Friday, April 10, 2009

Lesson Yoset - Good habits not bad!

It seems that the more I attend class the more I realize that I'm still not getting the basics right. Doing a simple front stance forward step. You go from a ready stance ( Jhoon Bee Ja Seh) to a front stance (Chun Kul Ja Seh), one leg out in front your knee bent so you can't see your toes, the back leg locked out, foot turned at about a 45 degree angle, then you come to a duck stance, by moving your back leg forward beside your front foot, keeping the knees bent and then stepping out to the front so you are in your front stance again, only with the other leg forward.

We have been doing this lots in each class. Tonight I asked Instructor Henderson if something I was doing was ok or if it was a bad habit... no sense forming bad habits.

Anyhow, when I was in the duck stance I was locking the knee of the leg that was going to be my back leg, so I wouldn't forget etc.

Well that has a tendency to make you move up and down as you do the forward step. Which is not whats supposed to happen, you are supposed to keep your head on a level plane while moving... so I averted (hopefully) a bad habit, and will be certain to do it right from now on.

I'll tell you when I watch Master Scota or the instructors do these moves it's like watching dancers, they are so graceful, I can only hope that someday I'll be close to as graceful! I know they have been doing this for years an I am only just finishing my third week, but I can dream can't I?

Ten Articles of Faith
  • Be loyal to ones country.
  • Be obedient to parents & elders.
  • Be loving between husband & wife.
  • Be cooperative between brothers.
  • Be respectful to elders.
  • Be faithful to your teacher.
  • Be faithful to your friends.
  • Distinguish the difference between good and evil.
  • Never retreat in battle.
  • In fighting, choose with sense & honor...always finish what you start.
Tenets of Tang Soo do
  • Integrity
  • Concentration
  • Perseverance
  • Respect & Obediance
  • Self control
  • Humility
  • Indominable Spirit

Jonathan Wagner
Cho Bo Ja


  1. You have learned faster than some do about not locking that support leg. That's a good thing to learn, especially if you keep it in your mind as you move forward.
    I have seen people, during gup tests, bob up and down as they were moving forward during forms. I can guarantee you that your instructors *will* be watching that sort of thing.
    Again, good for you for noticing that you were headed toward a bad habit.

  2. Thanks for the support. I have had enough bad habits in life. I don't want to have any that I could avoid! :)