Unfortunately, training in martial arts is a hobby for most of us. We are not able to quit our day jobs to become professional martial arts instructors, as much as we might like to. Therefore, martial arts may take a backseat to other daily life things; it is also not uncommon for people to quit training because they get so busy with other things. I am a full time pre-med college student and am still continuing to train while in school.
I never used to be a baseball fan. The number of games played per week boggled my mind and I could never keep up. Nor did I understand the lingo well enough to follow along (still not completely sure what a “balk” is). To top it off, it seemed like such a slow-paced game. So, yeah, I’d check scores every so often to see if my favorite teams were winning or losing. But beyond that, I couldn’t focus on the day-to-day schedules of the season. Soon I’d lose interest, and eventually just wait for football season to start.
That’s all changed in recent years, and now I understand the game better.
A great philanthropic effort, our Region 6 will start collecting pop tabs off aluminum cans to donate to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama (RMH.)
Sitting in a rocking chair, I’m watching several hundred TSD students, instructors, and masters warm back up from an hour long lunch break. They’re getting ready to go into the hour-long afternoon sessions of their choice. My boy, an orange belt, is reaching for the clouds by choosing Whip Staff with Mr. Dale and Staff Techniques with Mr. Best. I mean that by he is the lowest belt in each session.
2017 2nd Year WTSDA Masters Candidates
In 2016, I was humbled to be selected as a Candidate for Masters Clinic. I had the honor to have worked as a volunteer for the clinic for the previous nine years.
This is the first article in a series shared by Master McCarty on his history in martial arts, and in the World Tang Soo Do Association.
While at the Elberta Clinic, Mr. Bryan Hix approached me about writing a series of my history in Tang Soo Do. At first I really didn’t want to take the time to do this. But after some encouragement from a couple of my Black Belts I decided to give it a whirl.
How often have you said to yourself during a training session “if only I could do it like my instructor?” Obviously, you are paying great respect to the skills of your instructor but also importantly you are observing and creating a model or framework for imaging, or visually comparing your skills with respect to someone else. To image is to see yourself doing the skillful techniques of an accomplished martial artist in your mind and to actualize that image is to achieve its physical manifestation through your own repetitive practice.
My earliest training in the martial arts was in 1970 with a high school Judo club. It was a brief period of training and I dropped out within a few months. Over the ensuing years I informally studied other martial arts and yoga but never found an instructor, nor even put forth any serious effort at finding formal training. Twenty years later, in 1990, after a construction injury I found Master Bill Strong teaching Tang Soo Do at the local YMCA. This event would permanently alter the course of my life.
When I was about six years old I bought my first bike, it was used and too big for me but I bought it with money I raised doing little jobs around the neighborhood.
No longer unfamiliar territory.
The privilege of attending the 27 annual WTSDA's Masters clinic for my second year of testing for Sah Dan has left quite an impression on me. First let me say that the second year was less stressful than the first because I had been there once before, I kinda sorta knew what to expect and what the expectations were for those that were testing. Not to say that I was comfortable because I wasn't. The bar is set very high in regards to quality technique along with precision, timing and accuracy.
The World Tang Soo Do Association is pleased to invite you to become a part of the Hwarang Dan League! Under the guidance of Grandmaster Beaudoin, this groundbreaking program has been designed to develop and showcase the talent in the youth of the WTSDA and create a team of leaders to share their passion of our art in today’s world.
Patience is a virtue and defined by the dictionary as the quality of being patient, as the bearing of provocation, without complaint, loss of temper, or the like. An ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay; quiet, steady perseverance; even-tempered care; diligence.
I see Patience as an ability to wait on what is needed to be received. An ability not to go too far too soon but to wait for what will come in due time.