I’m a Blue belt!

Wahey! Since early June I went for my Tae Kwon Do belt grading exam to aim for my blue belt. I was so nervous and was seriously not ready to become a level higher. It was also the fact that I was suggested to grade next year so I would be more comfortable with the exam and techniques. So to be kinda forced to take the exam (for a couple of reasons) I didn’t feel confident.

Although I didn’t want to grade and was scared that I wouldn’t pass, I managed to practice a lot and did really last minute preparations before the exam. I messed up a little during the poomsae patterns -I forgot the side kick in pattern 4 but manage to save it- because I still had the adrenaline rush from sparring so my head wasn’t straight.

Even though I stumbled on a few parts and had to attempt my hook kick board break like several times, because I wasn’t following my kick through, I managed to survive and pass my grading!

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Sho happy!

So I am now officially a blue belt! Just one more away from black! However I seriously will wait a year before my next grading because I am soooo totally not red belt material yet. Red belts are technically “black belts in training” and I don’t have the speed nor flexibility of a black belt yet. So here’s to a better year of training!
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With our new belts!

We’ve now completed fresher’s and have managed to get over 100 students to sign up for TKD this year. Shall have to figure out how to choose candidates now since we can’t officially fit more than 35 in the room… We also are looking forward to setting up a fight camp (anyone got a better name?) as we’ve successfully applied for funding from Starbucks ^^ How exciting!

Do you do martial arts or any sports to keep fit?

With love
Kekidoll xoxo

Paintballing near Upminister

My TKD team organised an outing with the group to go paintballing in Upminster. We went for a whole day which lasted from 9am till 4:30pm. The place is set in a secluded area with lots of arenas separated by walls of trees and forest.

There were 7 games to play but I only went for 5 since I was happy when I managed to hit someone and also be shot a few times; it means I have proof I’ve got stuck into the war zone. The game modes were all different every time and on different maps, we played (in no particular order):

Protect the VIP
One team member wears a fluorescent jacket and acts as the President. S/he needs to get on the bus on the opposite side to the map to win the game. The whole team needs to move and kill the enemy and safely get the President on the bus.
A fun map but as the enemy team is simply aiming for the president, all who surrounds him will be continuously shot.

Capture the Flag
One team protects the castle and the other needs to infiltrate from outside to get to the flag and capture it by pulling the ropes till the flag is at the top.
This map was easier to manoeuvre in due to well placed wooden screens. The enemy team needs to stay inside the castle whilst the other team infiltrate the base so as long as you’re crawling or crouching and run really fast you van dodge bullets.

C4
One team is given an explosive which they have to successful plant and detonate in the enemy area.
I didn’t play this map but apparently one team tried to strap the C4 onto his body and charge to the detonation zone. However he was shot in the chest too many a time and failed. My friend on the other team just legged it to the detonation zone and slammed it down like in Rugby (or American Football) and won them the game.

Capture the Huts
5 huts are dotted on the map, one being in the middle. Whoever captures the hut and is inside it wins the game.
I couldn’t do much in this mode since I was stuck on the tower shooting people which I couldn’t clearly see due to cloudy googles. When I was on the opposite side, I was stuck behind a board and My paintballs fell out the canister QQ.

Pyramids
Eliminate the enemy team using the obstacles as cover.
Everyone was hiding behind blocks or pyramids. Since most cover was taken it was hard to move to the other side and wipe out the enemy. Someone did run through the middle pyramid and shoot two guys at point blank range which caused a massive bruise on their arms… Talk about lethal!

Hunger Games
Similar to the movie, it’s every man for himself and the last man standing wins.
I sat out for this one since I didn’t want people following me and pelting me with bullets…

Each map was fun but did get very muddy from the rain in the early morning but it did end up sunny in the afternoon. So it was starting to get very hot in our overalls and our masks kept fogging up >.< I also have no idea why they decided it was a good idea to go a week before our TKD grading exam, but nether the less it was good fun. Would you ever go paintballing? With love, Kekidoll xoxo

Officially a Green Belt

I’ve been a little behind with updating the blog and replying to comments lately. Still need to work on that!

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Just passed!!

Life had been busy in and out of work. We have a good few websites launching, new office to be opening up (business trip soon, yay!) And I’ve also been doing a lot of training for Tae Kwon Do. We had a 6 hour fight camp last Sunday which also included grading (it went on for 3 hours because there were soooo many of us!)

Watching Master Bae teach us the way
Watching Master Bae teach us the way

I’m pleased to tell you that I passed! (Pretty sure you gathered that from the title and/or my instagram.) So now I am a half way to becoming a Black Belt but still have yet to perfect my 360s and also or more power into my kicks… I somehow feel it gets lost or maybe it’s my body telling me “noooo you’ll damage the poor kid” and decided to conserve the power on release… ‘Tis annoying.

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The grading session was the longest and everyone was really tired after it. We had to drive for 2 hours to get to the hall in Surrey. So everyone got to bond in the car, playing yellow car and having fun. It was a nice day trip. For those who dont know what grading is, you’re graded on your knowledge of the martial art. You therefore perform certain kicks -on the dlr and also in stances- plus hand techniques. There are also sequences we need to learn called poomsae. It takes time to perfect it all and it for to the point where I practised my poomsae at the bus stop and at work.

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After accomplishing this milestone I now need to focus on grading for blue belt which requires 2 new poomsae patterns to learn a whole load of other advanced techniques and much more control. My a is for December (2 gradings away) so if I begin now, I’ll be awesome by Christmas time!

Tae Kwon Do Training
I look scary man…

The white and yellow belts are getting ready for student nationals now so all is seniors (man feels so old) have to help them practice. Wish them all good luck!

With Love,
Kekidoll xoxo

Officially a Tae Kwon Do Yellow Belt

I passed my Yellow belt exam a while back and am soooo chuffed! I did a mock exam the week before and it went really well so I was expecting to pass, but when the real thing was happening I got nervous. We were tested on so much I almost forgot steps in my poomsae, but our master asked us (white belts) to show him more than he needed to. This meant he was impressed and it makes me proud hehe.

Hopefully I’ll continue to improve and shall be able to do 360 kicks at head level easily!

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Mah Yellow Belt!!

With love,
Kekidoll xoxo

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