Thursday, October 15, 2009

I have resumed taekwondo training after six years of enforced abstinence. Of course, it was not complete deprivation from martial arts through those years. Until a couple of years ago, I had been dabbling in aikido, karate and pseudo-boxing (the fitness kind with no killing intent) to keep myself busy.

On re-entry a month ago, I was pleasantly surprised to find that despite a nasty decline in speed and stamina, I still had a decent grasp of the fundamental skills. In other words, I can still kick, slowly.

On hearing of an upcoming test in November, I asked the instructor if I would be able to make it. “Train for it first, then see if you’re ready later.” Sounds good. I got my black belt in late 2000, 2.5 years after starting as a white belt. My nine-year interval between 1st dan and 2nd dan tests is nine times the wait for a typical practitioner.

For the breaking part of the test, I’m leaning towards using the chopping kick for one of the techniques. Inherently less powerful than a sidekick1, it will be a suboptimal choice if not for the fact that it’s quite satisfying.

1. A sidekick is potentially powerful because it is a very linear kick, with the kicker’s body, the kicking direction, and the target all arranged in a straight line. The reaction force of the kick thrusts horizontally against the kicker’s body, therefore allowing the kicker to use his/her body mass to great advantage.



Blogger I used to have hair said...

Nice.. Can you still remember all those lower patterns. Part of the syllabus also right.

7:29 pm, October 15, 2009  
Anonymous Char said...

Sounds great! How's your fitness levels though? Can you still keep up?

2:39 am, October 16, 2009  
Blogger Tan Yee Wei said...

Yeah, working on that. 8 is quite a lot of patterns to cram into one month.

No, it's quite terrible.
The first two times I went were bad; getting closer to being reasonable i think.

8:55 am, October 16, 2009  
Blogger sabrina said...

Eh...what comes after black? Can come and watch you ah? :p

4:12 pm, October 19, 2009  
Blogger Tan Yee Wei said...

There are various grades of black. The black belt is generally not the ultimate destination; it's just the start of being "not noob".

Nothing interesting to watch la, go back to your dirty flicks :p

11:04 am, October 20, 2009  

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