Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Leadership & Black Belt Training - 12/01/18

Our first of these monthly sessions for 2018 takes place on Friday 12th January at the usual times:

7.00 - 8.00pm Junior Leaders
8.00 - 9.00pm (followed by a short instructors briefing) AIs & HIs

View scheduled dates for the rest of 2018

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Black Belt Dan Gradings 2018

Please see below dates for Black Belt Dan Gradings during 2018 to be held at:

Wembley CKD
Barham Primary School
Danethorpe Road
Wembley
Middx. HA0 4RQ

Sunday 10th June
Sunday 25th November

Coloured Belt Gradings 2018

Please see below proposed dates for Coloured Belt Gradings during 2018:

Wednesday 7th February
Wednesday 28th March
Wednesday 23rd May
Wednesday 18th July
Wednesday 26th September
Wednesday 21st November

Leadership & Black Belt Training 2018

Please see below dates for Leadership & Black Belt Training and Black Belt Tag Gradings during 2018:

Friday 12th January
Friday 2nd February
Friday 2nd March – Black Belt Tag Grading
Friday 20th April
Friday 4th May
Friday 15th June – Black Belt Tag Grading
Friday 6th July
Friday 3rd August
Friday 7th September – Black Belt Tag Grading
Friday 5th October
Friday 2nd November
Friday 7th December – Black Belt Tag Grading

Don't forget the Regional Black Belt Training event on Sunday 18th March! Click here for further details

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

6 Tips For Achieving Your Goals In 2018

The end (or start) of the year is an excellent time to stop, look back, and review what you’ve accomplished before looking ahead and considering what you are planning to achieve in the next 12 months.

Given that martial arts training is a long-term activity, it's a really worthwhile and productive exercise and we’ve discussed a simple, practical approach in the past, but if you haven’t yet decided to start thinking about your goals for 2018 and beyond, here are a few quick tips:


1. Know Your Goal 

Obviously, the first priority is have a very clear idea of what you want to achieve. Know and define your end goal. While an expected answer for a Choi Kwang-Do student goal might be “become black belt”, it could also be “achieve yellow belt senior within 6 months” or “find out what’s required to become an assistant instructor by the end of the year”.


2. Create An Action Plan 

This doesn’t need to be complicated:

  • Regular class attendance (where you can be supported by instructors) 
  • Regular practise at home (where you can refer to your syllabus guide) 

Your actions will logically be guided by your overall goal and if the above 2 steps are on your action plan there is a high chance you are moving in the right direction. Your goal will also help to rationalise your actions too. If you’re aiming to achieve yellow belt senior in 6 months, and you are questioning yourself on whether you should allocate 10 minutes a day to practising your pattern and speed drill, the best answer is "yes".

Remember: action creates results! 


3. Set Realistic, Short-Term Goals 

One of my tasks over the Christmas break is to prepare and publish the schedule of dates of coloured and black belt gradings for the coming year. From this, students should be able to schedule realistic, short-term goals complete with the dates by which they can work to achieve them. For reference:

- Coloured belt gradings are roughly every 2 months for students taking 2 classes per week, and every 4 months for students taking 1 class per week.

- Black belt tag gradings are every 3 months for 1st degrees, and every 6 months for 2nd degrees.

- Black belt dan gradings are every 6 months.

As you will know, a sustainable way to achieve long-term goals is by breaking them up into smaller, more achievable, short-term goals. Thereby creating numerous successes and helping yourself stay motivated.


4. Keep Track Of Your Progress 

Write down your short-term goals and their dates. A simple wall calendar can be useful for this and will inspire you in a number of ways. Firstly, the physical act of writing them in some way brings the goal 'alive', and using a calendar will provide a visual reminder. You'll see the dates approaching and be inspired to work harder towards achieving them. In addition, not only does ticking them off feel good, you can also look back to see your previous achievements and acknowledge how far you have come. 


5. Reward Yourself 

Like many other martial arts, Choi Kwang-Do is fortunate to have reward system in place: belts. These serve as an indication to both you and your fellow students your level of expertise and/or duration of time training. They are also great for motivation as they prove to you what you can do with a little planning, execution and focus.  

Once you have achieved one of your short-term goals (and definitely when you achieve a long-term goal), reward yourself! This is will mean different things to different people - a new purchase perhaps (book, music, clothing), a meal with friends, etc.

Marking your achievements with something else you enjoy will give you something to look forward to and help you stay consistent.  


6. Re-evaluate Your Progress 

Every month or so, re-evaluate your short-term goals to make sure that you are still on track. How are you getting on? Great, or not so good? Was your goal realistic? Do you need to invest more time? Is your action plan working but not as you had hoped? Take time to assess what you need to do differently and adjust your plan or expectations. Feedback from an instructor can prove useful here. 

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Jason Wright is a 6th Degree Black Belt and Master Instructor in the martial art Choi Kwang-Do. For further information on Choi Kwang-Do classes for children, teens and adults in Ealing, West London visit www.TheMartialArtForLife.com 

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Leadership & Black Belt Training/Tag Grading - 08/12/17

Our final monthly class for the 2017 also includes our quarterly Black Belt Tag Grading. The grading list will follow by email.

7.00 - 8.00pm Children
8.00 - 9.00pm Adult Black Belt/AIs & HIs

Click here to pay Grading Fees online

After this grading there are only 2 regular classes left for 2017 at Ealing CKD - Monday 11th and Wednesday 13th so please ensure you are present to receive your results. The first class back in 2018 will be Monday 8th January.