Sunday, 6 April 2014

Ealing CKD Easter Schedule 2014

Due to the unavailable of Ellen Wilkinson School and Crowne Plaza Ealing (our usual alternative location), there will be no classes for the next weeks. During this time we continue training at Wembley CKD on the following dates:

- Thursday 10th April
- Monday 14th April
- Thursday 17th April  Updated 16/04/2014: Class cancelled

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

Just 3 miles from Ealing CKD. Click here for a map of Wembley CKD

5.30pm Children (White - Yellow Senior)
6.15pm Children (Gold and above)
7.15pm Black Belts
8.00pm Adults 

Classes return to Ellen Wilkinson School on Wednesday 23rd April at the usual times. Monday 21st is a Bank Holiday so there will not be a class.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Leadership & Black Belt Training - 04/04/2014

Our April session will be on Friday 4th April at Ellen Wilkinson School.

6.30 - 7.00pm Leadership Training (Junior Leadership Team, AIs, HIs & CIs)
7.00 - 8.30pm Black Belt Training (All Black Belts. Advanced level students upon invitation)

Click here for Leadership & Black Belt Training dates during 2014

The 3 Stages Of Choi Kwang-Do

You will probably know that the Choi Kwang-Do curriculum is spilt into 3 stages or levels.

1. White to Gold Senior: Beginner Level

White Belt. This is where everyone starts their training.

The 3 basic blocks, Outward, Inward and Low are taught as well as Inward Punches and Front Kicks. Basic stances, movement, dodging are also covered along with terminology.

It’s here where the learning curve is at it’s steepest; not only are you learning the basic techniques of Choi Kwang-Do, you are also learning and absorbing the class protocol, procedures and overall philosophy of the martial art.

It's worthwhile noting that much of what is learnt at the beginner stage, eg. sequential motion, body weight transfer, follow through and recoil, forms the foundation for your future training in Choi Kwang-Do.

2. Orange to Blue Senior: Intermediate Level

It’s here whereby you should be reasonably familiar with the basics from the Beginner Level as this represents your second year of training, assuming you were grading every 2 months. A significant development is the Orange Belt Defence Drill: Level 6 hands down, single attack, block and counter. As a result the Defence Drills stays the same until Purple Belt.

You’ll also now be familiar with format of the curriculum: patterns – single and four direction, the speed drills, and learning a new hand and foot technique per belt.

3. Purple to Brown Senior: Advanced Level 

As with the previous stages, there are new nechniques to learn and a new Defence Drill at Purple Belt (Stopping Kicks) but now in your 3rd year of training you will have acquired a certain level of technical competence. You will have a stronger, more positive mindset to approach new challenges such as the spinning kicks at Brown and Brown Senior or your pending Black Belt grading. You may even look back and wonder why you struggled with some of the earlier techniques you have now mastered!

At the Advanced Stage I strongly recommend that students practise all patterns (4 directions) and speed drills when training rather than just your belt level. This is essential for Black Belt preparation.

In this stage peforming a set of coloured belt patterns should be ‘easy’; meaning that your recall of the sequences should be effortless allowing you to concentrate on your execution of the techniques and combination of techniques – how you flow from one to another. This is made easier given the fact that by Orange Belt Senior you will have learnt all of the techniques that occur in all of the patterns from White to Brown Senior:

  • Front, Side, Swing and Reverse Swing Kicks
  • Inward, Round, Upward Diagonal and Upward Punches
  • Sidefist, Backfist and Knifehand Strikes

A set of Coloured Belt patterns should take less than 10 minutes to perform. Do also remember that Instructors’ expectations of you during the 3 stages will increase progressively, as should your expectations of your own personal standards and abilities. You may notice this if you review your grading feedback forms over a period of time.

Jason Wright is a 5th Degree Black Belt and Master Instructor in the martial art Choi Kwang-Do. For further information on Choi Kwang-Do classes in Ealing, West London visit