This past Friday, my son and I attended promotional testing; I for my upper green belt, he for his green belt. Despite being a few ranks up from white, this was our first public promotional testing. We were both a little nervous and weren’t quite sure what to expect. In this instance, they split us up by white and yellow belts, green belts, and blue, red, and black belts, so my son and I weren’t in the same group. There were a ton of white and yellow belts to be tested this time around and I felt kind of bad for the kids in that group. Some of them sure looked bored waiting for their turn.
I got my first opportunity to point spar the other night. What that means is free sparring and each hit is worth a point (kicks to the head are worth 2 points). My opponent: a recommended black belt. I’d like to think I made a decent showing given my experience handicap, but the truth of the matter is that I was so soundly beaten that the judges lost count after he scored five points on me and just had us keep going for the experience. In the end, I had no points, though on two separate times I got a hit in at the same time my sparring partner did; turns out in those situations the person who makes a bigger ‘ki-hap’ usually gets the point as they draw attention to themselves and their hit. It was pretty frustrating, but fun at the same time. I’m looking forward to a rematch.
My son and I have been taking Take Kwon Do classes for the past year and a half or so. We found a class that is held at the local church up the road from us. The school of Tae Kwon Do that is being instructed is Choong Sil Kwon, the school of constant and never-ending improvement.
I just recently got my green belt which is the third promotion I’ve received (white, yellow, upper yellow, green). Up until now promoting from one belt to another meant memorizing definitions of the forms we learn at each belt and the meaning of the belt, kicking drills, and the forms themselves.
My intent is to collect everything I need to learn onto a page here so that I can refer to it when I need to. I also plan on including videos of the forms since it’s nigh impossible to learn how to perform them simply by reading how to do them. Until then, I’m just going to keep on practicing.