Saturday, July 30, 2016

One-Step Questions, Saturday 6th August - 10 weeks to Pre-Test!

Candidates - I hope you have been working on your mnemonic devices the past couple of weeks - next week we are rolling to randomized forms!  See last week's post if you want more information on how to create mnemonics.


Remember what we talked about it class today - anyone can do something sloppy.  Take your time and focus on just how GREAT you can be!  

One-Step Questions for Saturday, 6th August - 10 Weeks to the Pre-Test!


1. I have physically practiced all 12 of my lower forms 4 times and mentally reviewed them (writing them down, speaking out loud and/or reviewing in your head) 4 times over the past week.  (This is a 2 hour committment this week). 


One of these times you should be focused on going SLOW and checking each stance to make sure you are doing it perfectly.  Get to know what your body feels like when you are doing it to the best of your ability.  

One time through should be video taped - watch yourself and see your progression of forms - at what point do you start getting sloppy?  Are you able to make it through the full 30 minutes of forms without dropping your hands, cheating your stances, not striking?   Remember - the Pre-Test is anywhere from 4-6 HOURS long.  

***NOTE: You must do Question #1 to continue down the floor!***

2. I have Palchugi Ee, Sah and Yuk Jang checked off. (Due July 25th)

3.  I have Taeguek Ee Jang checked off. (Due September 3rd)

4. I video taped myself doing the form I am working on, my board breaks, my weapons form and my self-defense (with partners) in the past week.

5. I have done 2 sets of 25 Perfect Pushups plus 20 Side-Plank Pushups (Pushup Position to Side Plank, Pushup to other side Plank = 1 set) 3 times in the past week.

6. I have done 325 round kicks on the bags 3 times in the past week.

7. I have done 25 crunches 5 ways (25x5=125 total crunches each session) 3 times in the past week plus 5 Elephant pose for a 10 second count (go to Downward Dog, drop your knees so you hover over the floor and shift your body forward so your shoulders are beyond your hands) and 5 boat pose for a 10 second count (get in a Crunchy Frog position then extend your hands out to your sides and straighten out your legs with toes pointed) this week.

8. I have done 2 training runs in the past week

9. I have my weapons form completed and memorized. (Due July 16th.)

10. I have at least 5 of my sparring classes checked off. (If you don't have 5 classes at this point you need to talk to Instructor Dan or Instructor Chris about getting enough sparring in to pass this requirement.)

11.  I have all of my Self-Defense attack and defense combination moves written down in my journal. (Due August 6th)

12.  I have done two rounds of partner sparring - two minutes each with a 30 second break in between (total sparring time is 4 minutes) 2 times in the past week.  Try out partners to see who you want to partner with for taping.

13.  I have my song selected for my weapons form.

14.  I have practiced my board break combinations 2 times over the past week.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

One-Step Questions for Saturday, 30th July - 11 Weeks to the PreTest!

Good luck with testing this week Candidates!  Be prepared to do ANY of the lower 12 forms.  If you are struggling with memorization, work on your Mnemonic Devices!


Mnemonics are memory devices that help learners recall larger pieces of information, especially in the form of lists like characteristics, steps, stages, parts, phases, etc. We knew back in 1967 from a study by Gerald R. Miller that mnemonics increased recall. He found that students who regularly used mnemonic devices increased test scores up to 77%! (From an article in The Learning Center Exchange.)


One-Step Questions for Saturday, 30th July - 11 Weeks to the PreTest!


1. I have physically practiced all 12 of my lower forms 8 times and mentally reviewed them (writing them down, speaking out loud and/or reviewing in your head) 8 times over the past 2 weeks.

***NOTE: You must do Question #1 to continue down the floor!***

2. I have Palchugi Ee and Sah Jang checked off. (Due July 25th)

3.  I have Palchugi Yuk Jang checked off. (Due July 25th)

4. I video taped myself doing the form I am working on, my board breaks, my weapons form and my self-defense (with or without partners) in the past 2 weeks.

5. I have done 50 Perfect Pushups in a row without breaks plus 20 Side-Plank Pushups (Pushup Position to Side Plank, Pushup to other side Plank = 1 set) 6 times in the past 2 weeks.

