I survived Saturday’s assessment. It consisted of me participating in the advanced class, working floor drills, and generally looking like a horse’s ass. Master Bear (because he looks like one!) observed, commented and corrected. Thankfully there was no ring of death or other crazy martial tests!
I suck. Seriously.
It’s been years since I’ve trained in any style of TKD. Add to that the fact that my martial arts training has been half-assed and I’ve gained 20+ pounds since my last black belt test. This equals major suck and I have a LOT of work ahead of me.
I have no idea if they’ll make me wear a black belt or rank me in lower. I did not ask and they did not say. I do know that I must have not sucked too bad because I do get to participate in the advanced class.
Seriously. No ego here. I realize how far I’ve slipped and I’d be happy with a yellow belt and the chance to practice three times each week! We’ll see what Tuesday brings.
It is really good to have a few goals that are outside of my job!
- Getting back into some sort of martial arts shape
- Improving my flexibility over the last TKD run
- A black belt in ITF style…?
The first bullet point is doable. I’ve shifted back to an exercise routine that complements ITF-style TKD. Fear of looking like a jackass or getting punched in the face during a tournament is a great motivator for exercise! I KNOW I can do this.
Flexibility? We shall see. During my summer injury and time with the PT it was noted that my hips are very tight. Add to that the fact that I never could fully do the side split when I was training equals more work ahead of me. I ordered this book and now on my off days I stretch twice daily.
Total aside: Really good book! Kurz covers every stretch out there and has workout plans based on what you want to carry out. e.g. kickboxing, judo, weight lifting, etc.
I can do a left front split — always could — but my right front split is always historically tighter. I’m working on that. I also have a laundry list of hip stretches that help lead up to the side split and help with kicking high. We shall see what comes of it.
Another black belt? Honestly, I don’t know. A teen green belt from class asked me that exact question on Saturday. My response? I’m just happy to be back with a purpose. She kinda looked confused by my response. Oh well. It’s the truth. When she hits her 40s she might understand.
My big goal? Master Bear told us about an 80-year-old high dan who still practices ITF Taekwon-do. I want that to be me!
Back to last Saturday…
How did I spend the last 1/3rd of class? Learning and practicing four directional punching and blocking.
Those of you hailing from others styles of TKD please note the crossing before each punch or block. Different from Karate (aka Shotokan) “chambering” that you typically see in other styles of TKD.