Saturday, May 30, 2015

One-Step Questions for Saturday, 6th June - 18 weeks to Pre-Test

Please print off a copy of the One-Step Questions for your binder.  Use it to check off as you go.  Example - if you have to do pushups 3 times in a week place one check mark for each time you complete a set so at the end of the week you'll see three check marks.  It is VERY motiviating to check things off your list and it will help keep you on track.  

  Don't spin your wheels!  If you have been working on something for more than 7-10 days and you aren't progressing or if you've been told you need to fix something but you don't know how, then you should use three very powerful words "I NEED HELP". 
 We take serious candidates seriously.



In order to enter the floor to the back black line, you must do the two following items.  Everything after that will take you steps forward down the floor.

1.  I have physically practiced my forms 3 times this week - all 6 lower Taegueks plus Palchugi Il, Sam and Oh.  Full set if you know them.

2. I have mentally reviewed each of my forms four times this week.

***Below this line starts your steps down the floor.  To be eligible, please complete steps One and Two.***

3.  I have have the 9 required forms memorized (6 Taegueks plus Palchugi Il, Sam and Oh) - this means you can perform them alone without pauses or prompts.

4.  I have Taegeuk Ee, Sah and Yuk Jang checked off.  If you do not have this item checked off you must speak to an Instructor this week to figure out your game plan for catching up with the rest of the candidate group and continuing your journey. (Due 23 May).

5.  I have Palchugi Il Jang checked off.

6.  I have video taped myself doing my 6 Taeguek forms and Palchugi Il, Sam and Oh this week.

7.  I have done 300 Round Kicks on the bags twice this week.  Watch your form on these - make sure you are above the line and rotating hips so the top of your foot makes contact with the bag.

8.  I have done 40 pushups in a row (no breaks, no knees, no stopping) three times this week. 

9.  I have done 30 crunches 5 ways (30 of each variety), 12 V Ups and 6 bridges at a 10 count three times this week.

10.  I have done 2 training runs this week.  One run must be the full 1.5 miles.

11.  I worked on my punches, high blocks, double knives, front stances, back stances and walking stances in a mirror twice this week (one set of 20 for each).

12.  I worked on my chambering in the mirror twice this week 20 times each for regular chambers, high block chambers, inside block chambers, outside block chambers. 
- Regular front chambers need to be 90 degrees and high up enough on your chest so that if you placed a sticker on the center of the back of your hand you cannot see the sticker in the mirror. The side of your hand should be the only thing visible in the mirror - make sure you aren't over rotating so that the underside of your hand becomes visible.
- High block chambers - make sure you are striking out from your body not hugging it.  From the front it looks perfect (and fixes lots of wrist curls) and from the side it will look almost like a scissor block where you are striking out at a steep angle from your body with both upper and lower fist.
- Inside block chambers - make sure you are up high enough so that your striking fist is up at about eye level and at more of a 90 degree on your side versus having your fist back by your ear.
- Outside block chambers should look like your High Block Chambers but make sure when you practice these you are not going outside of the triangle of your body.  This means your strike doesn't open up your shoulder and your fist stops so that you arm is in line with your front leg - no further.  

13.  I have written in my binder a sequence of 25 moves for my weapons form and have at least 15 sequential moves memorized for show.  (Due July 11th).

14.  I attended sparring class this week.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

One-Step Questions for Saturday, 30th May - 19 weeks to Pre-Test



In order to enter the floor to the back black line, you must do the two following items.  Everything after that will take you steps forward down the floor.

1.  I have physically practiced my forms 3 times this week - all 6 lower Taegueks plus Palchugi Il, Sam and Oh.  Full set if you know them.

2. I have mentally reviewed each of my forms four times this week.

***Below this line starts your steps down the floor.  To be eligible, please complete steps One and Two.***

3.  I have Taegeuk Ee, Sah and Yuk Jang checked off.  If you do not have this done, please set up some private lessons and/or discuss with the head Instructors. (Due 23 May).

4.  I have Palchugi Il Jang checked off.

5.  I have video taped myself doing my 6 Taeguek forms and Palchugi Il, Sam and Oh this week.

6.  I have done 275 Round Kicks on the bags twice this week.

7.  I have done 35 pushups in a row (no breaks, no knees, no stopping) three times this week. Don't be T-Rex.

8.  I have done 30 crunches 5 ways (30 of each variety) and 12 V Ups three times this week.

9.  I have done 2 training runs this week. 

10.  I worked on my punches, high blocks, double knives, front stances, back stances and walking stances in a mirror twice this week (one set of 20 for each).

11.  I have my board breaks written down and one combination memorized and ready to show.  (Due June 6th)

12.  I have written in my binder a sequence of 20 moves for my weapons form and have at least 10 sequential moves memorized for show.  (Due July 11th).

13.  I have written down 4 self-defense Move/Counters in my binder.  (Due August 1)

14.  I attended sparring class this week.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Quick Note to All Candidates and Parents

Hey Guys -

Just a quick mid-week update:

1.  Don't forget the Yoga Class with Jay Lynn will be held this Saturday from 7-7:30AM.  It's a great way to get warmed up for class AND you'll need to incorporate a stretching routine to keep yourself limber.

2.  Remember what I said about doing forms and mental review of forms - if you are going to skip something from the list DON'T SKIP FORMS/MENTAL REVIEW.

