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    Glad you were able to get your vaccine!

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      Mianevem I think it's very important to be able to do something even if you're injured and can't do what you want to do. It happens to all of us at some time, but so long as we can still do something, even if it's "only" improving our teaching ability, then our time isn't wasted. And sometimes, when there are moments when I have to sit out and I just watch everyone else, I see something, perhaps a mistake that someone keeps doing, or how someone else has improved, or something that helps me perform better.

      Day 563

      📌 Daily Floss
      📌 Counting Victories
      📌 Breathe Easy

      ​​ Programme
      - Chapter 30 Age of Pandora
      Tuck jumps are off the menu but squats are do-able, so that's what I did. Then, when I got to the end of the chapter and I had to choose, my S-pen slipped on my tablet and selected for me. Looks like I'll be doing Part II.
      ​​​​​​​​​ Challenge:
      - day 23 Balance

      ​ Taekwondo training. While everyone else was running back and forth, I walked. Fast walking, mind you, but I walked. I did do a couple of laps of backward running, but I felt it a bit too much in the hammy so I didn't do much of that. After all the running (well done, everyone!), we lined up and did 20 punches. Then down on the floor and 10 push-ups. Front line moved to the back and the other lines moved forward. Another 10. Rinse, repeat. And another 10. Etc etc. For a total of 50. Confession: didn't make it. The GM was counting as he was doing them but I simply couldn't do my full and perfect (like his) push-ups as quickly as he did. I think my total count was only about 42. Last week, we did 30 (3 x 10), and he's saying that next week, we'll try for 1 x 15 and 4 x 10, then 2 x 15 and 2 x 10, then 1 x 20 and... By the end of the term (his is week 3 and term end in week 9), we should all be getting to 50 easily. Ah, I wish!! Another couple of laps of running/walking, then three-forward-three-back with all the blocks forward and knife hand back in horse stance. On to kicking. 10 x instep each leg but for me, it was 20 x for the left leg. Then turning kick. Because of the way you push through with the supporting leg, that hurt when I kicked with the left, so that one was 20 x for the right leg but only to about chest height. Axe kick (20 x left); down kick (20 x left); and hook kick (that was done with the right leg). Ah, but that poor old left leg. It's going to have words with me tomorrow, I'm sure! Then we did a skip and cut kick, but we had to hold the leg in recovery position for a second before we put it down. Three or four forward then the same back without turning, so each leg got a go and that was all right. Then skip and cut kick with hold and then the leg was turned outward to parry a kick. An awkward move initially but everyone seemed to get it. We had to partner up and, using pool noodles, had one person cut kick, then parry. I partnered our new white belt as this wasn't going to be a happening for me. I showed her how to do a cut kick, the importance of pulling the knee as close to the chest as possible, the right angle of the foot. She got it and did quite well, though said that the parry felt quite unnatural. I concur!

      Saw the physio today. I kind of know what to do to rehab the hammy, given I'd torn the left last year, but I don't really know what I shouldn't do. It took about 10 months to get the left almost back to where it had been (I'm still not quite sure about it) and I wonder if it was partly because I was doing things that I didn't know not to do. I wanted to check out these things. The physio was pleased that I hadn't ripped it out of its insertion point, but I'll ripped some fibres on the innerside. Happily, he reckons that it should take about four weeks. I really hope he's not just being optimistic! I have to rest it for another week, and next week I see him again and I start loading. For the time being, however, no running (except backwards because that loads the quads, not the hammies), no jumps (hence no tuck jumps in Pandora), and no lunges. To warm-up, walking, including fast walking so long as it doesn't hurt, laterals so long as I don't lean down to touch the floor, and backward running. Only low kicks with the right, and nothing explosive. But that leaves heaps of stuff I can do, and if it really is only four weeks... But I won't mind (too much) if it takes a bit longer. Not everything goes to plan.

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        Good to see that you still have a lot open to you.

        Nothing to stop you from becoming a battle rope fanatic for the next four weeks.

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          Quick healing to you sir! And, by any chance, would you be interested in becoming a muay mat (heavy puncher) fighter? I warmly recommend, no need for fine kicks when you have hands and elbows

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            CaptainCanuck So right there, so right...
            TheGrayLynx I'm more for precision and beauty of form, which is why I do Poomsae. While I do like punching, I don't like boxing, which is what muay mat seems mostly to be. But there is the heavy bag to play with. If only it weren't outside and this is winter.

