Mar video of the month
Greetings all! Apologies for my tardiness! The short month of February snuck up on me and passed me by!
Hopefully you have seen Maam’s email about the new class starting up at the Senior Center! Exciting news! It is for seniors only, will meet in person, and is held outside only on Wednesdays from 3:45 to 4:45 pm. It begins on the 24th. The current Zoom classes remain the same. We hope to see you training soon!
I trust you are in good health and good spirits! If not in good spirits, it must be time to train! For this month I will go light on the videos but give you a training drill that will work you out, lift your spirits, and increase your skill level!
One of the things we miss without live training is our fine control of distance. This drill is meant to make up for that missing element. It also will work well even when we gather again for live training.
Get a pillow. Small and fluffy is better, but any kind will do. Place it at striking height. This is the most difficult part of the preparation. There are many ways to do this, including simply sitting the pillow on a chair, the back of a couch, or even on the floor (if that is your striking height for the moment). You may also tie a string around the pillow like tying a holiday gift, then suspend the pillow from a wall or ceiling hook, the top of a door, or the edge of a table.
The goal here is to not injure yourself, the furniture, or others in the general vicinity. The pillow should not have to be anchored strongly (you will see why in a moment) but there is a possibility that it will be launched across the room so keep that in mind.
Alternative set-up: Take a piece of typing paper, put a paperclip on each top corner, run string through the paperclips and use the string to hang the paper from a ceiling hook or the top door frame or light fixture (be careful with this one!).
Choose a technique. It could be a hand strike (punch, yuk soo, backfist, kwan soo, etc.) or a block (low block, ssang soo, inside/outside block, the block within a one-step technique, etc.) or a kick (front kick, yup chagi, dwi dollyo yup chagi, etc.). You will repeat this one technique 20 times on each side. Align yourself with the target pillow (this is more critical if the target is paper – you want to strike at the flat side of the paper rather than the edge). Warm up. Then do that technique as fast and strong as you can, coming as close to the target as possible, WITHOUT hitting the target. Simple! 20 times.
For some of you there may be a tendency to throw the technique slower than usual. Since the goal is NOT to touch the target, your brain wants to “win” and slows the technique (increasing control). Resist this. Throw a technique that would do damage.
If you do not contact the target 20 out of 20 times, you are going too slow! Or you are stopping the technique too far away from the target! Pushing your limits involves the risk of failure, and if you are not failing at the drill then you are not pushing your limits! Execute strong, quick, snappy technique! If your body will not do that, then execute the strongest technique you can at the time!
If you contact the target 20 times, you need to focus more! Stop the technique a little farther from the target than you originally did, and then slowly close that gap as you gain control of your body.
Once you have mastered this drill statically, you can add movement. Execute a whole one-step with the final motion being the technique that you are focusing on. Execute a whole one-step with a middle step being the technique you are focusing on. Select a few moves from a form, with the last technique of the set being the one you are focusing on. Shadow spar with the technique, moving in and out, bouncing around and throwing the technique from different angles.
Pillow target, do not touch, one technique repeated 20 times per side, strong and quick. Go!
And on to the videos!
Okinawa is the large island at the southern end of the Japan island chain and was not part of Japan for much of history.
For the memory word, SinKoPae, you can make up your own too! She Kounts Parts, Psycho Pain, or whatever is memorable to you!
Notice that the animation from the Muye Dobo Tongji looks like kung fu practice.
The basic information presented here is not new. Most of it is found in the student manual. It has been updated to include the recent history of the Association. But it is always good for us to go back and review the foundational information. I also found the timeline helpful in remembering and tracking the events mentioned in the manual.
Train well! Tang Soo!