When I first started my training a little over a year ago I felt an immediate satisfaction, but Tang Soo Do has grown into a very deep passion of mine. There isn’t an aspect of my training that I don’t enjoy and look forward to every training session, no matter how worn out I might be from the rigors of my work. I tend to be quiet when I step into our Dojang (a place of great reverence for me); I come in with focus and with a sense of purpose. I place high expectations on myself, in that I want to work and grow to be the best that I can be. I’m kind of an “All In or Nothing” kind of guy, and I give it everything I have when I step onto the floor. It is a goal of mine to ultimately become the best product that comes out our Dojang.
Team Turtle instructor Kyo Sa Mike Torchia proudly promotes students at two ceremonies on 4/5 and 4/12. We are especially proud of the efforts of Alexandra Hamm, Cole Burke and Lucas Demarco who will be graduating from Team Turtle with their first Jr. Kicks test this June. Go Team Turtle!
There's more new COLOR in the school! We are pleased to announce the promotion of 29 Tang Soo Do students who left it all on the floor during two 2-hr tests earlier today. In addition, one student was recognized for standing out among his peers and really impressing the instructors with his fantastic focus. Jake Kuta shined today and is our newest OCKicks MVP! Way to go Jake!
We would like also recognize Michelle Garcia, Kyrin Garcia and Derrick Porter for their outstanding dedication, effort and improvement during the last two months. Michelle in particular really stood out and impressed not only the instructors but everyone who watched her shine. Great job guys!
And finally this test marked the first crop of Team Turtle graduates to reach Green Belt in Tang Soo Do! Nicholas Haugen, Erin Gilliland, Douglas Tuohy, Maile Conger and Faris Khalek each started in the Team Turtle program and graduated to Jr Kicks on Oct 25, 2008.
SBN Gilliland as a Green Belt circa 1989
Ancient people had a deep interest in the development of forms as well as a profound understanding of them. The following is a translation of what is found in the text, Moo Yei Do Bo Tong Ji, author unknown, of the 17th century:
"Performing with hands and feet and conditioning of the body is the beginning of the study of the art of Tang Soo Do. In actual combat, form does not seem in an obvious way to be a necessary part of the martial arts. However, practicing forms perfects the ability to perform hand and foot techniques freely. This is fundamental to making the best use of one's body at all times."
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