The wait is over! We filmed, edited, and uploaded a LOT of Green Belt video this evening. I have more footage in the can that needs editing. Master Feathers and Braxton filmed Green Belt Interceptions today. I look forward to seeing that material.
Our new video camera works well enough. You will notice the latest video's seem a bit darker than video's past. This isn't the camera's fault. It's the dead of winter and the sun was fading fast during filming this afternoon.
I've decided to pick up the pace a little bit. I will be dedicating one practice a month to filming only. I always strive to find a balance between the needs of my local students and my remote students and I hope this will be it.
I've come across the most extraordinary device today. The 'swivl':
Essentially the swivl supports any lightweight camera or cameraphone on a tripod. You clip a remote to your clothing. The swivl automatically aims the camera at the remote. The remote also acts as a microphone and remote control for starting recording and stopping it. This is AMAZING! It's like having a tiny robotic cameraman at your beck and call. Whats really great is they have priced this well within reach of us mere mortals.
Imagine how this device could assist us with Hapkido Online! We could attach webcams to it for the Digital Dojang, we could attach digital video cameras to it for filming techniques. We can even make quick little video's with our cell phones.
I am geeking out about it!
I called swivl today and essentially gushed about their invention for 30 minutes. They were so enthused about my enthusiasm they are going to call me back and talk about possibly link trading or perhaps even sponsorship.
We certainly live in an exciting time!
I have decided to make today's practice a dedicated Hapkido Online filming practice. I am behind schedule on this important work for our remote students. Mathew and I will be filming green belt techniques.
You are welcome to attend and we can always use a camera person but it won't be Hapkido practice in the traditional sense. Today's practice is optional for most of you. If you do attend you will be expected to be very quiet and out of frame. For what it's worth Matthew and I usually learn things from this filming because we are forced to really explore
the techniques in depth. Thanks for your patience and for allowing me to help our folks who can't be here with us.
Hello Hapkido Friends,
We've had a couple of small setbacks and it has slowed progress. #1, I accidentally broke our video camera. Never fear, a new camera is on the way and it is really needed for the Green Belt videos!
#2, I still do not have reliable high speed internet at our new home. I was
making headway on my savings goal to have Cox Cable trench in a new line for the house when the camera broke. I decided to spend part of our Hapkido Funds on the camera. I know that you have entrusted me with your membership money and belt fees and I am committed to using those resources to forward Hapkido Online and make it better than ever. In light
of this I've found a lightly used camera that is suitable. No point paying retail for something that's going to travel about in my gym bag. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Master Tim Feathers for helping out with the Digital Dojang while I get my I.T. ducks in a row.
I would like to cheer Mr. Thobias on his efforts to build the very first Hapkido Online Club in Brazil. Those of you stateside with clubs understand just how much of a commitment that is. We are all behind you Thobias and Good Luck!
Of course, Mr. David Henry and John Straka have my sincere thanks as well for their efforts to grow and develop their own Hapkido Club in West Virginia. Your participation and hard work have filled me with pride.
Grand Master Rodemaker personally expressed his approval for our Hapkido Online Clubs to me on the phone this week. He thinks it’s a novel concept and should be a great stepping stone for new THA Charter schools.
I would like to express my gratitude to my own family who have decided to give me two hundred square feet of our barn to build my new Hapkido Online Dojang in. Thematically I plan to make it strongly resemble the website with warm redwood tones and parchment colors. Finishes will be simple and affordable and in keeping with the Korean ways of
doing more with less. I look forward to practicing and filming Hapkido in a room that has the look and feel of a traditional Dojang. Aahhh Dreams....
But first I'll focus on the necessities of getting internet and adding
content. Never fear.
Though they may not be big changes I continue to build the website and make refinements. Some of you may notice the little things that I have done to make it that much better. I am steadfast in my goal of making Hapkido Online great and giving you the very best Hapkido instruction I can.
Everybody have a blessed and safe Thanksgiving Holiday!
Teacher and Hapkido Online Developer.