It is not only learning the moves, or how to defend yourself, but also about the discipline that it brings into your life that changes you. Attending a class on a weekly basis and committing to a certain way of life so you can physically keep up with the training are essential aspects of this way of life. If you can discipline the mind in this way, hopefully, you can bring this into other aspects of your life that need it.
Our training is not exclusive to learning punches, kicks, blocks, and other moves in a training setting. You also learn how to use these in real life situations. In Taekwondo and Karate, you also have to learn forms, such as Kata and Poomsae. They are sequences of movements put together from the basic moves you learn. I will discuss this more a little later in the blog. Most good clubs will concentrate on fitness, flexibility, strength training, agility, speed, power and could also throw in some yoga and Pilates.
Although gaining new belts are an incentive and show experience, they are not the be all and end all of the martial arts. They should be respected for what they are and the context in which they were gained. I worked hard for my Brown belt in Karate and my Red belt in Taekwondo. I will continue training with Taekwondo and hope to attain my Black belt later in this year, but will take my time and do it correctly. Many clubs rush people through too quickly, proving nothing.
I developed this, over the four years I was there, as a unit and eventually brought it into the curriculum in Basel a couple of years ago. There, I taught it to all grade 9 students. Many students looked forward to it, and many were interested in how it would work. Luckily, I had previous videos of my students in Bejing to show examples.
I will do a post-blog on my unit with more pictures and updated videos of my current students as well as how I assessed them and how the group performed.