Tagged: learning

Dear Advanced Students: Knock it off!

Dearest advanced martial arts students, We need to have a quick chat. Perhaps you, like myself, have attended a beginner class and acted as either an assistant instructor or a more experienced partner for a new student.  It’s great fun!...

The Kind of Girl Who Throws a Punch

Up until a year ago, my Hapkido training didn’t really include any stricking or blocking. We did punch defenses and deflections (still my fav techniques) but we didn’t spend class time learning to throw a proper punch – hook, jab,...

Advanced Training

My instructor recently announced that the advanced Hapkido class I attend, originally for middle-high rank and above, would be black-belt only. No one is getting kicked out, of course. 🙂 The only colored belts in our 11-person class are just one...

Becoming Smoother: Second Dan Essay

I tested for my second degree black belt in Heukchookwan Hapkido on October 11, 2015 and presented this essay and illustration. The metaphor is not an original one, but I felt a personal, and maybe unique, connection to it because...

5 Tips to Learn to Teach Martial Arts

Teaching is an art unto itself! Many martial arts schools require that as a student ranks up, they take on more and more teaching responsibilities. And here’s the truth of it: teaching is an art of it’s own! Great teachers...

Making Habits a Choice

A while back I realized I was doing something funny during z-locks.1 As I raised my hips prepare to apply pressure, I’d lift my foot off the ground, and as I lowered my hips into the lock, I’d place the foot back...

Where Is My Mind?

I have this thing sometimes where I can’t focus. Where my mind is absolutely anywhere but here and I’m painfully aware of it. I see myself in the dojang, watching my instructor demonstrate a technique I actually want to learn,...

Seiza

So at the beginning of class we have this little… ritual? Something before class, right? If you do shotokan karate you probably do it about the exact same way we do, if you do other styles, then maybe just a...