Taekwondo - However it was called in USA in the early 1990s
I remember being astounded by this 'chatter'. But as I turned my listening ears on, I found that much of what was being discussed matched a lot of the non-verbalised insight I had from my own experience. I soon relied on this information for my own learning and found it was a great way to share experience. I even felt beginners had good insight to offer when discussing their own experiences learning techniques.
|Proctor Dojo circa 1990 - before I joined it, and before I widened the hole in the wall to the left and outside of this picture.|
When I look back at the training at SMU, it seemed like it was not one class, but two classes. You've got the beginner or coloured belt program, and throughout the first bit of training you'd be put through the paces and required to line drill the various basics. We'd do a couple of basic punches, sometimes combining fundamental blocks and punches. Then several basic kicks like the front kick, front leg and back leg roundhouse kicks, a side kick, and maybe a back thrust kick. Very little, if any, 'extreme' or aerial techniques were practiced.
|It's been decades - but I still wear the patch and feel|
great loyalty to AKATO, GM Keith Yates,
Sensei Bryan Robbins, and Sensei Mike Proctor.
This article was first submitted to Totally Taekwondo in April 2016 and published 22 January 2017.
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