We are having our first interclub tournament since I've been with USMA. We are competing against ITDF at Ashburton. The emphasis at training since the grading has been on sparring and fitness, and it has really improved our speed and concentration.
Unfortunately I rolled my ankle at indoor soccer last week so I haven't been able to train this week. Hopefully I'll be recovered in time for the tournament, but I feel that my preparation has not quite been sufficient. I plan to be part of a team sparring event, and hopefully I won't actually have to do anything :-)
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.