So for my Birthday a Hapkido Master named Tim Feathers came to visit me. You are likely familiar with him from his many contributions to Hapkido Online.
Let me tell you that was a very great Birthday present!
Master Tim and I are old friends he was my first and still favorite teacher and frankly one of the best!
We spent several hours re-filming white belt.... I know, I know, we already have white belt film. However most of that stuff was shot over a year ago. Since that time my photography capabilities and film editing skills have greatly improved. Also my ability to teach Hapkido has improved. Also, also, I have lost 37 pounds since that old footage. Also, also,also, this time I could demonstrate it with Master Tim!
As you know White Belt training is free to all who visit Hapkido Online. We want this free test drive content to be up to par with our latest content so that students and potential students can see what they will be getting at all levels. It makes sense to put our best foot forward.
Now those of you heading into the higher Gup levels were not forgotten for we also took the time to film all Blue Belt Joint Manipulation!
Needless to say the film editing for all of this excellent footage is daunting. But I have begun. As I type these words I've been editing for nearly 5 strait hours. Everything I have edited up to this point has been uploaded to white belt breakaways. Even if you are well past this point in your training I urge you to go and have a look see at white belt again and our new footage, it's the best we have done to this point.
You may notice that the move Across the Bow has changed. Master Tim and I originally posted our legacy version of that move. The new film has the move as outlined in the THA encyclopedia. Frankly THA's version is superior to our older way anyhow. For those of you learning and testing. You may demonstrate this technique either the legacy way or the new way, sorry for any confusion.
Well it is well after midnight and my alarm is set to ring in less than four hours...... I'll resume editing and uploading as soon as I can folks. Till then good night and God bless.
After more than a year of training, we are finally getting some students into the higher Gup levels. As a result I have to get back to work! For those of you keeping track I've been adding content to High Green today. You will notice that I've merged hand and foot techniques onto one page. As we progress to the higher levels the net number of new techniques reduces but we expect greater polish on the content already learned.
I am frankly looking for a massive jump in overall capability from green to black belt.
Hopefully I can get new video loaded soon for those in need.
Also for those of you above green, it's time to start sparring. Invest in some good safety gear. You'll notice I am not selling that stuff here. I don't make a penny from you investing in your own safety. I do sleep better at night knowing you are doing the right thing.
Take the time to read my tutorial about sparring safety:
Good martial arts requires a bit of contact, otherwise you are just learning to dance. But always, always, place safety first.
Very proud of progress overall. For some of you it might be time to ask yourself when the last time you checked in was... I have a digital dojang and I'm not afraid to use it folks. I serve you best through constant feedback.
V/r and God Bless,
Teacher and Hapkido Online Developer.