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"Kick Me"

Posted on 2010.04.23 at 10:25
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I've stated before that I'm a whore for trying new things but getting my ass kicked wasn't ever on that list. As a "white belt" - the lowest rank martial artist, I thought I was immune to sparring - they've always separated us away from the group for individual training when everyone else suited up.

And while its true I didn't spar, I was surprised last night when they put a padded vest on me to trade kicks with my partner (a giant of a man I'm always partnered with, presumably because of our closeness in rank (he's two belts ahead of me) and my stockiness offsets his...giganticness). One of us stood stationary while taking kicks, then moved down the mat so the other could spin, jump, or step and kick again. And again. And again. We each moved up and down the length of the dojo twice.

We did this practicing three kicks, from both feet, one of them combinations. That was something like 120 kicks and I could barely get my leg high enough to strike my huge partner in the chest area with my instep by the last round.

But that's not what bothered me. You see, I too got kicked in the chest 120 times.

It was quickly becoming apparent last night, but moreso this morning...my torso aches. Like, all of it.

We test for our Yellow belts tomorrow, and our attention to detail and "discipline in our forms" will be the difference between being awarded full yellow or "Advanced White" which is a white belt with a yellow stripe running through it.

Maybe that's why I got the shit kicked out of me - its just semantics as far as the Grandmaster is concerned?


quicksilvermad at 2010-04-23 19:57 (UTC) (Link)
Having been through the rigamarole of the white belt/yellow belt advancement of Taekwondo, I understand your plight. Aching torso especially. Except for the high kicking... I can still do that. Front kicks, however, are stupid and a great way to try and break your own foot.

What killed me was the constant horse stance punching. I'm more of a kick boxing person. I like the boxing stance because it makes me feel protected. That fucking horse stance just made my legs and lower back hurt lick fuck all. It leaves you wide open for attack and I don't care what they tell you—you cannot physically bring your body into a protective stance fast enough when some joker decides to knee you in the groin when your feet are firmly planted a little over shoulder-width apart. That's just dumb and hurts. It also ruined my lower back and cast me as the "hypochondriac" to all my PE teachers (not kidding—I'm more accident prone than any fictional character and I once caught two PE teachers talking about me and saying I "made up all these stupid problems to get out of doing stuff" which I didn't do—I ran the mile with a fucked up nerve in my back. It took me ages, but I didn't quit, assholes).

I learned more in my brief Muay Thai class than over two months in Taekwondo. Your own shins make excellent weapons. Just watch Ong-Bak and you can see what I'm talking about. The first one. It's the best one.

I think what really turned me off from Taekwondo was they never taught you how to block hits—eating a jab with your forearm and pushing your body into the opening this created to give your opponent an uppercut to the ribs, pushing someone's hit away from your body with an elbow to strike in the closer space created as you step in closer with another jab to the stomach... I don't think I need to tell you how much getting punched in the stomach hurts.

This is making me want to spar. But I don't belong to a gym and I have no one willing to let me beat the crap out of them. Solution?

I need to join a gym. Go back to the Sport and Health Club or something. I need to do research now...
ehowton at 2010-04-23 21:21 (UTC) (Link)
Its difficult to articulate why I'm [still] in Taekwondo but self-defense isn't the primary reason (though on Thursdays we sometimes train in Hapkido for the grappling/blocking lessons), but I can certainly see where the jumchum sogi would be non-beneficial. We only use it during cardio thankfully.

As far as wanting to spar, well...stay tuned! We're moving all the furniture out of our living room, laying those interlocking pads on the floor, hanging a South Korean flag, and installing those free-standing punching bags. Since we all train as a family anyway, right? Now we'll be able to practice more than just our forms, we'll have our own mini-dojo.

Picture soon ;)
thesweetestnote at 2010-04-24 03:32 (UTC) (Link)
Its difficult to articulate why I'm [still] in Taekwondo but self-defense isn't the primary reason

kat_rowe at 2010-04-24 20:58 (UTC) (Link)
*hugs you and rubs liniment on your owwies*

Hope you did well on the test; hang in there!
ehowton at 2010-04-25 01:44 (UTC) (Link)
Hey thanks!
kat_rowe at 2010-04-25 02:35 (UTC) (Link)
welcome *hug* I always considered standing and letting someone kick the shit out of me good practice for real life but, at your age and with your life-experience, you probably don't need it

*hugs you more*
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