On Saturday the 13th at my seminar I was promoted to the rank of 3rd Dan by Grand Master Rodemaker and Master Feathers!
So today I decided to create a new membership option just for my black belts it, brings some savings for the students and helps continue to support our work here at Hapkido Online during the long years a student trains after 1st Dan.
One of my black belts signed on the new membership right away! This show of loyalty inspired me to get back to work and Mr. Mark Johnson and I resumed filming for an entire hour. In fact I only just finished uploading the video's ten minutes ago. I am happy to report that all of High Blue is loaded!
Additionally we revisited a move from High Yellow called 'The Snake". The old video reflected our legacy Hapkido system and wasn't congruent with Chon Sul Kwan or the encyclopedia. Chon Sul Kwan's snake is vastly superior; simple and effective.
I upgraded our home network infrastructure tonight with a much, much, faster multi-channel WiFi Modem. Further, it has the hardware ports for me to now build the underground network bridge that will run at twin redundant Gigabit speeds to the Hapkido Barn.
This is a major step in the right direction for faster and more reliable network and getting our Barn Dojang online.
Now I just have to bring out a contractor to trench a conduit and pipe from the house to the barn for data and running water.
This summer we'll be shifting Hapkido Barn progress into high gear.
Nobody seems to mind me filming wherever within or outside the house but having a dedicated facility will be soooo much better. Not only for remote training but also local and visiting students.
Many of you may not know that I also teach a small dedicated group of Hapkidoin at my base gym in Yorktown.
Till the Hapkido Barn is finished this will be our port of call. The Coast Guard Base Gym has been most kind providing us a place to practice and have been very supportive.
In exchange I provide the best instruction I can.
Many thanks to my lovely wife Julie for taking this photo of the base marquee sign and for her endless support of my martial arts ministry.
Hello Hapkido Friends,
I've filmed and uploaded two Blue Belt moves this week. Still plenty of work to do to the site but we are getting there. I really appreciate your patience with the process.
I am grateful to everybody for working hard with your Hapkido. I would also like to pass my gratitude to all the uke's out there for enduring painful joint manipulations for our students.
2013 has been a banner year for Hapkido Online and THA and I
still have the feeling that we are just
I pray that all of you have a blessed and safe Christmas and New Year celebration.
Last but not least I would like to share the Christmas story with you. THIS is the TRUE meaning of Christmas:
"18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about:
His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came
together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because
Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).
24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had
commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25 But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus."
2 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem 2 and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”
3 When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem
with him. 4 When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and
teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. 5 “In
Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has
6 “‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among
the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.”
7 Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. 8 He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me so that I too may go and worship him.”
9 After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the
star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the
place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. 12 And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.
The story goes on and on and is amazing. I encourage you to read the rest in
God Bless and Merry
Well tomorrow I leave for the Annual THA Conference. These are always the most fun a person can have doing Hapkido. I look forward to seeing old friends and learning new things.
Some of our Online Students are slated to attend I am sure they will be amazed. Everybody be safe out there and I'll see you at the Conference!
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,
Well Folks Happy to say our good work continues. We have new video uploaded to High Green and Blue Belt Level. It is frankly some of the best footage we've shot to date. As always I would like to share my gratitude with Grand Master Rodemaker for shooting Hapkido Online video. Also my undying gratitude to Master Feathers and family for their ongoing
work and effort. Also Mr. David Henry deserves mention for hosting us at his awesome ProForm Dojang. Also I would like to thank my wife Julie and family for allowing the Father/Husband a couple of days to focus on Hapkido.
I've also uploaded the prayer stretch for the warm-up pages. It's a stretch we do every class at my Yorktown school and I feel it's effective.
We still have a LOT of video in the can that needs editing and uploading. I'll
be working away.
Also I would like to mention Mr. Pat Mills, photographer and kindred spirit, who has selflessly lent his camera equipment and advice to Hapkido Online off and on for the last year. Much of the better stuff you've seen on our site was made possible by this man and we are indebted to him.
The last few weeks have been very quiet on Hapkido Online. I suspect that
Spring is here and folks are outside with their families and that is good. Family always comes before Hapkido. I know in the days and weeks ahead I see progress video's from everybody.
For those of you interested in building clubs and/or charter schools. Check out the new club membership option on the join and store page. It's a heck of a good deal.
One thing I can say about Hapkido Online and the Tactical Hapkido Alliance, we want very much for you to succeed. Many orgs are very reticent to share and are territorial in nature but THA has always worked hard to see it's people be fruitful and multiply.
Some of you seem to struggle endlessly with finding uke's. I'll be praying for you. Hapkido can bring people together if you let it. I trust the Lord will look out for you. Remember it's impossible to learn Hapkido alone. One might say it's impossible to really learn martial arts alone. It would be like trying to sharpen a blade without a sharpening stone with the empty space alone.
"As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another."
Teacher and Hapkido Online Developer.