A little over a year ago I was going to take over management of the website for the Oriental Martial Arts College (Master Kim's OMAC). Several issues, including my long-term relocation to Japan, aborted that. However I am thrilled to be back with OMAC now, as a Senior Instructor and not as a webmaster. This week … Continue reading My OMAC Profile
I mentioned in conversation a couple of days ago that I was going to be starting to learn Kyokushin Karate in Japan and that I was very excited. One of the people involved in the discussion mentioned that the first few months of any martial art is going to be less interesting, but if I … Continue reading Respect the Belt… Respect the Art.
As many of you know I have been forced to take a break from Taekwondo since my auto accident in December. That does not mean that when asked I cannot suit up to help the judging at the Colour Belt Grading Tests. I did that this Wednesday, and afterwards some of us were hanging out … Continue reading The One Inch Punch
Most of you know by now that I am a martial artist. I have written enough about Tae Kwon Do over the years that even if you only visit my blog occasionally you are likely to have come across something about TKD. For all of these years that I have been going to Seattle I … Continue reading Visiting With The Dragon
I want to preface this post by saying that I don’t get it. I have been in Taekwondo for four and a half years, and have in that time achieved my 2nd Dan Black Belt… but even before I started I am reasonably sure that I would not have gotten it. A commentator on Australian … Continue reading Taekwondo: Care to comment?
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
As part of my requirements for my Second Dan Black Belt test, I was required to break two 1.5" slabs of concrete. Damn does it feel good... now that it's behind me! I spent so much time talking about it, here is the video! -M Mitch Breaking Bricks!
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
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
It was the title of my favourite Barenaked Ladies song, but in this context it is a lot scarier. I have been working toward my Second Degree Black Belt... well, really since I started Taekwondo in January of 2009, and then since I earned my Black Belt in June of 2010 but in reality I have … Continue reading One Week…
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