Today, I was honored to be invited to observe and support a Dan Shimsa (Black Belt Test) with many candidates at various levels.
I was inspired by the high level of skill, the high number of female candidates, and a  scientific publication that was timely shared. But first, let me start with some context...
[Edit] After initially publishing this post, I participated in more discussions and received other observations. I hope the additional commentaries help in this exploration.
Are low stances beneficial?
Warning: This may get debatable. But I promise I have a point.
I'm just as guilty of once providing instruction / coaching to make sure that the front knee is bent (preferably close to 90 degrees) in front stance (chungul jaseh). My original reasons behind this recommendation included:
Some may argue that there's no other purpose because using exercises throughout the full range of motion is a functional strength and conditioning principle.
But that's just it...What is the function that you are looking to achieve?
Are you reaching down to the floor to perform an action?
Are you bracing yourself for a moment of impact?
Can you safely do both functions without loss of efficiency?
As a family, we're slowly returning to a normal routine, which includes having our dojang / training space available after renovations.
I've experienced two major breaks into my personal practice. It amazes me how this time, natural movements and an internal focus make such a positive impact in the transition back from time off. Remembering the previous lessons learned, and always a work in progress.
Here's a preview into my personal practice: experiencing Dangsoodo inResONEnce.
I was recently inspired by one of our students in our Mobility inResONEnce program to really reflect on the WHY behind our HOW.
Recently, I received this update:
I continue to be amazed by this student's forward mindset and commitment. It's not my story to share, but this student was extremely forthcoming with past histories and current challenges.
In our Discovery Call, I was even the first to say that I'm not sure if I'm a good fit for the student's needs, but that I'm willing to try and learn.
We started with Mobility Assessments.
We allowed life to take over through the holidays, but continued to commit on a once-a-week session when the schedule fit.
We modified the programming carefully each week, taking notes of how things felt before, during, and after each session.
And in less than 10 mobility sessions, progress!
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