March 06, 2004

Red Tip Grading

Goodness me - it hardly seems like I got my blue belt and it's grading time again ...

Somehow I don't seem to have Yul-Gok completely in my head although I like the pattern a lot. The circular block just isn't flowing properly although funnily enough I feel like I can now do Won-Hyo better just by learning Yul-Gok - I'm not quite sure how that works.

I spent ages and ages practising board breaks and made sure that I asked people to hold boards for me at training (and other people also practised with my boards since I had them out). My goal for this grading was to get my board breaks first go including the combination kick (front kick - side kick same foot).

I was really pleased at the grading that I actually did get all my breaks first go, and I was actually not too unhappy with the rest of my stuff too. My patterns were not fantastic, but my sparring has improved and so has my one-step (even if Sabum Cariotis is not happy with it ... ) I was also really happy that Krista came to watch me and Tim grade - at least she now knows what we do given that it takes quite a bit of time.

Posted by lzwise at March 6, 2004 09:05 PM

Hi there. Am finding your chronicle really interesting. I too have a red tag grading in a couple of days time and am really worried about breaking - am normally okay, but they have recently given us harder boards. So, we have to perform reverse turning kick on both legs. Am okay to break 1/3 of board with left leg, but lose balance with right! Also have a physcological block with breaking new full board. Any tips please? Kind regards, Hellena.
Posted by: Hellena at May 12, 2004 10:54 PM

Posted by: Hellena at May 12, 2004 10:56 PM

Hi Hellena,

Reverse turning kicks with both legs - that's pretty tough! We have to do that for black tip (actually we're supposed to do a jumping reverse turning kick for full points but a well executed reverse turning kick give us passing points). We've been focussing on turning head first, then shoulders, then hips, but it's certainly not my best kick !!!!

Posted by: Lisa Wise at May 12, 2004 11:10 PM