Last month my son and I passed our latest Tang Soo Do grading. We’ve been training with CKMA for the past four years and have now progressed to ‘Cho Dan Bo’ or ‘preparing for Black Belt’. If you’d have told me four years ago that I would be on the cusp of becoming a black belt in a martial art I wouldn’t have believed you. I’d never had any inclination or interest in martial arts and had no experience. It was only when seeking to find a hobby for my son that I went along with him and decided to take part myself.
For those that don’t know, Tang Soo Do is essentially Korean karate and a close cousin of Tae Kwon Do. One of the parts of martial arts I wasn’t familiar before beginning my training is the ‘forms’ or ‘hyung’. These are patterns and groups of movements and techniques which improve your stances, flexibility and ability to combine punches, kicks, strikes and blocks.
To pass our Cho Dan Bo grading we had to perform around ten forms, including two forms we were grading on for the first time.
and Naihnachi Sam Dan
These guys are very good, particularly the guy in the first video. The power and emphasis on each move is something I’m working on but as you go higher up the grades that always improves.