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Day One: Monday, April 20

Music

Lucinda Williams Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, then Lady Gaga The Fame Monster 1

Mistakes

  • Pyung Ahn Sam Dan (escape and pull to head, should’ve been to body)
  • Dan Gun (last segment, did suto block instead of inside chop)
  • Chulki Cho Dan (did initial combination as per Naihanchi)
  • Osipsabo (extra kihap where not needed, blanked on technique after stepping back to right foot on final return of the form and had to pause – did the same exact thing twice in a row, blerg!)
  • Hansoo (skipped jump forward and double punch after tiger mouth strike)

Conclusions

None of the above fell into the category of consistent problems that I’ve been noticing day after day, except for Osipsabo, which is just starting to feel almost solid after a couple of months of intensified training. This is my most recent form learned, and it’s long and repetitive (with minor differences in the repeating sections for added confusion) so it’s not surprising that this form is the last to fall into place.

Notes

1 I almost never listen to music when practicing Taekwondo, but I often use it as an intentional distraction during these marathon forms sessions. The potential for confusion that they introduce helps me evaluate whether the forms have settled deeply enough into my mind and spirit that I can perform them correctly even when my attention is actively encouraged to wander.

Solo Poomsae
1. Tips for Solo Poomsae Practice
2. Seven Days of Training Many Poomsae
3. Day One: Monday, April 20
4. Day Two: Tuesday, April 21
5. Day Three: Wednesday, April 22
6. Day Four: Thursday, April 23
7. Day Five: Friday, April 24
8. Day Six: Saturday, April 25
9. Day Seven: Sunday, April 26
10. Day Eight (bonus day): Wednesday, April 29
11. June 16: Toward Mastery of Many Poomsae

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