Taekwondo, at Koryo Do; Thursday, March 9, 2017

Thursday, March 9, 2017 I needed to get to class tonight to help settle my mind. Sometimes I have a strange anxiety attack that hits me when I get too excited about an event, and I had one of those episodes a couple of hours before class.  Knowing that a newly ordered camera was about to be delivered sent me into one of those moments of not being able to breath, feeling like I am going to faint, becoming numb all over my body, and being covered in sweat. I have always called it my “casino syndrome” because it happens on … Continue reading Taekwondo, at Koryo Do; Thursday, March 9, 2017

Taekwondo Martial Arts at Koryo Do, March 7, 2017

March 7, 2017 Upon arriving to class tonight, I noticed little room to sit down in the lobby.  Puzzled for a moment by finding a spot to sit and put on my foot protectors, I managed to squeeze into a chair and observe what was going on. I noticed that a blue belt student was practicing board breaking with the supervision and coaching of Master I. Delgado. She seemed somewhat upset by her efforts, and my heart went out to her. The one and only time I had ever tried board breaking, I felt like a total failure. Before I … Continue reading Taekwondo Martial Arts at Koryo Do, March 7, 2017

March 2, 2017 Taekwondo at Koryo Do Saint Augustine, Fl

March 2, 2017  http://www.koryodo.com This started off as an odd week of classes. I guess we all have those kinds of weeks sometimes. On Monday night I was the only student to show up for class, and although Master A. Delgado offered to still hold class, I ended up deciding to just wait until next week to work with other students. Tuesday night I got involved in a project and ended up skipping my regular class. Tonight, I made it back to class, and it felt good to be back even though I worried that I may not be in my … Continue reading March 2, 2017 Taekwondo at Koryo Do Saint Augustine, Fl

Taekwondo at Koryodo,February 23, 2017

February 23, 2017 http://www.koryodo.com As I took the mat for tonight’s class, I noticed that I was only one of two students. This was not a comforting thought, quickly realizing that my glaring weaknesses would be clearly visible to Master Delgado. We started with our normal stretching exercises moving into snap kicks, front kicks, indoor and outdoor kicks, turning side kicks, and turning back kicks. We went through Chong Ji by breaking up steps, using all steps, and beginning from different directions. Then we started working with Dan Gun (the next form pattern) of which we had only learned and … Continue reading Taekwondo at Koryodo,February 23, 2017

Martial Arts Taekwondo Class February 21, 2017

February 21, 2017 http://www.koryodo.com Tonight’s lesson began with stretching and cardiovascular exercises, such as middle and side crunches, leg lifts, punches, and blocks all set to music. Then for the first time I tried to follow all of the forms. Until now I had only been working with Chong Ji, but tonight the more experienced students led us in all forms. We weren’t expected to be able keep up with the more advanced students, but as beginners, the exposure and effort helped to begin to train our muscle memory. Master Delgado pointed out one beginner’s step kicks as having incorporated … Continue reading Martial Arts Taekwondo Class February 21, 2017

Martial Arts Weapons Class at Koryo Do, February 20, 2017

February 20, 2017 http://www.korydo.com As mentioned in my previous blog, tonight was the scheduled night for weapons class. I contemplated participation in the weapons class all day, wavering back and forth between participating and just asking to observe the class. Since I am a beginner and informed that the class was normally for advanced students, my mind raced with images of black belts spinning weapons around. I will admit that the thought of being hit by those weapons within my imagined scenario did scare me. This class just could be over my head. Using sticks as a weapon interests me … Continue reading Martial Arts Weapons Class at Koryo Do, February 20, 2017

Martial Arts at Koryo Do February 16,2017

February 16, 2017 http://www.koryodo.com I was looking forward to tonight’s class since this was the last class to prepare for Saturday’s testing for my white belt. There was also something else that I looked forward to sharing with Master Delgado. As mentioned in the previous blog, the new walking stick which I ordered (an early birthday gift to myself – one month early) was delivered to me just before class time.  My new walking stick was gorgeous. It was not your ordinary walking stick. It was made of torched bamboo, but as awesome as it looked, it also had an … Continue reading Martial Arts at Koryo Do February 16,2017


O’Brien, Gina R. Warm and Cozy, Cocooned Complexity Dew of morning and rays of sunshine nourish Gold shining light within, evading attention As we dance and swing and notice none As ninjas we build in the shadows of twilight Growing strength betwixt the moon and sun Hearing music crescendos played by nature Rain, storm, wind, and lightning come   Awareness pushes against contentment As each light fades to twilight dark A restless stirring begins to spark The nest is tighter, comfort stark   We begin to press toward transformation The bird song louder through the veil Dare or not, we … Continue reading Transformation