Blog entries by shesulsa

  1. As some of you know, our group split from the World Hwa Rang Do Association some time ago and are bound by copyright restrictions to not copy everything they do. In an interest to stay loyal to my teachings, I did some research on creeds and codes and after much ado and many requests for a...
  2. Since most of my students are young children, I mirror the school district's scholastic calender for Holiday vacations, hence this is my second week off from martial arts classes. It feels like a month! I'm jotting down pieces of articles I write for the newsletter and am assembling study...
  3. Well, my incredibly anxious student left after pushing her just a wee bit. Her mother wound up approaching the former instructor for private lessons. That's fine by me. My autistic student is doing really well after some trials and tribulations. I gained two students in the form of...
  4. I can't believe I forgot one of the most important aspects of autism - anxiety upon the new. My autistic student - we'll call him Timmy - was SO excited to get promoted to yellow belt! He couldn't wait for his study sheet, his belt, and ... alas ... he is rejecting learning his new techniques....
  5. Last week, two white belts and two orange belts (one of them my son) tested for rank promotion and all passed. Interesting ... I announced they would be testing and set the date just before I found out that all of the students (not my son) would be leaving for out-of-town vacations for two...
  6. This was the opening statement by my 13-year-old student. You know. The one with the performance anxiety? So I said, "Okay," and after warmups proceeded to teach her six new techniques. She didn't balk. I saw a lot of eye rolling, sighing, wrong moves (clearly on purpose) but I didn't go...
  7. So my teen white belt passed with flying colors last night, as expected. I'm starting a thread to discuss test anxiety and options. Probably more interesting was the demonstration my teacher was giving in the hall to a teen boy who came on to my daughter and wanted to see "what would you do if...
  8. Tomorrow night, I'll be conducting the first test for my school. This student has been in white belt for about a year, has all her material down pat and deserves to grade. It will be short, sweet and easy, but I'm looking forward to my first act of promoting a student of my own. :)
  9. I only had a short exchange with the instructor last week when there was a confusion with my room. He asked how I was and I replied I was okay but would be better if I had a room to teach in. The curiosity between his students and my class prevails, but haven't heard disparaging comments...
  10. I have two (I know, I know) teens other than my daughter and my tweener in that class. One is a girl who has some sensory issues and performance anxiety. She is STRONG. I was told that she was so anxious that she wouldn't even go into the classroom on her first day. You can't keep her out of...
  11. So my young endeavor into teaching my own class of students has already proven fruitful. All the kids came in with the same attribute in all of them that I've seen from them since before I took the classes over - a lack of enthusiasm. We have been working on improving blocking effectiveness,...
  12. Tonight will be the first night back at the community center next door to our TKD friends after two weeks of grad parties. Having had a couple of weeks to ponder the situation, I remain committed to being as polite and respectful as possible. We'll see how it goes.
  13. The group who took my spot at the community center, who agreed to live and let live, trash-talked me and my program last night in front of the parents groups for their program and mine. I was teaching at the time and working with an autistic child having a meltdown and ignored them. It's not...
  14. No other martial art to compete with on Wednesdays, so I had the kids movement class next door followed by belly dancing. And the room wasn't ready again, so we spent 15 minutes helping the center staff move them out. One little guy is such a character - he's funny ... a class clown and he's...
  15. I arrived 30 minutes early to enroll the parents in my program and though all received directions to enroll with me directly and NOT the center, one parent did try to enroll with the TKD instructor, the man I saw at the counter complaining that there was another martial arts class that would...