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              Ah yea i was just kidding I really admire and enjoy watching more technical arts such as tkd, karate or even some more obscure ones like Engolo, i like how much effort you have to put in them to just perfect the technique and form, its beautiful (and effective of course ). One of the things why i enjoy reading your log is the fact how eloquently and insightfully you describe classes- i like learning about other arts and you do good work in describing tkd to those like me who have not trained in it. Its just im more drawn to the more direct and physical forms like muay mat, perhaps its just because i like the "up close and personal" aspect more in my own style But to me, every martial art has its beauty

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                Day 564

                📌 Daily Floss
                📌 Counting Victories
                📌 Breathe Easy

                ​​ Programme
                - Chapter 30 Age of Pandora All my climbers were slow today.
                ​​​​​​​​​ Challenge:
                - day 24 Balance

                ​ Poomsae training. Straight into it tonight. A couple of laps of ball kick landing in long stance, then another couple ditto with double punch. Generally, with these sort of drills, we do a move from some pattern, often it's just half a station (patterns are symmetrical, and in at least the colour-belt patterns, what is done to the left is then repeated to the right, then there is a station forward, then a left and right again, and often again, then there is a station toward the back, then the whole left/right thing until you end up exactly back where you started) which is repeated to the end of the lap and then the other side is done. We never know what we'll be doing until the coach tells us, and then it's a case of watch this, now do it. Tonight, he did a station from Pyongwon (fourth black belt pattern). I was like "what? Show that again!" It was something along the lines of, start in long stance, right forward, left elbow up, left hand behind head -> ball kick -> back side kick, land in L-stance (now facing back) -> mid-section double knife hand block, lower section double knife hand block. Takes much longer to say it than to do it! Anyway, struggled through that. Then we did another section, and then a third. Turns out Pyongwon is a rather short pattern. We did all the sections without (in my case) really knowing we were doing all the sections. Only a few other people did not know the pattern at all. We lined up and then did the whole pattern. I did the first bit but by the time I kind of caught up to where people were at, it was all over but at least I managed to get the last move done too! We broke up to practice what we knew or, for those of us who were baffled, to do Taebaek (which I had only just learnt again on Wednesday). I tried to do Pyongwon but I just couldn't remember enough to do it any justice, so I had a go at Taebaek. But I was baffled there too. Why was I finishing so far away from my starting point? As far as you go forward, you go back (I think there is only one pattern where this is not true), and in comps you have to be within a foot's length of your starting point or it's a .3 deduction. But I was metres away! Then I realised that I was doing a 270 degree turn instead of a 90 degree turn. Makes all the difference!! We were called back and the coach said to get ready to do Taebaek, and when people looked at him surprised, he laughed because he had meant to say Pyongwon, and then he said, why not Taebaek? So we did Taebaek twice and I didn't turn the wrong way. But then we had to do Pyongon twice and I had NO idea which way I was supposed to be turning! It was ugly and messy but I did finish in the right position. If I weren't doing Elite Poomsae, I would be doing one new black belt pattern for each next dan, but we do more in Elite so now, even though I'm not a first dan yet (that'll be at the end of the year), I know three and a bit black belt patterns. By the end of the term, that'll likely be four. Knowing them, however, is completely different from being able to do them accurately, with good timing, and the right power. All that comes from practice. And practice, and more practice.

                TheGrayLynx I started Taekwondo after watching my daughter at an introductory lesson where she was taught a very simple way of breaking out of someone's grip. I thought that was clever so I started at the next class. About a term later, I discovered poomsae and I wanted to start that in the new year (so, after I had done two terms) but my daughter wanted to give sparring a go. I knew she wouldn't do it if I didn't do it too so that was how I got into sparring. And how my arm got broken in my first comp... While I was still in my cast, I started Elite Poomsae and I absolutely love the precision of it all. Guess I'm a lover, not a fighter.

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                  Day 565

                  📌 Daily Floss
                  📌 Counting Victories
                  📌 Breathe Easy

                  ​​ Programme
                  - Chapter 31 Age of Pandora Today was a bit difficult - the high knees had to be march steps but the plank walk-outs had me baffled when I tried to think of an appropriate alternative, so I just (carefully) did plank jacks again.
                  ​​​​​​​​​ Challenge:
                  - day 25 Balance

                  In one of my training notebooks, I have written down precise instructions for every self-defence, hand routine, 1-step, 3-step, and pattern that I need to know. But I hadn't done many of the black belt patterns, though I had recently written in Keumgang and, on the other side of the page, added the comments that we are given (things like how the prep is, the precise angle of hand or feet). So today I went through Taebaek and I hope tomorrow to do the same for Pyongwon. I also have to figure out the three things that I want to focus on to improve this term. We were told to do this last week for this coming Monday. Initially, I thought, oh yes, must improve my stances and etc etc etc, but on Friday the coach used one lad's foci as an example, and they were such things as pulling back the toes in ball kick, and ensuring that the fists were tight - really very specific things, and it was, for me, a lightbulb moment. Of course, how can I focus on something that is so broad? A focus is a small thing - the spotlight narrows onto just one small point. So what are my points, the things I can have anyone watch out for, the things that, come the end of the term, I can look at and say, yes, that's a bit better? And that's when things became more difficult. With so many things to improve, it's hard to pick three little things and quite honestly, I don't think there are three little things to choose. My things are just too big! So I'm choosing a big thing - memory and recall - because that should be something I can see improve; and then a couple of littler things, like keeping my thumbs tucked in and... er, okay, I haven't worked the last one out yet but I've got until Monday evening!

