Hey guys :)
So I think the past year has been extremely eventful for me in terms of tkd, which isn't necessarily a bad thing!
April just gone I attended an "international instructor's seminar" under Grand Master Hwang, and I have to admit, he is probably one of the most impressive and most genuine men I have ever had the honour of knowing. Over the course of the weekend he constantly reiterated the fact that what he was saying was not what he says, but what "General Choi say!" It really was such an eye opening experience for me, and I fel like it greatly helped me in developing my patterns. Some movements I'd thought I was doing right were slightly off I found. And almost everyone in attendance was doing the flying side kick in Choong Moo wrong! Since the seminar I feel a lot more dilligent in learning patterns and movements right.
During that April (the week after the seminar) I also completed my black stripe-black belt prelim. It was a seriously stressful grading for me, probably because I'd worked it up in my head to be a nightmare. And in a way, it was, but it was nothing to do with what they'd asked of me. It was more just my state of mind for the day..
The month after that, I graded to Black Belt! The only thing I can say about finally having the belt is the confidence that comes with it. There's no more feeling selfconscious about my kicks, and I just feel like I'm ready to face whatever is thrown at me! Here's a picture of myself and my instructor Mr MacSweeney, 4th Dan, on the day I got my physical belt in training.
I think that's it for now.. Over the month I've learned Ge Baek and am already being pushed to move onto Po Eun and Kwang Ge (apologies for spelling) so hopefully I have them perfected in time for my next competition! :D
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