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

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

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)

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

I’m at a New Dojang! (And I Already Have the Bruises and Cuts to Prove It)

I’ve gone under the radar for a while both on my blog and in the taekwondo world. After I left my former dojang I needed some time to recharge, take care of personal things, and deal with a very demanding season with my job. Now I’m ready to emerge from my self-imposed cocoon (well, after … Continue reading I’m at a New Dojang! (And I Already Have the Bruises and Cuts to Prove It)

Finding Fresh Ways to Learn…Or, I Geek Out at a Forms Seminar

This past weekend I attended a poomsae (forms) referee seminar sponsored by USA Taekonwdo, the national governing body for the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and is a member of the World Taekwondo Federation. I’m not really interested in judging or refereeing at tournaments, but since forms are one of my favorite aspects of practicing … Continue reading Finding Fresh Ways to Learn…Or, I Geek Out at a Forms Seminar

Channeling Your Power: When Brute Force Just Doesn’t Cut It

A tall, blonde 17-year-old boy stood at attention near the back of the training area as I gave him some feedback and pointers on his form. He and his three siblings, all blue belt/red tips, were practicing the form Palgwe Yuk Jang in preparation for an upcoming  tournament. “You have a lot of power, and that’s … Continue reading Channeling Your Power: When Brute Force Just Doesn’t Cut It

Screw Up With a Smile

“Um…” A tall teenage yellow belt tentatively raised his hand. I had just walked him and his fellow yellow belts through their new form, Palgwe Il Jang. As newly promoted students they had just started learning this form and were still getting the hang of it. “Yes?” “Isn’t the middle part supposed to be this?” … Continue reading Screw Up With a Smile