6. I have done 300 round kicks on the bags 6 times in the past 2 weeks (use a couch cushion, pillow or even kicks in the air at home).

7. I have done 25 crunches 5 ways (25x5=125 total crunches each session) 6 times in the past 2 weeks.

8. I have done 5 training runs in the past 2 weeks.

9. I have my weapons form completed and I have been working on memorization.  I have at least a 30 move section memorized. (Due July 16th.)

10. I have at least three of my sparring classes checked off. 

11.  I have 6 Self-Defense attack and defense combination moves written down in my journal. (Due August 6th)

12.  I have done two rounds of air sparring or partner sparring at two minutes each with a 30 second break in between (total air sparring time is 4 minutes) 4 times in the past two weeks.

13.  I have three proposed song selections for my weapons form.  Do your form to these songs and see if you think they work for your weapon.  Tape yourself and ask for advice from the teaching team on which song you should pick.

14.  I have practiced my board break combinations 4 times over the past 2 weeks.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

One-Step Questions for Saturday, 16th July - 13 Weeks to Pre-Test

Candidates - this set of One-Step Questions will cover the next 2 weeks as there are NO CLASSES at the dojo from the 4th-9th of July.  Just because you aren't there doesn't mean you can't practice - clear a space in your kitchen, practice at the park, do forms in the pool (I've done it and it is a SERIOUS work out - my quads burned for days!).  Have FUN with it and be creative!  I look forward to hearing all the places you practiced when we meet again on the 16th July - person with the best story wins!  Post a picture to the Black Belt training private facebook group or if you want to send me a photo to post on the blog (with your parent's permission) you can!

One-Step Questions for Saturday, 16th July (13 Weeks to Pre-Test)

1. I have physically practiced all 12 of my lower forms 8 times and mentally reviewed them (writing them down, speaking out loud and/or reviewing in your head) 8 times over the past 2 weeks.

***NOTE: You must do Question #1 to continue down the floor!***

2. I have Palchugi Ee Jang checked off. (Due July 25th)

3. I have Palchugi Sah Jang checked off. (Due July 25th)

4.  I have Palchugi Yuk Jang checked off. (Due July 25th)

5. I video taped myself doing the form I am working on for check off and have reviewed it for technique.

6. I have done 50 Perfect Pushups in a row without breaks 6 times in the past 2 weeks.

7. I have done 250 round kicks on the bags 6 times in the past 2 weeks (use a couch cushion, pillow or even kicks in the air at home).

8. I have done 25 crunches 5 ways (25x5=125 total crunches each session) plus 25 abs of your choice 6 times in the past 2 weeks.

9. I have done 5 training runs in the past 2 weeks.

10. I have my weapons form completed and I have been working on memorization.  I have at least a 20 move section memorized for show at the next class. (Due July 16th.)

11. I have at least three of my sparring classes checked off.  (Try to be consistent with going to this class - sparring for black belt is very hard to do if you haven't been consistently working on it.  It is a different type of cardio than running or even forms.)

12.  I have 3 Self-Defense attack and defense combination moves written down in my journal. (Due August 6th)

13.  I have done two rounds of air sparring (you don't need a partner just stay busy like shadow boxing) at two minutes each with a 30 second break in between (total air sparring time is 4 minutes) 4 times in the past two weeks.

14.  I have three proposed song selections for my weapons form.  Do your form to these songs and see if you think they work for your weapon.  Tape yourself and ask for advice from the teaching team on which song you should pick.

15.  I have begun thinking about who I want to be my partners for Self-Defense and Board Breaks.  Think about who is willing to put in the same amount of effort that you are putting in and can be relied upon to be a good partner.  See who is available at the same times you can come in to practice - are they willing to meet after school, can they stay late on Saturday or meet on Sunday to practice, can they come early to classes, etc.

16.  I have practiced my board break combinations 4 times over the past 2 weeks and have made one tweak to improve my combinations - you can add a dynamic, put in a dramatic ki-hap, change the rhythm, add a jump, etc.