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Records, comments and thoughts on the martial art training I started with my daughter.

Still hurt

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Published on: July 13, 2009

So here it is Monday night a little after midnight and I still hurt from Saturday TKD even though I only did half the class before hitting some kind of metabolic wall. Things started off well and I went for maybe twenty or 30 minutes before I started feeling increasingly lightheaded. About five minutes after that started I started to gray out and my body felt about as weak as a kitten’s. Embarassing as hell.

I’ve gotten light headed from exercising before but that hasn’t happened in a while. All I can think of was that I’d eaten pancakes with syrup about an hour to hour and fifteen minutes before class and somehow all the sugar andcarbohydrates did something ugly to my insulin levels which, in turn, blocked access to some metabolic pathway. As far as I can tell, once I used up the fuel  stored in my muscles I didn’t have anything else available.Going forward I’ve got to skip the high carb breakfast on Saturday morning and get something with a little protein in me a couple hours before class.

Even with the limited workout I got I still feel like I’ve been punched in the stomach my Mike Tyson. Crunches and leg lifts with a 10lb medicine ball followed by some evil pike position followed later by another round of crunches has left my upper abdominals in agony.

10 weeks until the Fayetteville tournement

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Published on: June 11, 2009

So it’s going to be about ten weeks until the AMA tournement here in Fayetteville. I’m absolutely going to compete which means I’m going to need to set some goals, have a plan and track to that plan. So why not just go crazy:

10 week goals

  1. Increase the maximum height of my side kick by 12 inches
  2. Replace single front leg round kick with a reliable low-high / high-low combination (why throw one when you can throw two)
  3. Add a functional spin kick component to my bag of tricks (spin side, spin hook, spin heel)
  4. Lose 10 lbs of fat

So those are the goals. Now I just need the plan.

Belt test results – Success and disappointment

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Published on: June 11, 2009

So I did advance to senior green but my average score wasn’t as high as previous tests and I got my first “Needs practice”.

Boxing & Pad work

Intensity : Good
Punching from Guard: Needs Practice (I’m dropping my hands)
Hip & Shoulder Twist: Excellent
Stance: Excellent
Flow: Excellent


Control: Outstanding
Combinations: Excellent (Combos are two or three moves, try to extend to four and five if possible)
Set Balance: Outstanding
Overall Confidence: Outstanding

Forms and Basics

Stances: Excellent
Hips: Excellent
Reaction Force: Outstanding
Intensity: Good
Sine Wave: Excellent
Focus: Excellent

I’m still on Song Song and Yong Gom forms so I can take the next 90 days and really focus on my pad work and keeping my hands up as well as go through both forms and make sure that I’m not getting sloppy with my stances and I’m really dropping into the moves and getting that extra snap into them. Fortunately, Mr Price and the sparring class is really helping with learning to keep my hands up, I dropped them a few times last night when I was tired and almost got my head knocked off.

Spending time with an old bag

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Published on: June 9, 2009

So the gym fell through this afternoon so I spent some time going through pad drills one through five on the beat up old wavemaster in my garage. Not as rough as the typical class at the dojang but I at least got my heart rate up, worked up a sweat and wore the skin off one of my knuckles.

I asked the girls for a set of boxers hand wraps for Fathers Day.

TKD Belt Testing – Bumblebee and Senior Green

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Published on: June 8, 2009

korean-flag-largeEmily tested for her senior yellow today. She’s very enthusiastic but I need to spend more time working with her out of class on both her forms and the curriculum. I’m so proud of her. She has great enthusiasm and want her to build that pattern of success that will carry her forward in life.

Today was also belt testing for my senior green belt. As usual, I’m not too pleased with my performance. I thought I’d gone throught the forms enough but I got about halfway through Song Song and went completely blank. I was able to re-focus and start back up again and get through all 70 moves of Song Song and Yong Gom but I pretty obviously blanked in the middle.

We did the three Muay Thai mitt drills and I barely know the first.  It helps immensely to have a good pad holder and Gary helped me out alot by putting the pads where they needed to be. I just had to hit them. Still, I really need to spend more time on the bag at home to grind those drills into my reptile brain.

I didn’t puke in sparring and I didn’t turn into a punching bag. That’s really all I have to say about that.

The high point of testing was breaking three boards with a step behind side kick. We had two choices: three with a step behind side kick or two with a jump spin side kick. I took the easy way out and did the step behind since I knew I could pull it off. Next time I need to be as confident with the jump spin side kick.

So over all I’m about as pleased with my performance as I ever am which is to say, not at all. The strength training in the gym seems to be helping out with my power but I’m going to need to spend a minimum of 30 minutes on the bag on the days that I’m not in class.

