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#316707 - 01/20/07 11:18 PM A sword at last!
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Well today was what will probably be my last colored belt tournament and I did quite well. Sparring I went up against my usual opponent, and as usual (fourth time now) I was thoroughly trounced. However we nicely traded places for patterns and I took gold. This of course meant that I had to compete for grand championship and amazingly enough, by 1/10th of a point, I WON!

How the heck did that happen???? lol Anyway, I took home a very nice trophy sword which looks really nice on top of my tv stand Anyone know how to tie a peace knot?

Anyhow, here are videos taken from the tournament. Hack away. I just uploaded them, so they may take a few minutes to finish processing.

Grand Championship Pattern

Sparring Round 1

Sparring Round 2

Laura

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#316708 - 01/21/07 01:07 AM Re: A sword at last! [Re: tkd_high_green]
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congrats laura!!
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#316709 - 01/21/07 01:19 AM Re: A sword at last! [Re: tkd_high_green]
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good job on the competition! you guys do the sine wave much more pronounced than we do. try to work on locking out your side kick more. just enough to say in your head "one thousand one". on your sparring, try to be more aggressive. don't stop until after the ref tells you to stop. I saw a couple of times when she turned her back that you backed off to let her turn back around. NO beat her on the back of the head (if head shots are allowed) until the ref says to stop. Where's mcmillantkd? he's seen a sparring video of me recently. wonder if he can post it.... anyway it's late and I'm rambling, back on track. overall looked good. work on speed and aggression in sparring. Good job!

Casey
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#316710 - 01/21/07 10:54 AM Re: A sword at last! [Re: tkd_high_green]
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Excellent job, Laura! First place, that's great. I can't check the videos yet, but I can't wait to see them.
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#316711 - 01/23/07 08:34 AM Re: A sword at last! [Re: tkd_high_green]
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Ok, just watched everything. Nice job on the form, very crisp. I liked the round 1 sparring. That was a lot better than the other video that you put up a while back. I can see some improvement. You were more aggressive and using more combinations. IMO, you could stand to be even more aggressive - especially with that opponent.

Round 2 was not quite as good - you looked a bit lethargic with your strikes.

But overall, very nice, and good on you for putting up the videos for us!
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#316712 - 01/23/07 11:19 AM Re: A sword at last! [Re: MattJ]
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Thanks guys for the feedback. Except for the side kick in my form, I was very happy with my overall performance of hwa-rang. Although, going back and watching the entire division, I think had I not been the last person to go, I probably wouldn't have won it. Luck of the draw I guess.

I felt better about my sparring performance as well this time around as well. I definitely fight harder when my opponent is doing the same. As for the second round, part of the problem I had was that she stuffed me pretty good with a side kick and knocked the wind out of me, so I was wheezing a bit for a good 20 or 30 seconds at least. I can just imagine what that kick would have done without the hogu!

Laura

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#316713 - 01/23/07 11:40 AM Re: A sword at last! [Re: tkd_high_green]
clmibb Offline
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I was wondering what happened. It looked like you backed WAY off for a little while. Now it makes sense.

Casey
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#316714 - 01/23/07 01:36 PM Re: A sword at last! [Re: tkd_high_green]
BrianS Offline
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Registered: 11/04/05
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I guess it would be polite for me to hold my tongue,but what the heck.

I don't want to hurt your feelings Laura. Have you watched any other schools shodans? I would put you at 6th kyu level at my school,seriously.

You might want to look into other schools in your area.
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#316715 - 01/23/07 03:22 PM Re: A sword at last! [Re: BrianS]
tkd_high_green Offline
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Brian,

I suppose I should keep my mouth shut...but what the heck. Your constructive criticism sucks. Rather than insulting my performance, my instructors teaching ability, and the quality of every black belt in my school, not to mention every other school in the area, maybe you should just focus on indicating areas in which I need to work and ways to do so, as other people have. Of course if that is the way your instructor talks to you, then you might want to look at another school.

Golly gee, I already know my sparring sucks. I lost didn't I? but then again, I'd like to see how you'd do against someone a foot taller than you, oh, and you're only allowed to kick with your right leg too.

Now as for patterns, aside from the crappy side kick, and I will be the first to admit that it was crappy, but aside from that it was a damn fine pattern if I do say so myself. It was good enough to take grand champion, which means it was better than every other adult colored belt pattern at the tournament. Huh, dunno about you, but it sounds to me like my instructor must be doing something right.

I don't know about you Brian, but I bet there are things that those lower ranked than you can do better than you, and things you can do better than some of the higher ranked students at your school. Everyone is different, and judging a school based on three minutes of video of one student isn't exactly fair. There is nothing equal about rank even in the same school. Everyone has their strengths and weaknesses. I would personally be just as happy being a green belt at another school as I am about testing for my black belt next week at my school.

The fact is, I train hard and to the best of my abilities, and I am constantly pushed and challenged to do better, and frankly thats all that matters.

Now, if you'd like to post some constructive criticism, be my guest

Laura

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#316716 - 01/23/07 03:37 PM Re: A sword at last! [Re: tkd_high_green]
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Registered: 08/25/04
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Loc: Torrance, CA
Woah Laura! Whenvever one puts anything up on a public forum you get alccolades or criticism. And you open yourself up to that very fact if you present yourself here and should be willing to suck up approval....or not. Or why post it?

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