May Candidate Group - practicing your forms is the back bone of your Black Belt journey. If you don't get your forms checked off you cannot become a Black Belt. My expectation is that EVERYONE who says they are a May Candidate WILL take the first two steps forward when we meet on November 19th. If you aren't willing to do that much then you aren't committed to the journey just the dream.
One-Step Questions - Saturday, 19th Novmeber
1. I have physically practiced all 6 Palchugi forms 6 times in the past 2 weeks. This should take approximately 15-20 minutes per session. This is a great way to warm up and a great way to wrap up your training sessions at the dojo.
2. I have mentally reviewed all 6 Palchugi forms 6 times in the past 2 weeks - this can be saying the form out loud, writing it down or stepping through the form in your head.
***You MUST complete steps 1 and 2 in order to be eligible to continue down the floor and cross the Red Rope! Commit to the journey not just the dream.***
3. I video taped myself doing the form I am working on for check off and reviewed that tape three times:
- one time through for overall performance
- one time through focusing on foot placement/kicks/chambers
- one time through for hand chambers/strikes/timing/curls
4. I have practiced my front, round, back, ax and hook kicks this week, 10 kicks each for 6 sessions in the past 2 weeks.
- Front kick - get your knee up, kick out straight with toe pointed and re-chamber at height.
- Round kick - kick to the line not over, re-chamber so your thigh is on the line and your foot goes back to your bum,
- Back kick - focus on knee up, foot with a good knife edge, extend all the way out so your joints form a single line and re-chamber your knee all the way to your side so it is almost touching your elbow.
- Ax kicks - focus on spotting high on the wall to keep your head stable, slow up and regular speed down, toe up on the upswing and down as you come down.
- Hook kicks - focus on knee up like a back kick with a pointed toe and good reach on your extension.
5. I have done 20 perfect pushups 6 times in the past two weeks.
6. I have done 75 Round Kicks on the bags 6 times in the past 2 weeks.
7. I have done 4 training runs in the past 2 weeks. Two of these must be the full 1.5 mile.
8. I have done 10 crunches 5 ways (total of 50 crunches per session) 6 times in the past 2 weeks. Focus on doing these with a 1 second hold at the top of the crunch. Slower is better when it comes to ab work.
9. I have written down 1 self-defence sequence in my binder. This should be a 3-5 move/counter move combination. (Due February 4th)
10. I have written down one of my board break combinations and practiced it physically for flow. (Due December 17th)
11. I created a "game plan" for each day I was at the dojo to make sure I get across the line on Saturday.
12. I have written down a five move sequence with my weapon. This doesn't have to be the beginning of your form - just a 5 move sequence that feels good. (Due January 14th)