Posts Tagged ‘Kuk Sool’

Shut up and train!

Posted: June 18, 2011 in Martial Arts
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I’ve finally gotten back into really training at Kuk Sool. I have good days and bad, like everyone. I also have a really bad habit of letting my bad days keep me out of class. I was talking to one of my instructors, and he mentioned what an instructor of his tells his students when they’re having bad days. “Shut up and train.” It’s one of those things that is much easier to say than to do. We all can find excuses not to do it. I have lupus, arthritis, and my left shoulder frequently decides it doesn’t want to stay in its socket. Going to class hurts. But, if I want to get to where I want to be, I need to shut up and train. If I want to get past where I want to be, I need to shut up and train. If I want to make any progress at all, I need to shut up and train. Day one started this morning. Now, to keep it going.

Testing

Posted: May 13, 2011 in Martial Arts
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So, I’ve been studying Korean martial arts off and on for the last three and a half years. My husband used to attend classes with me, but quit because taking class after working construction all day was very hard on him. My stepson is working on his second degree, and my daughter is in their Tiger Cub class. My stepdaughter took classes for a while, but stopped because she didn’t have time for that and marching band.

I have testing tomorrow morning. I am a dahn bo nym, which means black belt candidate (my belt is half brown, half black).  This test is, for me, the first of many (at least 7, usually 12) tests to get from dahn bo nym to black belt.

I’ve done this before, so I shouldn’t be as nervous as I am. Then again, it’s my first real test in over a year.  After the test I took to get to DBN, I fractured my ankle in class. It’s STILL giving me hell. My instructors have been very patient with me, which has been a HUGE help.  It’s always good to have them there to push me and also make sure I don’t overdo things.

I wish it was a closed test, though. Stage fright is a bitch.