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Homecoming

Yes, that’s right. I’m back in the states! And to celebrate I thought I’d write my first fitness post.

 

Today was my first day back and I was greeted with a breaking and sparring clinic! I’m not sure if I mentioned it before, but I’m a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. It’s really the only sport I’ve done my entire life and the only directed form of exercise (unless you count marching band or dabbling in dance throughout high school)

 

I  have been going to the same studio with the same instructor since I was 9 years old. I absolutely love it here, the community is wonderful and our instructor is down right amazing.

Tae Kwon Do has been a part of my life as I grew from child to adult, student to teacher, I don’t know what I would do without it.

 

Today was my first time back in the studio since Christmas (it’s really my first time back home for any significant amount of time since then as well) and I was so thrilled there was a clinic today. Our breaking and sparring clinics are the time our instructor takes to really adjust our sparring performance and teach us our new breaking combination, an essential component of each belt exam. Currently I’m not preparing for an exam, but it’s really fun to get to break boards.

 

As a black belt much of what we do is teaching. My instructor always told us: “When you were a colored belt the black belts helped train you. Now it is your duty to teach the new colored belts in return.” I like the cycle this makes. I wouldn’t be where I am if it weren’t for some very devoted black belts, and I love teaching in return.

 

This clinic was three hours long and everybody broke at least 6 boards by the end. My favorite combination of the day was a spinning wheel kick followed by a partial wheel kick. fun fun fun. I love wheel kick, I have really long legs so the pin wheel motion allows me to get a lot of momentum, and spinning kicks always look really impressive.

 

the aftermath The Aftermath of Broken Boards

I plan on taking advantage of my time home and going to as many practices as possible before university starts again.

 me cracking up while stretching before class

~ Do you do any sports? Martial Arts anyone?

 

 

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