Hapkido cane

So since my knees aren’t what they used to be, and since I have a few gray hairs, I promised myself a while ago that if I got my black belt I would seek to learn how to use the cane as a weapon. That’s something available to learn in Hapkido, taking a street-legal item like a cane and using it for self-defense. Thursday night I brought my cane to class and Master Michael showed me a couple of techniques afterward. The first is deceptively Read More +
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I am now a black belt in Hapkido

In the martial arts world, it’s kind of like graduating kindergarten. But I’m still pretty happy that I can join the ranks of my daughters. It was a morning of physical challenges (like 700 jumping jacks, a 2- mile run), then doing the forms we’d learned. We had to demonstrate our knowledge of techniques – 5 for each belt for a total of 45 – and then break five boards (not all at once). I’m tired and sore, but I feel pretty good.
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I am now a high-brown belt

These are my hands after I did a double back-fist strike to break two boards at once. I missed a bit with my right hand and didn’t connect with my knuckles, which is why I’m a bit scraped up, bloody and bruised on the back. But yes, I do feel kind of bad-ass!
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I am now a brown belt in hapkido

Testing went very well. I guess I was a bit pumped because my partner hit the mat hard enough to toss his glasses. Oops. Now, the girls test for their deputy black belt on Wednesday.
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Thursday links – go read about stick fighting!

The new Sherlock Holmes movie got me to thinking about stick fighting Where to buy Hapkido cane techniques Pre youtube stick fighting techniques What Holmes was allegedly a master of
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Belt testing tomorrow

Monday I test for my yellow belt in Hapkido. The daughters have already tested for their red belts in Tai Kwon Do, and passed with flying colors. Hated to miss it, but I was in Milwaukee Saturday. UPDATE: And I’m now an orange belt in Hapkido. Yay! Instructor pulled a bit of a trick – I didn’t just break one board, I had to break two. Not bad though – it was a knee break that I knew I could do.
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Yellow belt

BTW I’m a yellow belt in Hapkido now. Knee is getting better, but I do feel it when the weather changes.
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Knee jerk

Bubs stopped by in the thread below and asked about my knee. Thanks Bubs! Actually, it’s doing pretty good. Problem is, the same travel and workload that kept me from updating my latest story also kept me from doing something rather important: Physical therapy. I know, really stupid. Still, I did a lot of walking and stretching and … the doctor told me Monday that I’ll have a bit of a harder time breaking up the scar tissue that’s built up since then. Oh well, Read More +
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Second class

Several years and about 20 extra pounds ago I was in good shape and studying Aikido. I enjoyed the class, but time and money intruded. Today, I’ll be taking my second class in Hapkido. It’s offered at the same dojo where my daughters study Tai Kwon Do with their friends. It was their idea, and they’ve stuck to it. So, as part of a deal with them to keep them motivated, when they passed their green belt test I told them I’d join too. They Read More +
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