Saturday, January 28, 2017

One-Step Questions for Saturday, 4th February - 10 Weeks to the Pre-Test

One-Step Questions - Saturday, 4th February - 10 Weeks to the Pre-Test!

1. I have physically practiced all 12 of my lower forms for 3 sessions this week doing forms in the 4 different styles we practiced today - Gorilla Style (strong arms and strikes), Height of Kicks, Perfect Stances and Longer Lockouts.

A session of forms = you do the forms in a row, if you have a goof you re-do that form until you have it memorized and then you move on to the next form.  We are having too many memory flubs at this point in the game.

2. I have mentally reviewed all of my 12 lower forms 5 times this week.

***You MUST complete steps 1 and 2 in order to be eligible to continue down the floor and cross the Red Rope!***

3. I have done 60 pushups this week with the first 50 consecutive without dropping or breaking - 3 times this week.

4. I have done 300 Round Kicks on the bags 3 times this week and 500 round kicks once.

5. I have done 3 training runs this week - one of which was 1.5 miles.  Note the time in your binder and be prepared to share the time as you take the step forward.

6. I have done 25 crunches 5 ways (total of 125 crunches) 3 times this week.

7. I have my weapons form written down and memorized (Due January 14th)

8. I have Taeguek El, Sam and Oh Jang checked off. (Due Jan 21)

9.  I have Palchugi Ee Jang checked off.  (Due February 25th)

10. I have my self-defense moves/counters written in my binder and have memorized one for show. (Due February 4th)

11. I have practiced my board break combinations at least 2 times this week using practice pads or re-breakable boards and partners for testing my flow and spacing.

12. I have at least 10 hours of teaching time logged towards my 30 hour requirement.

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

14. 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.

15.  I attended Yoga class this morning.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

One-Step Questions Saturday, 28th January - 11 Weeks to the Pre-Test!

We have testing this week so there will be no class until next Saturday, 28th.  These questions will cover 2 weeks.

One-Step Questions - Saturday, 28th January - 11 Weeks to the Pre-Test!

1. I have physically practiced all 12 of my lower forms (the 6 Palchugi plus 6 Taeguek just like we practice in class) 5 times the past 2 weeks.

2. I have mentally reviewed all of my 12 lower forms 5 times the past two weeks.

***You MUST complete steps 1 and 2 in order to be eligible to continue down the floor and cross the Red Rope!***

3. I have done 50 consecutive pushups 5 times in the past two weeks - this means 50 in a row without any breaks or dropping to your knees.  If you are unable to do this, please note in your journal how many you were able to accomplish each session and talk with the Instructors.

4. I have done 250 Round Kicks on the bags 5 times in the past two weeks.

5. I have done 3 training runs in the past two weeks - one must be the full 1.5 miles.  Note in your journal what your time was for the full 1.5 mile run.

6. I have done 25 crunches 5 ways (total of 125 crunches) 5 times in the past two weeks.

7. I have my weapons form written down and have been working on memorization.  You should be able to perform at least half of this form from memory now.  (Due January 14th)

8. I have Taeguek El Jang checked off. (Due Jan 21)

9. I have Taeguek Sam Jang checked off. (Due Jan 21)

10.  I have Taeguek Oh Jang checked off. (Due Jan 21)

11. I have more than half of my self-defense moves/counters written in my binder. (Due February 4th)

12.  I have memorized at least one of my self-defense sequences and have practiced with live partners for flow.

13. I have practiced my board break combinations at least 4 times in the past 2 weeks.

14. I have at least 6 hours of teaching time logged towards my 30 hour requirement.

15. I have done two rounds of air sparring with a partner at two minutes each with a 30 second break (total of 4 minutes sparring) 4 times in the past 2 weeks.

16. I attended Yoga class this morning!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

One-Step Questions for Saturday, 14th January - 13 weeks to the Pre-Test!

Congratulations to Ms. Elinor who made it across the Red Rope this week working on a 3 week set of One-Step Questions!  I was impressed with her dedication and how she broke the tasks down to daily to-do lists for open mat time.  I'm looking forward to awarding your prize this week for a job well done! 


All those who made it on to the mats - give yourselves a pat on the back!  Even if you didn't make it across the rope, every step you take gets you closer to your ultimate goal - getting your black belt.

Remember our analogy today - doing the One-Step questions is getting your pot of water boiling and ready for your secret ingredients.  Each item you've been given to work on is one ingredient in the recipe that will turn you into a black belt.  Get cooking this week!



One-Step Questions - Saturday, 14th January - 13 weeks to the Pre-Test


1. I have physically practiced all 12 of my lower forms (the 6 Palchugi plus 6 Taeguek just like we practice in class) 3 times this week.

2. I have mentally reviewed all of my 12 lower forms 3 times this week.

***You MUST complete steps 1 and 2 in order to be eligible to continue down the floor and cross the Red Rope!***


3. I have done 45 pushups 3 times in the past week.

4. I have done 200 Round Kicks 3 times in the past week.

5. I have done 2 training runs this week.

6. I have done 100 crunches 3 times this week.

7. I have my weapons form written down and am working on memorization.  (Due January 14th)

8. I have Taeguek El Jang checked off.

9. I have Taeguek Sam Jang checked off.

10. I have half of my self-defense moves/counter moves written in my binder.  (Due February 4th)

11. I have practiced my board break combinations this week 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.

12. I have at least 4 hours of teaching time logged towards my requirements.

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) 3 times in the past week.  You can substitute the sparring class for this step.

14. I have two 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 attended Yoga class this morning!