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Go with the Flow

The adventures of the past few days made me think of how much freedom we gain once we let go of expected outcomes. Surprises can jolt us into consciousness, if we let them. For me it was – at least today – a new-to-me student in Haidong Gumdo and Taekwondo class today. Incredibly talented –… Read More Go with the Flow

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All the Martial Artses

Do you know the difference between taekwondo, boxing, thaiboxing, self-defense, karate, jujitsu, judo and MMA? I don‘t. At least: not yet… But I‘m about to find out this spring! And so can you 🙂 Dance4Children (the charity support team I have had the honour to join since this January) is hosting a ‘MartialArts4Children’ workshop day… Read More All the Martial Artses

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The Martial Matrix

One of the unexpected side-effects of studying TaeKwonDo is that it has become nearly impossible to watch a Martial Arts scene in a film without shouting out the techniques that are being employed. And.. judging them. Even when – or, perhaps, especially when – the movements are ones I am still very much struggling with… Read More The Martial Matrix

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Focused Training

Today, in Haidong Gumdo training, we covered several ways to practise and refine a single (diagonal) sword cut. After that, in Taekwondo class, we got to spend most of our time on practising a single kick. I loved it. Time flew by. Focus. Depth. Concentration. Action. Observation. Feedback. Adaptation. Re-focus. The power of Repetition. Of… Read More Focused Training

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Sharpening the Senses

Practising with a blindfold. During a weekend seminar for Haidong Gumdo this November, a few of the exercises we did were executed with our eyes closed/blindfolded, to help sharpen our senses. It was an interesting and enriching experience. Removing sight from the equation tells you exactly where you are ‘at’, training-wise. It slows you right… Read More Sharpening the Senses

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Meet Paper Cut

Jong-I Begi, or paper cutting, is one of the main testing (and competition) disciplines of Haidong Gumdo (Korean Sword Art). It may seem simple, but it takes skill, mental discipline and practise to achieve a clean, even and precise cut across the full width of the paper at each attempt. Paper cutting is used to measure… Read More Meet Paper Cut