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    dislike of a musical form but learning it anyway - it's part of the curriculum

    Exactly, granfire! Several of Jhoon Rhee's forms are done to music, only this school only used music for Exodus. With the partnership, or whatever, we'll likely be taking their lead here. Which means music foms, at least w this rank. I don't know what will happen to us yet. We have 1 of...
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    dislike of a musical form but learning it anyway - it's part of the curriculum

    Well I work there, so I don't pay tuition or testing fees (well, when they start charging those), free uniform every 6 mo., and if we did more tournaments boss would pay fees, oh, and no mark up on extra equipment. This is last color belt and wouldn't hurt to finish the bb from jhoon Rhee before...
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    dislike of a musical form but learning it anyway - it's part of the curriculum

    Hi, I used to go to another school, but left it in 2006 (at red belt). About 18 months ago I caught up with one of the instructors who used to teach there. He started his own school and I ended up hired to assist classes and whatnot. I wasn't thinking about styles and the fact that this school...
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    What can I do to counter him and better handle similar situations in the future

    So the same teacher was there today. When I saw the boy and his cousins come in and the teacher was the only one in the classroom, I took advantage of the time it took them to put their gear on to bring up what was happening Saturday. He worked with me for a few months last year before he had to...
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    What can I do to counter him and better handle similar situations in the future

    Gwai, the speed part is right. Plus I get tired faster. I'm at least twice as old as him and I was never active as I was growing. The weight part is a bit off base. I'm 5'6" and about 140, which, while not as light as I could be, still leaves me within the average catagory. Earl - The teacher...
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    BB training for 1st dan - how does yours work (not the test, the training for it)

    Hi, There are 7 of us that need to prepare for the school's first black belt test (if you count the girl who barely shows up for classes and the 2 who joined our rank last Saturday). The owner/teacher has a lot going on and doesn't have much time for us. The master wants to help, but we need to...
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    What can I do to counter him and better handle similar situations in the future

    Hi, Everyone at the school is too busy to discuss this and I want to start preparing to deal with this opponent (and future reactions to similar situations) asap. I am an adult assistant at this tkd school where there is no class for adults. I haven't gotten to spar much in recent months. Most...
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    newer types of footgear

    Hmm. I think I should have been more specific. I was talking about sparring gear. The foot protectors had separate part for each toe, like those shoes, but they pull on like the cloth covered sparring gear for feet. The bottom of the foot was bare except under the toes and the arch area. These...
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    newer types of footgear

    Hi, I happened upon a picture where two tkd people sparring had a different kind of footgear. I was only familiar with the dipped foam kind and the clothe-covered socky pull ons. The ones in the pic looked like the shoes with a separate space for each toe and it looked like they pull on like...
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    Website with written MA homework or assignments?

    I shadow/assist tkd classes at my school 3 days/week. The owner is wanting to get me to black belt so he has a female teacher, and the newest instructor is wanting to double promote me which would put me one step from black belt and teaching. I'd like to be a solid one when I get there. In both...
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    suggestions for books like these?

    One nice thing about YA books is they are shorter, so it's easier to read them in one or two sitting without neglecting too many responsibilities. I heard of The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant. I almost started them once. Two things I've reread lately is the Windrose Chronicles trilogy by...
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    suggestions for books like these?

    Well, adult or YA. I prefer fantasy or light science fiction, but I've branched out a bit in the past few years. Loved Ender's Game. Couldn't get into Stranger in a Strange Land. If there isn't something in the first 30 pages or that grabs me, well I might get distracted. I want to like it.
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    Website with written MA homework or assignments?

    Hi, I've heard some MA schools have a special program or system including leadership training and/or homework. My school doesn't have something like that, so I was looking for a website. Specifically homework or written assignments. Not physical ones like, "do 10 slow side kick, 10 fast side...
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    suggestions for books like these?

    Hi, I'm interested in reading some books (fiction or non-fiction) where part of the plotline includes one of these: ~an abused woman or a child who learns to help herself and overcome the situation. ~a person doesn't think they are good enough, and how they come to learn differently, or...
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    a spectator's guide to BJJ?