Mitt Drills

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Published on: August 16, 2008
These are the mitt drills for my taekwondo class. I’ve lost and rediscovered the sheet for this a number of times (which speaks poorly of my filing system) so I’m putting it here where it won’t be lost.
Set 1 Mitt Drills

  1. Jab, Cross
  2. Jab, Cross, Hook Punch
  3. Jab, Cross, Turning Round Kick
  4. Jab, Cross, Step Through Left Cross, Left Turning Round Kick
  5. Jab, Jab, Right Cross, Left Hook, Right Hook, Right Front Kick
  6. Jab, Cross, Left Horizontal Elbow, Right Downward Diagonal Elbow, Right Knee, Right Front Kick

Set 2 Mitt Drills – Blue Belts and Above

  1. Lead Leg Round Kick, Jab, Cross, Lead Leg Round Kick
  2. Lead Leg Round Kick, Jab, Cross, Turning Round Kick
  3. Jab, Cross, Left Upward Hook Punch, Right Downward Hook Punch, Right Knee, Left Turning Kick
  4. Step Up Lead Leg Front Kick, Jab, Cross, Hook Punch, Lead Leg Back Kick

Set 3 Mitt Drills – Red Belts and Above

  1. Jab, Cross, Hook, Cross, Turn Kick, Hook, Cross, Switch Kick, Cross, Hook, Turn Kick, Shield Out
  2. Jab, Cross, Elbow, Elbow, Knee, Elbow, Elbow, Switch Knee, Elbow, Elbow, Knee, Shield Out

Blue Stripe Curriculum

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Published on: August 16, 2008

Emily will need to learn the following drills to move up to the kids purple dragon belt. Only purple and black little dragon left before she joins the big kid TKD class.

Red Stripe (pad work)

  • Left leg forward sparring stance
  • Right Punch, left punch, right elbow
  • Left switch knee, right round kick

White Stripe (sparring)

  • Left leg forward sparring stance
  • Fake step
  • Left outer forearm block, left low block, right outer forearm block, right low block

Blue Stripe (kicking)

  • Left leg forward sparring stance
  • Step together front leg round kick (instep)
  • Step together front leg side kick
  • Step together front leg front kick

Black Stripe (forms and basics)

  • Middle punch
  • Front stance both right and left

Swole up with manliness

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Published on: April 12, 2008

I can punch through boards.

Today was the big board breaking for charity event at my dojang. I never really got the breaking boards thing until today. Oh man it is fun. It’s one thing to kick a pad and do forms but when you really let loose and put your fist or foot through a chunk of wood you get a total high off it. I’m probably sweating 90% testosterone at this point.

I’ll have to see if any of the pictures turned out.

Escrima, sore shoulders and Zen Master Dogen

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Published on: March 13, 2008

It seems that every time I think that I’ve the body trained enough to work (well at least to get by if not perform at the level I want) without getting too sore, we do something different and I find a whole new set of muscles that haven’t been doing a damned thing for the last decade.

Last night we did some sparring and I took a shot right in the shin splint which is a whole universe of pain but following that we did escrima. Since I’d never done it before I didn’t get to spar with them but I got to practice the basic heaven six drill. I’m not used to having both arm up and swinging like that but I did get going pretty well with the gentleman who was teaching me the drill. So of course this morning my shoulders are both sore as hell. Fun though. I probably enjoy swinging a weapon more than trying to limber up and train my stiff old frame to be one. Which means, of course, that I need to focus more on the latter.

On a totally different note, my wife got me the zen day calendar for Christmas. I’ve had one page that I saved sitting on my desk for the last two months so I thought I’d put it here as well just so it doesn’t get lost:

Refraining from all evil, not clinging to birth and death, working in deep compassion for all sentient beings, respecting those over you and pitying those below you, without any detesting or desiring, worrying, or lamentation – this is what is called Buddha. Do not search beyond it.


When I first read this I got stuck on the respect/pity part but, after thinking about it for a while, that is probably a reaction to how we frequently conflate pity with superiority rather than simply recognizing pity as sympathy and sorrow for the pain of others. Similarly there shouldn’t be resentment in admitting that there are people with a clearer view and greater compassion than my own any more than I would resent admitting that there are people who are better at math.

Shin splints

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Published on: March 10, 2008

So apart from a nasty case of the flu I’ve been going to TKD pretty regularly. I’m totally wiped out when I walk out of the dojang but at least I’m not crippled by sore muscles. Jyllian says I look like I’m losing weight which is one of reasons I love her: she lies.

No, having made my way through the tortures of sore muscles I had about a week before my body decided to again remind me that I was fast approaching middle age. It started out small, just two little sore spots on the fronts of my shins. Just enough to make me think “that’s odd, I didn’t know I had muscles there to make sore”. And over a week it blossomed into feeling like leprechauns with baseball bats were trying to knock their pots of gold out of my pant legs.

Skipped a few times and have just done push-ups, sit-ups and kicks at home and I’m about ready to go back on Wednesday. I’ll just have to take it easy with the jumping rope until whatever I tore up has a chance to rebuild.

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