One-Step Questions are at the bottom of this post. Please READ all of this information - both the candidate AND the parents so you understand what we are looking for in checking off forms and performing at a Black Belt level.
This week we are focusing on getting Taeguek Il Jang checked off for all candidates. The following two articles are at the top "How to Get a Form Checked Off" tab. We will be reviewing this information in class this week and on Saturday.
Steps to getting a form checked off:
1. Memorize your form. You can't perform it at a Black Belt level if you don't know the next move.
2. Film yourself doing the form. You can probably "see" and fix 75% of things on your own.
3. Watch your video and really look at each row of your form to see what needs to be fixed.
4. Once you have done steps 1-3 THEN go to a black belt and ask them to review your form (video or live).
5. Write down all feedback on a separate piece of paper labelled for JUST that form (a couple of sheets of paper should be behind each form in your binder). Note which Black Belt gave you the feedback and what day they gave it to you.
6. Work on that feedback. This is not taking 10 minutes to work on your chambers in the mirror. This means taking it home, working on it, video taping to be sure it is corrected. Don’t expect to be looked at again until the NEXT CLASS.
7. Go back to the same Black Belt if possible and tell them EXACTLY what you were working on and ask them to review your form. Expect NEW things to come your way – we only give 3-5 things each time to work on. You will probably need 3-5 reviews in order to get a form checked off at a Black Belt level. This is a PROCESS.
8. When the Black Belt you have been working with gives you the go ahead, sign up to have Instructor Dan or Instructor Marcia look at the form.
9. Be prepared to do pushups AND a previously marked off form in order to get your form reviewed.
Last but not least - if you have been working this system for 2-3 weeks and haven't been able to get a specific form checked off you NEED to go see the Instructors to get help. Tell them you have hit a road block and you need a push to get you across the line on that form. Whatever you do, make sure you don't spin your wheels on one specific item for more than 2-3 weeks. The goal is to always keep moving forward -whether you need a Private Lesson or just a few tips the only way to get help is to be proactive on it.
All Taeguek Forms – what needs to be there for check off:
1. Joonbee – three distinct moves and timing on the step out. Step one has your fists under your eyes and “punching the sky” so they stay level. Step two has your elbows pulled straight back so there is no elbow showing at the sides. Step three has your hands off your body and centered over your thighs “punching the ground” with no wrist curling and your feet stepping out at the same time your hands strike.
2. All Walking Stances have a little length between front foot and back foot, width is about shoulder width apart, hips square under shoulders and toes are straight forward with heels straight back.
3. All Front Stances have knee above or behind the ankle (not over the ankle), back foot is flat on the ground with heel straight back, hips are directly under the shoulders and square, to deepen the stance you drop your hips towards the floor. Your width should be wide enough for good stability and your depth should be as deep as you can go and still kick out of it.
4. In a Walking Stance or a Front Stance your shoulders are directly above your hips and squared. Your shoulders should be relaxed (not up by your ears) and back straight. This is the “squaring up” you’ll hear us mention.
5. In a Back Stance – your front toe is straight forward, your back foot is pointed slightly back and 60-70% of your weight is on your back foot. Your shoulders are directly over your hips. Make sure you have some width between your feet and you are not “on a skateboard” – check for stability by having someone push you slightly – if you have to catch yourself you need to be wider in this stance.
6. The Chamber in front of your body is always at a 90 degree angle and flat. If you look in the mirror you should only see the side of your arm and the side of your fist. If you can see any part of the top of your arm or the top of your hand you have a “roll” and you need to straighten it out.
7. The Chamber at your belt should be above your belt line and at 90 degrees tucked tight against your body. From the front you shouldn’t be able to see any elbow poking out the back. Your wrist should be flat and straight – check for “curling” up or down. Going higher or lower with this chamber can sometimes fix curling issues.
8. All high block and outside block Chambers should be symmetrical and off your body. When you look in the mirror you should only be able to see the back sides of your hands and arms (no rolling) and no curling at the wrists. You should have two sides of a diamond shape in front of you with one fist over your opposite leg and one fist level with your cheek bone but off your body.
9. All Inside Block chambers have one chamber at 90 degrees in front, the other chamber should be 90 degrees with your fist pointing up and visible in front of you (don’t pull it back to your ear).
10. Your motions during Taeguek forms should be precise and almost robotic. Every chamber and strike should be sharply defined and your timing needs to be spot on. Your foot and your hand motions need to end at the exact same time.
11. Knife hands have the thumb tucked in tight to the side of the hand and no curling the fingers up. You should be able to bend only the top joint of your fingers with practice – the hand should be flat and flexed during a knife. No wrist curls – to check this, loosen your arm muscles and pinch your wrist then tighten it up again. This should help your straighten out your wrist.
12. In a double knife, the knife hand on your stomach needs to be flat (no cupping) and at the center of your ribs.
13. All punches are with a slight bend in the elbow and a slight downward angle so a marble could roll from your elbow off your knuckle. The punch should be centered on your chest so if you pulled your fist back it comes to the center of your body and your wrist is straight. The only high punch is the second row of Taeguek Ee Jang – all others are done this way.
14. All hand motions are strikes – no placement. When you complete a hand motion, your muscles should tense so your arms and hands stay locked in position. You release the muscles to perform the next motion and end the motion by tightening up your muscles again for the strike and locking in the placement.
15. All elements from the Palchugi Cheat Sheet apply to Taegueks as well – chambering and re-chambering kicks at height, kicking to the line not over it, base foot backwards on side and back kicks, etc. Use these two documents together to help polish your forms.
1. I have Taeguek Il Jang checked off.
2. My parents and I have read the two documents "How to Get a Form Checked off" and "All Taeguek Forms - What needs to be there for check off". I have printed a copy of both and inserted it into my binder for class.
3. I have done 5 perfect pushups 2 times this week.
4. I have done 30 Round Kicks on the bags 2 times this week. Make sure your belt knot is going back and forth, your foot is hitting on the top not the side and you are above the bag line.
5. I have done one run (doesn't have to be the full 1.5 miles).
6. I have done 25 crunches 2 times this week.