The seminar for me was great, and I really needed it! Friday night we concentrated on the Elements of the Theory of Power and the Training Secrets of Taekwon-Do. To practice each element we did one pattern per element, which pretty much covered all of the colour belt patterns. Each time I go to a seminar I always walk away with a new tip or tidbit of information I didn't know before. This was true of Friday night, I learnt some new facts about the sine wave we use while in motion. I learnt that though Takewon-Do was introduced as a martial art in 1955 that sine wave wasn't introduced until 1984, I just can't imagine Taekwon-Do without it!
Today's portion of the Seminar focused on sparring and self-defense, I openly admit these are my two least favourite aspects of the training cycle of Taekwon-Do (fundamental movements, patterns, sparring, and self-defense). The focus was more on the sparring and instead of it being taught by Grand Master Lu we were being instructed by a Master from Montreal who had been the World Champion for sparing back in 1992. I think for the first time in the almost 15 years I have been involved in Taekwon-Do I actually enjoyed sparring! Well we didn't actually spar but he spent the time explaining strategies, how to move, how to think, how to react in the ring. He had a lot of great drills that I'm looking forward to the next time I teach during sparring week! I made a point of going over and thanking him, let him know that as someone who doesn't like to spar I thoroughly enjoyed what he had to teach us (its that compliment thing again!).
I found this seminar inspiring for me as a student and as an instructor. Its given me the urge to go back to training more frequently, something I have really been dragging my heels over for far too long! Like I said its given me some ideas to take back as an instructor as well. I can only continue to become a better instructor if I continue to learn myself.
My instructor, Mr. Marin is on the left
I have always envisioned myself getting my 4th Degree in Taekwon-Do (I am currently a 3rd Degree), becoming an international instructor. Seeing these two women today, has shown me that the door is open for me, to become a Master someday.
Sadly I had to leave before the promotions were done, so I don't know for sure if everyone passed. I would say they all did a fantastic job and everyone walked away a Master!