D. Dryden


D. Dryden's Black Belt Blog

October 22, 2010

For Junior Advanced Class: 
We began to learn free-sparring on Wednesday.  There are many things to remember when you
free-spar, but two basic things I want you to remember every time you free-spar
is (1) always keep your hands up, and (2) move around.  The double guarding block will keep your face
protected and give you a free hand to jab and check your distance between you
and your opponent.  The more you move
around, the harder target you will be for your opponent to hit.  As you learn to move faster, you will be able
to get around your opponent when you want to throw techniques against them,
too.  If you are ever in a situation
where you actually have to fight and protect yourself you will be glad you
know how to move around.  Use all the
space you have to move.  You will be a
better free-sparrer as you learn to keep your hands up and move around.

For Adult Beginner Class: 
We went over one-steps a lot in class this past week.  Remember the purpose of the kihap (yell) in
one-steps. There are thee kihaps in each �one-step� sequence.  The first kihap is made by the attacker as
he/she steps back into a front stance and performs a low block.  The purpose of the first kihap is to signal
to the defender that an attack/threat is imminent.  The defender acknowledges the threat with a
counter yell, which is the 2nd kihap in the one-step sequence.  The attacker then attacks the defender as
he/she steps forward to punch.  The
defender deals with the attack/threat by performing the �one-step�.  After the �one-step� is complete, the third
and final kihap is conducted as the defender steps back into a double outer
forearm block.  The purpose of this kihap
is to signal the end of the �one-step� sequence.  Both the defender and the attacker return to
junbi in order to begin the next one-step sequence.  Please remember the purpose of each of the
three kihaps in one-step sparring.  If
you understand the purpose behind the kihaps your �one-steps� will flow
smoother and you won�t have to worry about when you have to kihap.


October 15, 2010

For both classes: Remember your loads when you do hand
techniques.  Blocks always load on the
bottom and strikes load on top.  The only
loads that do not follow this rule are the ones that cross (i.e. low block,
knife-hand strike, etc.); in this case the hand doing the technique is on the inside.  Do not get
sloppy with your loads.  A good technique
must begin and end well � this means starting with good loads.  I am going to be watching for your loads next
week, so make sure you do them correctly. 
Also, if you did not read my blog from last week, please do so and be
ready to recite the knowledge for your rank if I decide to ask you.


October 08, 2010

There are two sections to this entry.  One is for the Junior Advanced class.  The other is for my Adult Beginner class.  It does not matter to me which of these you
read, but when I talk with you in class next week I will only review the things
in your section.  The last section is for

For Junior Advanced class:  One thing we did in class this week was practicing
techniques from the front stance.  You
may think this is odd, because when you start free-sparring as a green belt,
you throw all your techniques from a back stance (or fighting stance).  However, your basics of sparring were
actually obtained much earlier as a white belt when you learned one-step
sparring and execution sparring; you did all your techniques from a front stance.  There are advantages and disadvantages to
either stance, but you need to know how to throw techniques from both.  The front stance gives you more stability and
a solid base, but the back stance is meant to give a harder target for your opponent;
it also lets you move around easier.  If
you watch kickboxers or boxers on tv they are actually punching from a front
stance.  The kickboxing/boxing stance is
a little different, as the back leg is not totally straight, and this helps the
boxer move more freely.  Still, the
principle is the same because the front stance gives them a more solid base to
throw strong punches and kicks.  Again, you need to be able to do your techniques from either stance, and please make sure they are good stances.

For Adult Beginner class: We focused on forms and one-steps
this week.  I would like to stress the
importance of good stances.  I remember when
I was a white belt/orange belt my instructors would always yell at me to have
good stances.  They still yell at me, in
fact.  A good stance is one of the keys
to a good form.  The more you practice
your form with a good stance, the more it will become permanent.  I know it is hard to remember your stances each
and every time, but you need to get in the habit of doing each technique
properly, and that means doing it with a good stance.  Remember, practice makes permanent!

For both classes: There are five key items you need to know
about your rank.  They are (1) name of
your form, (2) its meaning, (3) number of movements in your form, (4) when you
kihap, and (5) what the color of your belt means.  If you can answer these questions you will
have the knowledge down for testing. 
Please go to the Curriculum tab to review your rank�s knowledge (make
sure you are logged in):  http://www.omahamartialarts.com/askj/lessons.askj

Have a good weekend! 
I will ask you about your ranks next week, so be prepared!