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)

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?

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

Using Martial Arts Basics To Recover From an Injury

If you’ve read my blog for a while, you know how I feel about forms. I’ve written over two dozen blog posts about the mental and physical benefits (and inevitable life lessons) of practicing poomsae. To my surprise, my physical therapist casually mentioned that I should start doing slow-motion forms to work on balance and … Continue reading Using Martial Arts Basics To Recover From an Injury

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

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!

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)

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 Being One Step Ahead Slows You Down

As I’ve mentioned in a few blog posts, I’ve been working on the third Dan taekwondo form Pyongwon. It’s a short form, but it’s powerful and grabs your attention, plus it’s really fun to do. Recently my Master told me I was rushing the snap kick/back kick combination a bit. I was moving so quickly … Continue reading When Being One Step Ahead Slows You Down

A New Lease on Life — a Case for “Leasing” vs. “Owning”

A few months ago my Body Combat teacher yelled at us to work like we were “owning” our lives rather than “borrowing” it. That can be a motivating sentiment. As a homeowner for the last eight years, I’m much more invested not only financially in keeping up and personalizing my home than I was as … Continue reading A New Lease on Life — a Case for “Leasing” vs. “Owning”