2013 Taekwondo Black Belt Candidates Week 16 Training
2013 Taekwondo Black Belt Candidates Week 16 Training
-Purpose of filming each week is to allow the candidates to see what they are good at and what they need to improve. It takes courage to film your flaws for the whole world to see.
March 4, 2013 to March 9, 2013. THE FOCUS ON THIS VIDEO IS FOR THE CANDIDATES TO SEE WHAT THEY HAVE TO FOCUS ON MORE WHEN THEY ARE TRAINING SELF DEFENSE
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Here’s this week’s 2013 Black Belt Candidates training video. It’s a little shorter this week as I decided to just film some patterns and a little self defense this week. Progress is being made but a long way to go yet.
Well we have two topics to talk briefly about today so let’s get started with topic number one. Environmental self defense. Like I have said before self defense is so much more than just the physical defense against an attacker physically trying to hurt you. Self Defense is preparing and preventing harm in all areas of life. Protecting the environment is one aspect of self defense. Way back when humans and animals use to live here. Quite beautiful I think.
Now some of us or a large part of the population lives in places that may or do like something like this. Not really my cup of green tea and hopefully not yours too.
I think since most of us cannot go back to living in the forrest we should place to live somewhere like this. I believe most of you would agree with me.
A way better alternative wouldn’t you say? But how can we prevent our local community from looking like the second picture? Well here is just a few simple tips we can all do today.
Reduce the amount of garbage you create each week
Recycle as much stuff as you can
Re-use as much material as you can before it becomes no longer useful and in working order
Do not litter or throw garbage out of the window of your car
Pick up the odd little bit of trash lying on the ground
Only buy products that come in recyclable packaging(if it comes in packaging)
Volunteer to clean up a local park or beach
Just following the above tips alone will help reduce the negative effects we have on our local environment. Now for topic number two. Injury. Yes I said injury. No one likes them but we all at some point get one, two , or more. It happens. We try to prevent them as much as possible but they happen. They can happen in martial arts, sports, physical activities, at school, at work, or simply walking down the street and getting hit by a elephant driving a motorcycle. Well maybe not that last example. But anyway what do we do if we do get injured? Well first off know your body and whether the injury is bad enough that you have to go see the doctor or health care professional. Once the injury is diagnosed then you need to implement proper treatment for it. Okay now that you are doing that what about the things you use to do like Taekwondo? Do you just sit around and do nothing while you heal? No you do not have to do that unless the injury completely prevents you from training at all. For most minor injuries you can continue to do what you always have been doing but modify them. You need to continue to do the things you did before until you heal so you do not lose your conditioning, get out of shape, get tight from not moving, keep your mind fresh, prevent boredom, and prevent from being lazy.
Here’s a few examples of modifying while injured.
If you hurt one of your arms or hand and your sport or martial arts requires you to do push ups you can always do one arm push ups with the other arm.
Hurt you arm and you are a boxer, you simply train the other arm.
Let’s say you got a knee injury and you are a taekwondoist or kickboxer, you simply work kicks on the other leg or work your hand techniques instead.
If you are a runner have have injured a leg, foot, or knee you can take up swimming to help keep up your cardio training with very little impact on your lower body
If you have an injury that does prevent you from doing anything at all really then you can read books and meditate on your activity. Mental training is huge. Keep those neuro-pathways open and fresh.
I think you got the point. Keep training and keeping moving forward.
1 – We are closed Friday night August 31st for Taekwondo grading. We have 16 students of all ages testing for various ranks from white belt with yellow stripe to blue belt with red stripe. Wishing everyone a successful grading.
2 – We will be closed Monday Sept 3rd for Labour Day. Will reopen Tuesday Sept 4th and ready to go wearing full dobuks(uniforms) again.
Two things here today. Number one is Yes Cobourg Tae Kwon Do is open Monday August 6th for classes. Number two is here is a few videos of some of the competitors I get to hang out with while I am down at the US OPEN every year.
The second community based project finished for the 2012 Black belt Grading here at Cobourg Tae Kwon Do was completed by Sarena Thompson. Sarena who is going for her first degree black belt in June is a nurse who works for one of the local nursing homes here in Cobourg. She asked our lil’ dragons to make up Easter cards for her residents. Sarena handed the cards out to the residents at her work this past Saturday and Sunday. The residents were so thankful and full of joy! Enjoy the pictures.
I would like to thank the lil’ dragons in supporting Ma’am Sarena with her community based project and for creating lots of joy for her elderly residents. Awesome cards!!!!
