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Due to unforeseen circumstances Saturday class was canceled.
My “evaluation” will take place sometime next week. For sure I can make next Saturday’s advanced class. I guess it’s just a matter of when the head instructor can make it.
It’s been years since I’ve practiced TKD and it shows. I’ve lost a lot of flexibility which directly impacts many of the basics — esp. kicks. This weekend I tried to run through the basic stuff and finally gave up. There’s not much I can do in a week so I’ll focus on stretching. Honestly, I hope they end up giving me a mid-belt rank. It’s nice that they honor black belts but IMO I’m too far out and far gone to deserve to still wear it.
What have I learned about ITF-style Taekwon-do so far?
Let me take these in order.
My main goal is to get my flexibility back. As such, I’ve taken to stretching in the mornings and in the evenings. I read an article that promises improved flexibility in three weeks. Since I found it on the interwebs it must be true. Week 1: 15 minutes in the morning. Week 2: 15 minutes in the morning and again at night. Week three: morning, noon, and night. Since I’ve normally do some weekly stretching I’ve opted for the twice-per-day plan. There is no way I can fit in three times a week. We shall see if this helps me.
ITF-style still has a sport side but it’s way less sport than what I’m used to. I’m used to headgear, a hogu (chest protector), arm guards, hand guards, shin guards, and foot guards. It looks like their sparing consists of hand and foot guards and that’s it. I have no idea what the rules are but it looks interesting. One of the masters said us newbies won’t be ready for sparring until fall. More on that as it develops.
Overall I’m really happy to have martial purpose once again!
Lets close with some ITF-style sparring…
So I have not practiced Taekwondo in a looong time!
The style I’m learning is vastly different from what I’m used to. One of a hundred examples: I’m used to my chambered punch starting at the belt and going straight to the target. In this style it slides up from the belt, cocks at your pectoral muscle and goes out — sorta like the arm on an old steam engine train.
So given my lag in training time plus the new methods literally means I’m a freakin’ train wreck! Trying to put the above example together while moving in a deep front stance was a mess. It’s just going to take months to reprogram my brain.
When asked about prior experience on the form I should have lied said 4th kup.
“But why, Bob?”
Because I was informed that I will be evaluated and most likely get to wear my black belt! It seems that this is a general rule and comes straight from their head instructor.
Fuckity fuck fuck fuck!
List of reasons why I don’t want to wear that rank:
This means that if they let me wear it I have to stand in rank with the high belts and also attend the advanced class. Read: train wreck on display at the front of the room!
I have not experienced this much anxiety since testing for the last black belt.
Fuckity fuck fuck fuck!