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?
I try to not write as many pandemic-related topics on my blog, because...well...let's face it, it's been exhausting.
But a personal experience today inspired me to write about it, and it's something that has slowly amplified in my life for the last 5 years.
But first, please allow me to introduce some background before introducing some tips on how to find (and feel) successful in your endeavors during a pandemic.
I've shared my tips for instructors on how to launch a successful virtual martial arts program, but I hear you...
What about us, the students?
In the year 2020, students (and parents alike) have been asked to take on more when it comes to learning virtually. After all, virtual learning methods do not guarantee an effective experience based on the student’s preferred method of learning.
As a pedagogy enthusiast, and an experienced virtual / remote learner for 3+ years, I’ve been able to upgrade my personal practice. In fact, I just learned a very long form / hyung in 4 virtual lessons, each session lasting no more than one hour.
Here are my hacks to a successful virtual learning experience:
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