As I mentioned yesterday I would post some of the past Black Belt Journey Posters that our students have done.
These are the only ones at the moment that I could find. If I find anymore I’ll post them. Keep coming back to see the 2012 Black Belt Journey Posters as they start to come in. I’ll be posting the community based projects the candidates are doing as well.
Also here’s a quick video from Tom Callos on Black Belt grading. He speaks of a few concepts that I really agree with.
Today’s blog is all about WHAT COMES OUT CLOSELY RESEMBLES WHAT GOES IN. Basically what this means is whatever you put into something the results will be close to the effort put forth. So if very little effort is put into something, the results will more than likely be poor. If great effort is put forth, the results more than likely will be far better than poor. However at the same time you need to be putting the right stuff into what you are doing along with the effort. So therefore you need to put 100% effort into what you are doing and know exactly how to do it. You also need to have a goal to get to or obtain or achieve. If you do not have a goal how can you expect to put effort into it or know how to get there. This can refer to almost anything in life in general. This blog is going to talk specifically about training but the concepts are the same for anything you wish to put forth.
Okay so you are at Taekwondo class and you see some of the other students performing a certain kick at a very high performance level. They look awesome doing it. You wish to yourself that you could do that as well. But you tell yourself that you can’t. Well if you just said that then you are 100% correct. Telling yourself that you cannot do something will limit your ability to do it. You have two choices here. 1) You can decide to improve on that kick to the best of your capabilities and beyond. 2) You can simply not do that and get jealous of others who can. I myself would rather choose to improve my kick at the best of my capabilities and go beyond my perceived limits.
But how can I or you do that? Well it’s a lot simpler than you may think. First of you simply have to choose a specific goal and stick to it until it is achieve. Making sure the goal is one that is a reasonable one. Second you need to know how to achieve that goal. This can be achieved by going to Taekwondo classes and learning the proper technique. Truly listen and observe what the instructors are teaching, performing, demonstrating, and saying. Watch other students that have a high level performance of that skill you are trying to learn. Third you need to be 100% effort into it and the class. To learn a head level kick for example requires you to work on your balance, flexibility, foot positions, body positioning, speed, accuracy, and so on and so forth. Each element requires you to put 100% effort into each one of these elements.
Merely wishing for something to get better or comparing yourself to others is not going to get anything done. If you are gonna train for something specific then do it. What you put into it will closely resemble what you get out of it. That is one of the main factors that you get high level performance athletes versus the recreational athlete.
Wow I am back for like a fourth blog on the week. Been super motivated to write this week. Also making up for lost time, Today’s blog is about choosing the right people or examples to follow when you are in your Taekwondo or Martial Arts classes. Actually you can use some of or all of criteria below in other classes as well.
The criteria I picked are; Black Belts or Higher Belts, Proper Technique, Humble, Knowledgable, Helpful, High Energy, Fit/Healthy, Respectful, Disciplined. This is just a small list I came up with. You can certainly add or take away from it but it gives you a general idea. Also as a student or teacher/instructor you want to pick up these traits for yourself. You want to be the best example you can be for yourself as well as for others to follow.
Okay let’s go through each trait quickly. Obviously on top of the list is you want to be following Black Belts or Higher Belts than you. But this is subject-able. Not all Belts are equal. Be careful who you follow as an example for yourself. You want to pick examples of good quality technique. Pick the person with the technique you think it awesome. SOme people are better at certain kicks while others are better at blocks. You can certainly choose to follow various examples. But do pick the techniques that you want to look like. Pick people that are humble to follow. No point in choosing a role model that is cocky about their skills. You’ll unknowingly pick up on that negative trait. Follow the higher belts that truly do know their stuff. You can tell the ones that know what they are talking about versus the ones that just get by. Knowledge is a continuos process.It never stops. Pick the person that is willing to keep learning and admit when they do not know.
The higher belts that will automatically help the lower belts without being asked and doesn’t require any recognition for their efforts is someone to follow. Choose the person who has high energy for that they love to do. If it seems like they just show up and go through the motions then they probably aren’t the ones that you should follow. Choose the ones that makes the simplest blocks super fun. Your role model should be fit and healthy to do the things they ask you to do. They lead by example. If they ask you to do 100 push ups, have they done it before? The example you choose to follow in class should be a respectful person. Do they treat others with respect and are courteous? Your role model should be well disciplined in class. Do they stand properly in line, do they answer YES SIR or NO SIR, do they talk in class when they are not suppose to? Choose your role models in class wisely and choose to be an awesome example for others to follow.