Martial Arts, Movement

Dobok-ology

What is a DOBOK? It’s the uniform you wear for practicing Korean Martial Arts Do stands for ‘way’ Bok means ‘clothing’ There are different kinds, the most common ones worn for Taekwondo are: fully white (for any level) white with black collar (for dan/black belt grade) white with black collar & coloured trousers (for forms… Read More Dobok-ology

Martial Arts, Movement

Doing it All

DANCE & MARTIAL ARTS – Can it go together? I think so. I feel that both arts complement each other really well. For movement, for fitness, for training, for spirit, for inspiration, for life. And I will write about this in more detail soon. However. I do notice though, especially at times when I am… Read More Doing it All

Martial Arts, Movement

Staff Stuffs

I’ve always loved kung fu movies. love the skills, the speed, the fluid movements of weapon arts. One of the things I’ve always wanted to learn is shaolin staff or bo staff. See this video starting at 3:00 in this awesome action scene from Stephen Chow’s ‘kung fu hustle’: So.. in this age of online… Read More Staff Stuffs

Martial Arts, Movement

Appreciation

Time for a moment of appreciation. Because I’ve been attending ballet group dance rehearsals (which take place on Mondays and Thursdays) for Constanze’s upcoming recitals, I have not been able to go to Taekwondo for the past (and upcoming!) few weeks. And. I really miss it! I miss the classes, the teacher, the people. I noticed… Read More Appreciation

Martial Arts, Movement

Sword and Ball

Today in HaiDong GumDo (Korean Sword Art) class, we practiced Deon-Jeo Begi (throw cutting) For students of our (colour grade belt) level, this means throwing a small object (for instance a tennis ball, or light rubber ball) up in the air, drawing your (non-sharp wooden practice-) sword with that same hand(!), and cutting the thrown… Read More Sword and Ball

Martial Arts, Movement

A Break-Through

Recently, both in Haidong Gumdo and Taekwondo classes, a surprising (to me!) thing happened. I had come back to classes for the first time after a serious dance travel bout, and: – For the first time in my (admittedly short) sword class student life I was able to fairly consistently execute a horizontal cut from… Read More A Break-Through