Taeguk 6 – Can We Pause For a Change Revisited (The Poomsae Series Part 15)

The Poomsae Series is back! I wasn’t sure I’d be able to write individual posts for the Taeguk forms I’ve been learning (I was trained in Palgwe at my old dojang), but they’ve grown on me in the past few weeks. I’ve started to appreciate the individual experiences of learning and practicing the forms rather … Continue reading Taeguk 6 – Can We Pause For a Change Revisited (The Poomsae Series Part 15)

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The Poomsae Series Part 12: Taebaek, Or, Old is New Again

I’m officially a second degree black belt now, and that means with a new rank I have a new form and a new addition to the Poomsae Series! Yay! Enjoy!* “It’s like a recap since there are a lot of pieces from Palgwe forms,” my chief instructor said one day when we were discussing the … Continue reading The Poomsae Series Part 12: Taebaek, Or, Old is New Again

Stand Your Ground: What I Learned From Practicing Pyongwon (The Poomsae Series Part 13)

I love poomsae (taekwondo forms), and I never miss an opportunity to practice and learn new forms. Pyongwon is typically learned at 4th Dan although at my dojang we learn it at 3rd Dan. Several months ago I talked my Master into teaching it to me shortly before I tested for 2nd Dan, just to … Continue reading Stand Your Ground: What I Learned From Practicing Pyongwon (The Poomsae Series Part 13)

Little Black Belt is FOUR!

My blog turns four today! Thank you for reading and commenting on my posts. I’m glad I could reach people all over the world and share my love of the life changing martial art taekwondo. During the past year I went through a major change at work, learned the mystery of  a lingering health problem, … Continue reading Little Black Belt is FOUR!

Taekwondo Is Always There

Due to feeling ill, work deadlines, the inevitable siren song of TV and wine, and most recently heavy downpours, I’ve been out of taekwondo for about two weeks. Perhaps it’s for the best as I’ve needed some time off to sort out my feelings. After my last post I received a wonderful, heartfelt comment on … Continue reading Taekwondo Is Always There

How Kickboxing Upped My Poomsae (Forms) Game

In the martial arts world we often tout the practice of forms (poomsae, kata, etc) as a means to hone techniques for self-defense and fighting. But have we ever thought about reversing the practice? How can we use our striking, kicking, and sparring practice to power up our poomsae game?

I’m Learning Taeguk Forms

It’s begun. I am learning Taeguk forms. A little bit of history about poomsae (forms): The preference for Taeguk rose alongside the focus of taekwondo turning to sport taekwondo, or Olympic style sparring. Stances are higher and shorter, and the movements are much simpler than the Palgwe forms. I also think some practitioners just didn’t … Continue reading I’m Learning Taeguk Forms

When You Love What You Do, You Do It Well (Whether You Think So Or Not)

“Your form looks REALLY good,” said B, a sweet, friendly and very tenacious blue belt/red stripe during a break in her taekwondo class. She added an emphatic nod and I smiled and bowed in her direction. I had shown up early to the dojang to warm up and practice forms while I waited for the … Continue reading When You Love What You Do, You Do It Well (Whether You Think So Or Not)

When It’s the Right Time for You to Be In the Right Place

I’ve spent some time away from taekwondo both physically and emotionally. I’m still recovering from what I now realize was a fairly traumatic change at the beginning of the year and accepting what is my new reality. I suppose it’s my own fault for letting myself get so emotionally attached to taekwondo, the affects it … Continue reading When It’s the Right Time for You to Be In the Right Place