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                    Yea choosing an improvement focus is always so hard. This might sound stupid, and im no expert, but have you considered thinking about the things your sparring partners do that are really hard to counter? like if i use myself as an example, when i was a beginner, my leg defence was really shoddy. So i practiced shin destroyer block and reactive push block every time i had the chance, and tried to mimick others. Eventually i strated to pick up the idea, and actually now my leg defence is pretty good Like if you think "whoa that dude can really evade my axe kick, do i relay it much" or something that sorts Dont know if this makes any sense, but it worked for me Anyhow have a fine day!

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                      Day 566

                      📌 Daily Floss
                      📌 Counting Victories
                      📌 Breathe Easy

                      ​​​​​ Programme
                      - Chapter 32 Age of Pandora
                      ​​​​​​​​​​​​ Challenge:
                      - day 26 Balance
                      ​​ Challenge:
                      - day 1 Re-center This one looked like a bit of fun, and I'm just really into side leg raises... ​​

                      TheGrayLynx It's not sparring that I have a problem with - not any more, that is! It's Poomsae. I'm guessing that, like the majority of people on this planet (and, possibly, any other), you don't know exactly what Poomsae is. This is what I watch when I want to feel inspired. It was the first freestyle Poomsae I'd really watched and it was what captured me. Now, aerials are probably not on my to-do list, and I'll probably never actually do any freestyle Poomsae, but that doesn't mean I can't dream! Freestyle is more acrobatic than traditional Poomsae which uses set patterns (or forms); freestyle is designed by the practitioner and uses kicks that aren't in patterns - like the tornado kick - whereas Koryo is Koryo the world over. What I particularly like about this pair is that, despite the height and ability differences, their timing is impeccable. Precise, you see, exact. That's what I love. Sparring is imprecise, reactive - quite frankly, it's messy! And, okay, I was rubbish at it. But thank you for your suggestions; anything that prompts thought is helpful.

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                        Anyway ... congratulations on Age of Pandora Part 1

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                          Ok that looks effin amazing, like wow those are some serious skills Yea i think i kinda misunderstood, sorry about that I really like to learn more about different martial traditions, so thanks!

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                            Oh right! Congrats on Age of Pandora Part 1!

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                              Day 567

                              📌 Daily Floss
                              📌 Counting Victories
                              📌 Breathe Easy

                              ​​​​​ Programme
                              - Chapter 33 Age of Pandora
                              ​​​​​​​​​​​​ Challenge:
                              - day 27 Balance
                              ​​ Challenge:
                              - day 2 Re-center

                              Poomsae training. Three more adult joined the crew tonight, all at my belt level. It was nice to have someone else over the age of 30 there! We warmed up with running, but that's out for me. I'd had a bit of a warm-up already with walking at various speeds, and I found that lightly jogging on the spot was okay for the leg. I did the laterals with everyone because they're fine, too. Single leg jumps to the side were performed only by the left. Then we did the 5-minute thing again, with the push-ups, V-sits and single-leg bridges. Again, I did 4 sets, but I could have done 3 or 4 push-ups of a fifth set but I didn't want to start what I couldn't finish. Stretches after that, with partner, but on the floor this time. I did most of mine single leg. Up against the wall for side kick training - 3 sets of 10 each leg. I couldn't push through with the hammy when I was standing on the right so I focussed on how the left kicked and where the foot was. When I was standing on the left, I could push through but not really kick. For the third set, I just held in prep position for the whole ten. Having done our legs, the coach proceeded to work our arms. He started us off just punching to count. We did 50. Then drills from patterns: we stood in long stance, and L-stance to long stance, and long stance to cat stance, and drilled a back fist and inner block (pattern 5), and scissor block (pattern 7), and knife hand inner block (pattern 8) - 10 x es. Following that, we were to split off with our partner and do a pattern twice each, with the other person commenting. I asked the three newbies which pattern they wanted to do and suggested Koryo as it's their grading pattern. They knew only the first station so I took them through it slowly, then watched and assisted while they did it. It just made me realise how far ahead with patterns doing Elite Poomsae gets me! They are the same level as I, yet they are just learning the first black belt pattern whereas I was taught the fourth on Friday! But I hope they stay. They run slower than I do (when I can run)!

                              Thanks Fremen and stephenphillips42 I kind of snuck that one in under the radar.

                              TheGrayLynx Poomsae is more the demonstration/performance side of Taekwondo. Both Poomsae and sparring use the same basic skills but in such different ways!

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                                Yes, well done on completing Age of Pandora program (Part 1).

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