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Dear Martial Arts Instructors – how do you register attendance – paper/computer?

If you are running a martial arts class or participate in one as a student, I would like to know how attendance is recorded – is it on paper / book or is anyone using mobile / apps / tablets

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taekwondo clubs update

I went to a club today not realising that they had closed until end of August.  It was briefly nice to see another area of Leeds and I found some nice cheese because there was a big supermarket en route.

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taekwondo tales from a southern softie

So I got kicked on the nose by a 15 yr old (unintentionally) then shortly after kicked on the nose by 11 yr old (also unintentionally). Welcome to the North ! And yes I should easily have blocked both. But

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off to Leeds next week

I finished at MHRA today and it was sad to leave a group of lovely friendly professionals who have contributed to making it a fun and energizing place to work. I am also very grateful to my director who supported

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Training update – more strength training needed

I ran to & up Box Hill again yesterday – it was slightly better than last time – I took one less break and halved the time of the others, although at one point I had to take a very

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Training update

This was the best Wednesday session I’ve had since starting helping with the juniors – sometimes not been able to or struggled with the main session afterwards but Mole Valley magic well and truly sparkling with both junior and senior

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Running goal 2 completed – up Box Hill (ish)

Firstly an apology – I put the wrong map on previous run to Dorking post, now corrected. I ran the route below today. No taekwondo on Sundays at the moment as Master Rowley has had to alter his work schedule. 

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Taekwondo and the Mole Valley dojo

It was  great to get back into more sessions this week, trying to restore some balance where other things have taken over. Back side kicks are still not right but the unlearning is continuing.  It was just great to be

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when demonstrating a kick goes completely to plan

Funny moment in taekwondo today and Charles said it was one of the best demonstrations he had ever seen. We were in pairs doing various kicks and combinations. Master Rowley talked briefly about the importance of shouting (kihap) when you

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next three months update

I have changed roles slightly so that I will be focusing full-time on learning technologies projects as an adviser during the next three months. It’s exciting. I still remember the why it mattered to me from the late 1990s when

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What are the best exercises for all around martial arts training?

Interesting question and replies on Quora: http://qr.ae/TfZDy Lots of usual anatomy areas – abs, core, joints, back, tendons/ligaments. I personally need to work intensively on all of these at the moment. It’s not practical or affordable to attend Pilates or

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Koryo

Koryo or Goryeo is an interesting welcome to Korean history, in particular the Goryeo dynasty.

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Happy World Tai Chi and Qi Gong Day

Did this just before a Skype interview, worked a treat, peace x

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and now the training really starts

We all passed today and it was a privilege to see many amazing martial artists in action. It’s been a wonderful weekend of taekwondo including the session with Grandmaster Yoon. I have to be more careful with hand movements and

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grading this weekend

I think I wrote about 5 months ago that by the time April came I would be whatever practice I had put in between now and then and so as the grading approaches I am exactly that. I have decided

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#Parkinson’s awareness week – facing discrimination

Master Mark was interviewed on BBC today discussing life with Parkinson’s and facing discrimination including his arrest during the Olympic cycle race last year, for not smiling. Video – apologies not possible to embed at this time http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-22149790 Guardian report

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New taekwondo club opening in Chichester

Master Gavin Banks, formerly of our taekwondo club before he moved, is opening a shiny new taekwondo club in Chichester. Free taster sessions ! Tuesday 7:30-8:30pm and Sat 10:00-11:00am Bassil Shippam Centre, Tozer Way, Chichester PO19 7LG Tuesday & Friday

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expression of emotions, energy and martial arts

A few conversations over last few days and reading through Bruce Lee: Fighting Spirit has been quite – not sure what the word is actually – but interesting in a sense of understanding human regardless of martial arts abilities or

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leaping lightly off the ground – jumping reverse hook kicks

Went several centimetres into new territory yesterday as we went through three stages of reverse hook kicks / gullgi chagi: Stage 1 Reverse hook kicks With reverse hook kicks. for some reason in drills which I have yet to understand

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training update – instinctive movement

One of the many useful things about practising sparring regularly is that you understand that it is difficult to keep up with thought processes when something is coming towards you e.g. when you flinch even though your partner is not

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