Three years ago Julie and I bought our first lovely home. Moving is always a nightmare but we managed it. We did pretty well but one thing that didn't make it was my swivl and camera.
What is a swivl? A swivl is a small robot that holds a camera and points that camera at a small remote. The remote is also a microphone. The swivl is essentially a robot cameraman and sound engineer. My original was instrumental in building Hapkido Online and I felt it's loss.
The one pictured above is the Generation 1 Swivl. Which is what I had. This is obsolete nowadays but still works perfectly for making Hapkido tutorials. Even a used swivl is still usually a couple of hundred dollars.
I realize it's not a vast sum of money, however, I've always run Hapkido Online on a shoestring budget. I keep my costs low and that way I can keep my fees low for you, my students. In fact i haven't raised fees once in the eight years since I began Hapkido Online.
I've been watching Ebay and Amazon off and on hoping to find a used swivl that wouldn't break the bank. Well I found one for $60 on Ebay this evening! I ordered it and it should be here by mid January.
All of you, yes you, pray hard that this thing works. We need it to bring new content to the site. I have some camera options that I believe will work reasonably well. I'll keep you posted.
For now, very excited at the prospect of making new Hapkido videos.
Today I cleaned and updated every page under the Home tab, FAQ, JOIN, and Store. My new Linux web editing software comes with spell check and it's a revelation. I fixed a number of spelling errors, some have been there nearly eight years. One thing I've been doing is refining the language so it's easier and faster to read. I still need to replace camera gear and I need a swivl device to act as camera person.
One of the major updates added to the site is I've added language and links for Hapkido Dummies. For many who have trouble keeping an uke available these dummies will be a game changer.
I'll be tackling the Learning pages in the days ahead. My major focus is to reduce the amounts of words not only on the page but spoken in the videos. You would think that more words = better learning but actually the opposite is true. It's always better to show than tell.
I hope you all have a great year and grow as Hapkidoin. Tell your friends about Hapkido Online!
Teacher and Hapkido Online Developer.