Hi! My name is Gordon White, I run the Blue Wave Taekwondo branch in Burlington Vermont. If you are interested in The Blue Wave Taekwondo Schools, please visit our Web site: The Blue Wave Taekwondo Association

Monday, October 29, 2007

Defense vs. Offense

Here is a great match between Turkey and Italy. Italy is ahead for much of the match playing straight defense to the Turkey's offense. As soon as the Italian player changes to offense, he loses is lead and the match goes into over time.

It looks like this is from a European championship. A nice broadcast with slow motion of the points between rounds.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Seminar Season!

Sorry for the lack of posts! I have been very busy the last couple of weeks.

Seminar Weekend in Michigan

I flew out to Michigan the Weekend of October 6/7 and taught two sparring seminars for Midwest Taekwondo. If you read the Korea Trip posts, you know who Master Gale and Master Panizzo are of Milan Taekwondo / Mid West Taekwondo. They were kind enough to invite me out to teach a seminar.

A bonus of the trip of course was that I got to hang out with Masters Gale and Panizzo. They showed me a bit of Plymouth MI on Saturday night, and Sunday before I flew home Master Gale and I took in the new Resident Evil movie. Honestly, can you ever get enough of Human Eating Zombies?

The first seminar was with 13 and under. We had about 20 kids. The seminar covered "run, jump, skip" style warm up, and covered basic kicking and steps, as well as free kicking, then we moved into paddle drills, and ended with some sparring.

The second seminar was for 14 years and older, and was 4 hours long. We had about 15 participants, almost all black belts. We did a quick warm up, some basic kicking, and jumped right into paddle kicking. We covered forward and back drills, offensive combinations. We took a 45 minute break to eat, and get suited up. The second half we did hogoo Drills (attack/Counter sequences) and finished up with some sparring.

Master Gale had a few other instructors participating, Master John Vasquez of Supreme Taekwondo, Mark Kanaar, (sorry didn't get the school name) and Erin Hoard of Infinity Taekwondo. It was really nice meeting and working with these other instructors.

Seminar II

This past Sunday I traveled to Feeding Hills MA where I taught an Olympic Style Sparring seminar at Shugarts Martial Arts. Master Shugart has been including Olympic Style Sparring at his school for almost 2 years now, and it is gaining popularity. We had a group of about 25 participants. We covered basic Warms ups that emphasize proper body mechanics for kicking, Full, Skipping, backward steps and 4 Basic Round house kicks. Offensive Rear and Front leg, and Defensive Rear and Front leg. The we continue with these techniques on kicking paddles and finished with some sparring. The seminar was about 3 hours long.

Other News...
The Burlington School is doing well. Our family classes have been pretty full lately, and the Saturday morning kids class is typically bustling with 5 - 9 year white and yellow belts.

Our next big association event is the Blue Wave Black belt Conference, which is being held the first weekend in November in Killington at the Grand Mountain Resort.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Photos from Seminar and Testing at Dartmouth

Another Grandmaster Tae Sung Lee trip has come to end. We had a great time. Grandmaster Lee had the opportunity to do a lot of teaching, at a lot of different dojangs. Many Blue Wave students had the chance to experience a practice with him.

Its always hard for students to grasp that Grandmaster Lee is really one of the most senior Taekwondo instructors in the world. He has been Teaching Taekwondo since before it was officially called "Taekwondo", he is not only a 9th dan, but has students who are 9th dan. As far as his physical condition goes, you would never guess he is in his early 70's.

Here are some photos from the Seminar Grandmaster Lee taught at Dartmouth, as well as some photos from the 4th - 6th Dan testing that followed.

Seminar with Grandmaster Lee:

High Dan Testing:

This past weekend was the 3rd Annual Blue Wave Golf Tournament, proceeds benefiting the Bruce V. Twing Scholarship fund. There were 8 teams, and a lot of hole sponsoring going on, total money raised was around $2000. A good day for us, I should have some pictures of that soon.