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Last weekend, Regine caught up with me by achieving her 3rd degree Taekwondo black belt. “Achieving” may not do her justice as she totally aced the test with maximum scores. I am very proud of her, as she is of herself.

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Since I had little else to do but watch I was able to record her forms and board breaking. Below are links to both videos – the forms in particular may be helpful for anyone on the same path as they are all very well executed and may serve for preparation purposes.

The forms are: Koryo, Kum Gang, Toi Gye Hyung and the “White Tiger”, the creative form she made herself. (The latter, of course, can not be used in testing again). Click here to watch.

Her board breaking includes:

  • spinning hook kick
  • tornado back kick
  • reach hand strike (reverse chop)
  • jumping front snap kick
  • chop

To watch the video, click here.

Off to 4th dan, then. Will we be testing together for it?

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Bodo Master Chun Karin

Grandmaster Chun, fellow student Karin and me after the testing.

 

It’s done! A rocky road it was, and testing was delayed by at least a year due to injuries and an extended stay in Germany earlier this year. Testing was on November 14, actually, but that weekend was overshadowed by most tragic events in Paris. It just wasn’t the right time for joyful news that matter so little in comparison.

At any rate, testing went well despite the usual bruises from board breaking. What may matter more to you is that during pre-testing I discovered quite a number of errors, omissions and ambiguous wording in my condensed curriculum sheets (a.k.a. “cheat sheets”) contained in the Taekwondo section of this website. So I will get to work over the next couple of weeks and update every single one of them. Surprisingly, this now rather private website still gets a bunch of hits each day, and people are downloading the PDFs. If you are one of them, or if you are planning to use the sheets which follow the World Taekwondo Federation’s curriculum, please be sure to check in a few week’s time. All sheets are dated so it’s easy to spot the updated ones.

As always, please feel free to e-mail me if you find things missing or incorrect.

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