Taekwondo had to be Cancelled. Holidays anyone?

I was off interstate again with my wife who was on conference. Had to cancel two of my classes, but am ready to start again this Thursday. If anyone is interested, let me tell you I totally enjoyed Sydney and the Hunter Valley.

Managed to pick up '75 down blocks' by Rick Clark. It's an interesting book and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the worth of traditional style practices.

Where I disagree with the approach to accumulating this rich material for one specific technique is in the teaching or transmission of this information. Many instructors seem adamant to do as much as possible for each and every stage, and expect equally as much from themselves as well as their students. For me, my goals are far more honest and humble. Each stage or belt rank is a progression for beginners through the arts - to ensure they arrive at shodan ready to do some real learning.

Students who have gone through my program seem able to remember and recollect those aspects of their rank training that I have intended they should remember ... and are able to build up on those basic skills nicely. (See 'You're expecting too much from them, Colin')

Of course I approach training in one specific way and am happy with the way it's progressing. I urge other instructors to look at being real with their expectations and developing a programme suited for their style and needs.

75 Down Blocks: Refining Karate Technique (Google Scholar)
Karate Underground Discussion on 75 'Downward' Blocks


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Mark Cook said…
Hello Colin,
I have had his book for a long time
and go back to it occaisionally. One error that a person could make is to look at the book like a technique collector. There are good options and possibilities.

Im not a particularly bright individual and on top of that I have a horrible memory. I try with any book I read to get at least one "nugget" out of it.

For the student that a good grasp on basics it introduces the idea that a block can be more than it appears. That is one big nuggetfor most.

I put this zen story on my blog the other day..

A master was having tea with two of his students when he suddenly tossed his fan to one of them, saying, “What is this?” The student opened it up and fanned himself. “Not bad,” the teacher commented. He then passed the fan to the other student and said “What is this?” The student closed up the fan and used it to scratch his back. Then the student popped open the fan, placed a rice cake on it and served it to his teacher.

Using the word fan limits a things usefulness whether it is a fan o a blocks. It is hard to say when of if a student is ready to be that plyable in their thinking.

Have a great day.
Colin Wee said…
That is exactly right Mark, and there is wisdom in extracting what is applicable for the individual. I, like you, appreciate it when a resource like this comes around to provide the opportunity to open up the mind's eye and expand the pie. Certainly the book has drawn criticism from detractors - whom I think mostly miss the point. While I think the book presents fantastic content, I'm not going to go re-write my training program or hack together extensions based on all of what I see. However, I will promote it within my group as an interesting resource that should not be ignored. Maybe my students would find their own nuggets within the pages. :-) Colin

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