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

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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

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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

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Competition Love

It’s been a long time since I’ve last taken part in a dance competition, although I still do enjoy being a judge! I have recently re-discovered my love for competing through Martial Arts. What is it that I love about it? It teaches me to stay focused under pressure, to prepare consciously for peak performance,… Read More Competition Love

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The ‘Why’ of Practice

During a profoundly inspirational Haidong Gumdo (Korean Sword Art) seminar with EUHGA Headmaster Sang-Hyun Han, the following question was asked by one of the participants: ‘why do we put ourselves through suffering in practice?’ I can’t piece together the exact answer, but I do remember I felt deeply inspired. The gist of Master Han’s response was:… Read More The ‘Why’ of Practice

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The Magic of Slow

If there is one thing that preparations for our Taekwondo black belt test has taught Mr E and me, it’s that there is pure magic in practising slowly. We wanted to combine studying the Korean terms for movements with cleaning up our technique and basic stances, so we practised by naming each movement, transition and… Read More The Magic of Slow