd Degree or higher - all your forms.

2.  I have mentally practiced my forms two times this week. 

3.  I have asked a partner to quiz me on my forms (speaking it out loud, you don't have to physically perform them) so that I have reviewed all 12 lower for 1st degree candidates and all forms for 2nd degree and higher.  If you can't find a partner to quiz you then write them down in a note book and check over your answers.  If you get one wrong, re-write that one.

4.  I have Taegeuk Il and Taeguek Sam Jang checked off.

5.  I have Taegeuk Oh Jang checked off (all 3 forms due May 24th.)

7.  I have video taped myself this week doing the form I am working on getting checked off.  Watch the way you normally do the form then tape yourself again working on spotting, striking, foot placement, lock outs and stances.  How significantly can you change how you look doing a form?

8.  I have done 225 round kicks on the bag 2 times this week - make sure you are above the line and doing round kicks with the top of your foot and your belt shifting back and forth.

9.  I have done 25 each of crunches 5 ways making sure that I am pausing at the top of each crunch for 1 Mississippi (1 second) to boost my ab workout, 2 times this week.

10.  I have done 60 pushups 2 times this week focusing on perfect pushups.  You can rest when you need to but get all 60 in for each session. 

11.  I have done 2 training runs this week. 

12.  I have 6 moves of my weapon form written down (Due July 5th)

13.  If I didn't complete my 4 sets (move and counter move) for my Self-Defense question last week I completed the task this week.


Monday, May 5, 2014

Practice makes....

Mr. Richard's Words of Wisdom this past Saturday were so good they bear repeating.

"Practice doesn't make perfect.  Practice makes permanent.  Perfect practice makes perfect permanent."

I've always liked this quote from Albert Einstein:

"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."

This week instead of just running through the motions in the same way you've always done it, really work on getting feedback and video taping so you can move the bar towards practicing perfectly and not just do the same things over and over again.

Train hard and hone your edge,

- Ms. Paige

Sunday, May 4, 2014

One-Step Questions - Saturday, 17th May Week #20

One-Step Questions - Saturday, 17th May  Week #20


1.  I have Taegeuk Il Jang checked off.

2.  I have Taegeuk Sam Jang checked off.

3.  I have Taegeuk Oh Jang checked off (all 3 forms due May 24th.)

5.  I have two board break combinations written down and have physically run them for spacing (does not require actual board breaks but if you have practice boards it would be good to use them to run these).  (Board Breaks due on June 7th.)

6. I have physically practiced all 12 of my lower forms 4 times over the past 2 weeks.  2nd Degree and higher all of your forms.

7.  I have Taeguek Il, Sam and Oh Jang plus Palchugi Ee, Sah and Yuk Jang memorized.  This means I can perform these forms alone on the mats without prompting, pauses or watching someone else.

8.  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.

9.  I have done 200 round kicks on the bag 4 times over the past 2 weeks. (If you don't have access to the bags at the dojo, you can use a pillow or couch cushion or even air at home.) 

10.  I have done 25 each of Crunches 5 Ways plus 4 bridges at 5 count, 4 times over the past 2 weeks. 

10.  I have done 2 sets of 30 pushups 4 times over the past two weeks.  

11.  I have done 3 training runs over the past 2 weeks. 

12.  I have 4 sets (move and counter move) written down for my self-defense combinations.  These are items you'd like to incorporate into your self-defense routines. (Be sure to bring a notebook or video camera to the Black Belt ceremony test to pick up some ideas for this!)

13.  I have begun gathering ideas for my weapons form - this can be martial arts movie videos, You Tube, books, videos from the library, technique videos, etc.  See tab above for ideas on getting started with your weapons form.  (Due July 5th)

14.  I have three moves with my weapon (trick, series of moves or special stances) that I have written down for my form (don't have to be sequential - just moves you are probably going to use in your form).