Calgary Taekwondo Academy

I found myself in Calgary this week with a free evening, so in the afternoon I typed a few keywords into my favorite search engine to see what I could find. Dojang Calgary Taekwondo I got several hits, but the most promising of these (apart from the proximity to my hotel, I liked what I … Continue reading Calgary Taekwondo Academy

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It’s tomorrow…

It all comes down to tomorrow.  Five patterns, nine knife-defense techniques, some sparring… and 2.5” of concrete. For those of you who read my blog for the IT-related material, you will be relieved to know that after my test I will likely post some pictures, possibly a video or two, and a quick write-up… and … Continue reading It’s tomorrow…

My Future Goals in Tae Kwon Do and Why I Want to Achieve Them

On Saturday May 26th I pre-tested for my Second Dan Black Belt test. The actual test is this coming Saturday, June 2. The Second Dan candidates were given a writing assignment to complete: “My Future Goals in Tae Kwon Do and Why I Want to Achieve Them.” I spent most of Sunday thinking about this, … Continue reading My Future Goals in Tae Kwon Do and Why I Want to Achieve Them

T-5: Part One

This past Saturday I pre-tested for my Second Dan Black Belt test.  The actual test is this coming Saturday, June 2.  The Second Dan candidates were given a writing assignment to complete: “My Future Goals in Tae Kwon Do and Why I Want to Achieve Them.”  I spent most of Sunday thinking about this, and … Continue reading T-5: Part One

Sixteen Days Out – a summary

Yesterday was a dichoto-day.  If I made that word up, it is what it sounds like – a day that was a mix of good and bad.  I want to clarify at the outset that this had nothing to do with work, which was fine (I am teaching a class at TekSource Corporate Learning this … Continue reading Sixteen Days Out – a summary

19 Days Out: Where my Black Belt prep stands!

It is difficult to imagine, but I am now inside the three week mark.  In nineteen days – June 2nd, 2012 – I will be testing for my Second Dan Black Belt in Taekwondo.  I have not been blogging as much as I should, so I am going to take this opportunity to review the … Continue reading 19 Days Out: Where my Black Belt prep stands!

Oh il Sam Sa

Recently Grand Master Kim’s Oriental Martial Arts College held its annual Big Bow Ceremony, where we all greet each other with respect.  The Grand Master stands alone at the front; next the Masters are grouped, then the remaining Black Belts.  We all stand before the rest of the school, who are loosely arranged by belt … Continue reading Oh il Sam Sa

Master Lee’s Joonbi Taekwondo: Humble and Insightful Lessons

I have been teaching a class in Virginia Beach for the past two weeks, and not surprisingly one of my students has a son in Tae Kwon Do.  He had a class last Friday, and although with my injured foot I would not be able to participate, I asked if I could visit to watch.  … Continue reading Master Lee’s Joonbi Taekwondo: Humble and Insightful Lessons