Archive for May, 2009

What are your priorities?

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

Students who attend black belt club only and choose not to attend classes are not paying for a class. If you are planning to test for your black belt then you are responsible to learn the required material. The best way to learn is to attend class. Do not call your instructor (or have your parents call) to let me know that you have prioritized something instead of learning the material. Otherwise you have just told me that you have other priorities. Enroll in class, learn the material and take the test.

Sheridan Test, Black Belt Club & Stripe Testing

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

The following rank promotions were given on May 27th, at the Sheridan Test.

Blue Belt – 1
Senior Brown Belt – 1

Afterwards, the Black Belt Club met and stripe testing was held for those getting ready for black belt. Black Belt Club meets on Wednesdays 7:00pm at the Sheridan Rec. Center. Students interested in attending should be Brown (and above) and pay regular facility use. Currently, there are 11 students preparing for 1st degree and 2 preparing for 2nd degree. For those working towards 1st degree, there are five colored belt stripes.

White – Paper turned in.
Yellow – Chung Mu form
Green – Testing experience (watching from tester’s perspective)
Red – Basics
Blue – All Forms (4 Directional Punch to Chung Mu)

The next stripe testing will be held after the next belt test. The next test day is planned to coincide with the Forms in the Park event. Forms in the Park is tentatively set for July. Last year, we demonstrated at the Sheridan Bash Barbeque following Forms in the Park. If people are interested in doing a Barbeque let Mr. R. Kreinbrink, II Dan know by June 12th.

CTK Test, Demo and Awards

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

Testing at Christ the King was held on May 19th. A total of 14 Students tested for the next belt rank. Additionally, Mr. G. Nakamura, I Dan and 5 Senior Brown Belts attended.

Demonstrations began on May 26th at 7:15pm. Students performed Basics and the Form 4-Directional Punch (Sa-Ju Chireugi) as a Group. Then each rank performed basics and combinations for their level. Highlights included student’s choice combinations of:

Brown – Spinning Reverse Turning Kick + Front + Turning Kick + Turning Back Kick
Senior Brown – 1-Step Jump Front Snap Kick + Tornado Kick + Turning Kick + Turning Back Kick
Some Impromptu Combinations were given by the instructor and students.
Most, additionally, chose to perform another form for the audience. Next students performed self-defense techniques on the instructor. Defenses included:
White – Straight Wrist Grab, Reversed Straight Wrist Grab, Cross Wrist Grab and Double Wrist Grab
Yellow – 3 Different Double One Arm Grabs, Unfriendly Handshake and Roman Knuckles
Green – Pulling Wrist Grab, Chicken Wing, Rear Duo Wrist Grab and Versus Punch
Blue – Lapel Grab, Double Lapel Grab, Lapel Grab & Punch, 2 Belt Grabs, Versus Punch, Versus Kick and the impromptu Belt Grab & Punch
Senior Orange – Joint Locks, Model Sparring and Versus Turning Kick
Red – Joint Locks, Model Sparring and Versus Student’s Choice Hammerfist
Senior Red – Impromptus, Impromptu Grabs with Attacks, Versus Student’s and Instructor’s Choice
Brown – Against Wall, Running Attacks Kneeling, Seated, Student’s Choice, 2 Attackers and Instructor’s Choice
Senior Brown – Impromptu Grabs, Versus 1 or 2, Student’s and Instructor’s Choice

Senior Brown Belts demonstrated breaking techniques. Students then received their Belts and Certificates. Advanced students then demonstrated a Sai Form and the class posed for pictures.

The following rank promotions were awarded following the Demonstration:
Yellow – 2
Green – 1
Blue – 2
Purple – 2
Red – 2
Senior Red -2
Brown – 2
Senior Brown – 1


Congratulations Graduates and No Class Memorial Day

Saturday, May 16th, 2009

Congratulations to those students graduating high school this year. Today, I have attended the first of many high school graduation ceremonies. In order to help one lucky student, per year, with college, I will be offering a small scholarship to one local deserving student, who goes above and beyond in furthering the spirit, tenets and art of Saki Do Kwan Taekwon-Do. Congratulations to Ms. J. Burkhart, the first recipient. Her outstanding merits this year include going above and beyond by achieving a 1st GUP rank, helping lower ranking students, winning the 2nd Annual Martial Arts Demo-Off, assisting regularly at classes and promoting Taekwon-Do inside and outside the Do-Jang.

No Classes will be held on Monday, May 25th, 2009, in observance of Memorial Day.