This goes out to all the parents - many of you have heard me talk about my 19 year old daughter Eliza who is a Black Belt and currently an Honors College student at Washington State University studying Computer Science and Business.  She is home for the summer (until mid-August) and is looking for babysitting/mother's helper type of work while she is here.  If you are interested in contacting her for work, you can call her directly at (425) 891-4515 or by e-mail at elizadolecki@yahoo.com.  Thanks in advance for any work you can send her way - college is expensive!

Have a great week!

Ms. Paige

Saturday, May 16, 2015

One-Step Questions for Saturday, 23 May - 20 Weeks until the Pre-Test


One-Step Questions for Saturday, 23 May - 20 weeks to Pre-Test

1.  I have Taeguek Ee, Sah and Yuk Jang checked off (due 23 May)

2.  I have Palchugi Il Jang checked off.

3.  I have video taped myself doing Taegeuk Ee, Sah, Yuk AND Palchugi Il, Sam and Oh this week.

4.  I have physically practiced my forms 3 times this week.  (15+ if you know them.)  Be aware of timing, stances, lock outs, height, striking and hand placement during your practice.

5.  I have mentally reviewed each of my curriculum forms (or full set) four times this week.

6.  I have done 250 round kicks on the bags twice this week.

7.  I have done 30 pushups in a row (no breaks, no knees, no stopping) THREE times this week.  Try to get your chin to the ground.

8.  I have done 25 crunches 5 ways (that means 25 in each of the ways for a total of 125 crunches) and 10 V Ups three times this week.

9.  I have done 2 training runs this week.  One run must be the full 1.5 miles.

10.  I worked on my punches, high blocks, double knives, front stances, back stances and walking stances in a mirror twice this week (one set of 20 for each).  

11.  I have written down my required board breaks in my binder (Due June 6th)

12.  I have written in my binder a sequence of 15 moves for my weapons form.  (Due July 11th).

13.  I have written down three self-defense moves/counters in my binder. (Due August 1)

14.  I attended sparring class this week.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

One-Step Questions for Saturday, 16th May - 21 weeks to the Pre-Test

Hello Candidates and Parents -

I won't be attending the Friday Black Belt test as I'm driving across the state to bring my daughter home from college for the summer.  I've already given my congratulations to our two AWESOME candidates - Mr. Matthew and Mr. Jake.  They rocked it out and I'm terribly proud of them!  

If you aren't testing on Friday with them, try to stop by so you can experience what YOUR test will be like in 6 months.  Envision YOURSELF being as sharp, as focused, as intense as they are as they cross their big finish line.  Be sure to congratulate them on their achievement earned with hard work, dedication and perseverance.  Do what you need to do to make it YOU up there next time!

Next, a BIG CONGRATULATIONS on ALL candidates getting across the Red Rope this week!  It was a first for DMW and it was awesome to see!  You are all working hard and it shows.

A couple of quick things I want to stress from today's class:

1.  If you are NOT making progress on getting a form checked off within 7-14 days of working on that form then you should seek out assistance - get a Black Belt's advice, do a private, etc.  Don't spin your wheels - be consistently moving forward towards that finish line!

2.  You MUST be proactive for yourself or your child.  If you don't know what you are doing that is preventing you from making progress on anything (not just forms) then go TALK to an INSTRUCTOR.  You have access to some amazing people who love nothing better than sharing their tips, tricks, and hints.  We love to share and all you have to do is ask!

3.  Know Yourself.   Each week pick out two or three things that were the most challenging for you to do and practice them the following week.  This process is all about working on our weak areas while we enhance our strengths.  So, if kicking for height is easy for you GREAT!  Keep up the effort to maintain your height.  If lock outs are difficult then THAT is something you need to double down on and practice even more the following week.

Have a great two weeks of training and I'll see you all on May 16th!

Ms. Paige
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One-Step Questions for Saturday, 16 May (21 weeks to Pre-Test) 

1.  I have Taegeuk Sah Jang checked off.

2.  I have Taegeuk Yuk Jang checked off.

3.  I have Palchugi Il Jang checked off.

4.  I have video taped myself doing Taegeuk Ee, Sah, Yuk AND Palchugi Il, Sam and Oh in the past two weeks. 

5.  I have physically practiced my forms six times in the past two weeks.  (15+ if you know them.)  Use different methods to practice - change directions
-do one Taegeuk for perfect hands/feet/stance and one for strikes/timing.  Then do it with all elements.  
-do one Palchugi for height and one for lock out, then do for both. 
- make sure you have a strong set for the start and finish of each leg of your forms, no rolling from one side into the start of the next side.

6.  I have mentally reviewed each of my curriculum forms (or full set) eight times in the past two weeks.

7.  I have done 225 round kicks on the bags four times in the past two weeks.

8.  I have done 30 pushups 4 times in the past two weeks.

9.  I have done 25 each of crunches 5 ways and 5 bridges at an 8 count four times in the past two weeks.  If you are having trouble with lock outs this is the perfect exercise - lock outs come from core and glute strength.

10.  I have done 4 training runs in the past two weeks.

11.  I worked on my punches, high blocks, double knives, front stances, back stances and walking stances in a mirror four times in the past two weeks (one set of 20 for each).  

12.  I have written down half of my required board breaks in my binder (Due June 6th)

13.  I have written in my binder a sequence of 10 moves for my weapons form.  (Due July 11th).

14.  I have written down two self-defense move/counter in my binder. (Due August 1)

15.  I attended sparring class on May 15th.

16.  I have video taped myself doing my partial weapons form, board breaks or self-defense moves.