Speed, Precision, Control. These are the 3 key elements of practising Haidong Gumdo, or Korean Sword Art. At the heart of each sword movement, all 3 need to be in balance to work well. Which – in a way – translates to the skills of life itself. What good is moving fast if you don’t… Read More Cutting the Maple Leaves
What is strength? And …can this even be done? These were the questions I asked myself this morning, finding myself about to perform 1111 wooden-sword cuts. ‘A Thousand Cuts’ is a sword endurance exercise where Haidong Gumdo (Korean Sword Art) practitioners are asked to do 1000 repetitions of ‘Jeong-Myun Begi’, the basic straight cut, while… Read More A thousand, one hundred and eleven sword cuts.
Forms (also called ‘poomsae’) are one of my most beloved parts of Taekwondo. To me, forms very closely connect to dance, and to dance practise, combining body, mind and soul in one movement focus. At the moment we are learning Taeguk Pal-jang (8th form), which corresponds to the 1.st Kup (red-black) belt. For inspiration, here are my… Read More Taekwondo Forms
I would like to dedicate this blog post to Dance4Children and the amazing work they do, as well as to my learnings at D4Cs Bootcamp4Children weekend this July. What (and who?) is Dance4Children? D4C is my favourite charity team, founded by a group of gorgeous, brilliant and warm-hearted dancers from Belgium. Coralie, Lou, and Tamy… Read More Moving for Charity – Bootcamp4Children
TaeKwonDo Kup (coloured belt) tests for 10th-1st Kup usually include the following elements: Forms Basic Techniques One-Step Sparring Self Defense (Light-No contact) Sparring Breaking Forms/ Poomsae: After a short warmup all Taekwondoins are called to line up by kup/belt grade, they greet the Masters/instructors and are them called demonstrate their (chosen or chosen-for-them) forms. A TaeKwonDo… Read More TaeKwonDo Testing