Stretching is part of it, the other part is your leg muscles and kicking dynamics. I recommend kicking at a high target to develop high kicks over just static stretching to kick higher.
Originally Posted by Corum Irsei
He was concerned that after 8 sessions he should have a new belt by now? HA!
We are now only two in a class, as the third student felt the training routine was too slow and kept saying that after more than 8 sessions, we should already be preparing for yellow.
I don't see any problem with that.
is it ok to have 2 instructors? Not at the same time, but I noticed our instructors usually alternate every 2 sessions.
It will be useful if you think about training method more than techniques in a vacuum. Do you practice against an opponent who's really trying to hit you, and will continue doing so without a ref stepping in whenever there's real contact?
Second, is WTF okay in a practical setting? I asked the type of TKD they were teaching and I was told that it was WTF. After doing some internet browsing, I've noticed that the majority swear by ITF and only say that WTF is for the Olympics. Is the difference in style that great?
If self defense is your main focus, are you okay with having it only be 1/4 of what you work on?
Third, I brought up the self-defense issue with my instructors and was surprised when they alloted the last quarter of the session to teaching me simple techniques that I didn't know Taekwondo had.
How did you practice this?
one self-defense form involved holding the attacker's hand and chopping the neck.
How do you practice this?
We were taught that we could also grab a different area and knee them in the gut or hit them in the shin.
Are you actually putting on gear and trying to get each other, or are you sitting cross-legged in a circle nodding your head that it would probably work? The latter is like learning weight lifting in a lecture hall- you may learn the right things to say and the theory behind the art, but you can't apply martial arts with intellectual knowledge alone.
Last week, we were introduced to a wrist lock and twist (?) move for when an assailant puts his arm around you feigning friendship but just wants to keep you from running away. These two for now until we get them right, though. Also the other instructor taught us how to hold a bag or laptop so that we could use it as a weapon when our hands are encumbered.
I suppose you could, but if your mechanics are good you won't be able to hit with power without hurting yourself (except for kicks maybe). A big advantage of kicking shields etc is that you can use them for interactive drilling with a partner- they can move, strike, and present the target in a way that a post can't simulate.
Finally, to answer Permalost's question, yup, there is a kicking shield and a kicking pad. No punching bag though. I was told, however, that I could practice my blocks and punches on a wooden post if I had no partner to work with.
Anecdotally, there are plenty of people here who do hard object conditioning and don't have arthritis or other problems. There are old karate masters who also claim to not have any dexterity problems. I karate chop at a kettlebell on a chain as part of my training. Of course, the plural of anecdotes isn't data.
Now, my question is.. What is the verdict on Wolff's Law here? I am not sure which to believe and I am quite paranoid with my hands since I am a dental hygienist and the last thing I need is arthritis.