    Well, I just found a little something. I'll look at it more later, I have to get ready for work. The first video I looked at from that youtube link (or was it a link from the first click...anyway) mentioned a free ebook at the very end, so I downloaded that. "BJJ Roadmap," about 35 pages. There...
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    a spectator's guide to BJJ?

    Well, if there isn't one, anyone is free to take that idea and run with it. I do occasionally see a bit of grappling and I'd like to understand what I'm looking at. My old school had Yamasaki Academy classes in one room a few nights a week, that's about the extent of my exposure.
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    a spectator's guide to BJJ?

    Hi, I was looking for something like an online spectator's guide to BJJ. Can someone point me to something like that? Thanks :)
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    TKD fitness, running newbie; ideas?

    I only got to run twice, then I got injured sparring, then I got sick (again). I put an app on my phone called RunKeeper to track distance and other data. My last run/walk the app said I did over 1 mile, and the first mile took 17:28. I feel pretty good about that, considering most of it was...
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    amount of space needed to practice forms

    I went ahead and got basic puzzle mats from Home Depot, like the ones for kids but grey and a different texture pattern. It was about $35 for 8 sections, so my space is 4 foot by 8 foot. Enough for me to practice most forms without squishing stances alot, and only backing up 5 times or less per...
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    assisting youth classes: dealing with problem behavior

    1st... love your avatar chinto! :D Yay B5! When I say assistant, I mean there is also a teacher. He is the one who decides what each class does. It's not my call to switch activities. From the responses I've seen so far, there isn't a lot I can do except what I've been doing. When I mention...
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    assisting youth classes: dealing with problem behavior

    Hi, I'm interested to hear ideas for handling problem behaviors, specifically kids not adults :D I'm assisting kid TKD classes and I've got a few behaviors specifically in mind. The whiner, the chatter, and the show off. Had all 3 in one class today, multiple whiners and chatters - and one...
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    Put off by the yelling?

    Of course you can. Yelling can be a tool to teach them that. We're talking beginners learning to yell. Not everyone automatically knows how their body works. Still sounds like the socially conditioned people you mentioned lack confidence. Whoever said we turn into noodles after yelling? If...
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    In Which I Started Running

    Sooooo... I started running on Sunday. 1 minute running, 4 minutes walking - 4 sets of this. Two sets down the trail, two sets back toward my starting place. That felt good, so I reevaluated my original plan and wrote a post in the forums asking for advice. I didn't get the kind of advice I was...
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    TKD fitness, running newbie; ideas?

    Sparring isn't that intense yet (and my knees haven't given me trouble yet; I'm only, what 31?). I'm mostly assisting junior classes. Only 1 day/week that I'm there is sparring. We don't have an adult class right now, so I'm sparring with maybe 10-15 year olds. The classes are less than an hour...
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    TKD fitness, running newbie; ideas?

    Thanks, I'll look into couch to 5K tomorrow. I found the website: http://www.c25k.com/ Apparently the presidential fitness testing isn't just for kids. adultfitnesstest.org if anyone is interested. There are two challenge things adults can do on the regular presidential challenge website. I'm...
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    TKD fitness, running newbie; ideas?

    Hmmm, the current requirements for the national fitness badge for an 8 year old girl is a mile in 12:30, so actually I've never done a 10 minute mile.
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    TKD fitness, running newbie; ideas?

    Hi, So I've never done much running outside of school and class times. I've come back from 5 years of being physically inactive. I can't spar strong for very long at all. I have 3 belts before black and I know I'll need better fitness by then. So, running. My boss/instructor wants me to do 10...
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    Put off by the yelling?

    Another thing: Along with a good yell, the abdominals tighten. If you get hit wrong (or right, haha) it can knock the breath out of you. If you are ready to tighten your abs like with a good yell, when you get hit like that, it won't effect you as much and you recover faster. That's kind of how...
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    Mats for home training

    Hi, So I'm thinking of clearing a bigger space for training. I don't think it's healthy to spend too much time on cold, hard tile barefoot, and I prefer not to practice in shoes, so I'm thinking about getting some kind of mats. I don't want to break the bank or anything and it does need to be...
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