May 11, 2013

HOT Topic #11: Another "master" is born


I attended a local Taekwondo school's black belt testing today. It was a detailed and strenuous testing where the students had drilled and practiced everything that they had to do during the testing. This meant that everyone performed the correct technique and the correct time. Students went through all the motions but there was a lack of commitment or understanding of what they were doing and the perfection of technique was lacking. It appeared to be a demo more than it did a testing.

One teenager was testing for his FOURTH DEGREE, a master rank at this school. He had started training at 5 years old. All his hand techniques were just movements of the arms, no hip snap or leg push or power. His kicks were at or below belt level. His round kicks were some perverted front/round kicks that terminated well to the side where the target would be located. He had a perverted side kick and was looking 180 degrees away from the target. His jump kicks were more like hop kicks.

When sparring, he only kicked to the body protector and never used any hand attacks.

Even though he was testing for 4th degree, he only had to break one-1/4 inch board with each technique, and even then, the technique he used was sloppy.

The results: he passed of course and is now a teenage "master" of nothing.

2 comments:

Benjamin Martinez said...

Unfortunately, as you already know, there are plenty of McDojangs out there. Students of such and their "technique" reflect this as clear as the sun shines. All we have to do is pass on the torch our master bequeathed us and pay attention to our students. Their failure is our failure. I hope his teacher realizes this.

Benjamin Martinez said...

Unfortunately, as you already know, there are plenty of McDojangs out there. Students of such and their "technique" reflect this as clear as the sun shines. All we have to do is pass on the torch our masters bequeathed us and pay attention to our students. Their failure is our failure. I hope his teacher realizes this.