Kuk Sool Week!

June 05, 2014

Hello! Sorry I haven't updated the blog in AGES, I've been super busy and have had not a lot to talk about really. The only interesting things which have happened are my GCSE Courses commencing and the things I am about to talk about in the following post!

Firstly, if you are unaware, I am an active practitioner of the Korean Traditional Martial Art of Kuk Sool Won and have been practising since January 8th 2005 (at the age of 5). I am currently a 1st Degree Black Belt and have been for exactly 4 years today! But anyway, the main purpose of today's post is to inform you of what has been happening over duration of the past week!
It all kicked off on Wednesday the 28th of May with the black belt testing in Lowestoft, for brown belts testing toward their 1st Degree Black Belt. I attended this event as a spectator to watch my friend, Tom, partake in his first ever national testing event. This was important for me as I am the one who introduced Tom to Kuk Sool and I have watched him progress through all of the ranks in the past 3 years! After the 2.5 hrs of testing finished, I went home and got ready for a full day of practising at home. The reason behind my day of practice was because I was preparing for my first grading towards my next rank (2nd Degree Black Belt - Kyo Sa Nim). 
The next day, this 3.5 hour grading was hosted at the UEA in Norwich and commenced at 8:30am (which meant I had to leave my house at 7am!) and it was truly a killer! The master who took the grading was giving us hell and I only just made it through the thing without dying! After completing the grading at 12pm, it was time to head home and practice even more! This was because I was taking part in the European Tournament on Saturday, the next day! After practicing all afternoon, I headed to my Kuk Sool class in Lowestoft with SBN David Ellis who gave us a 1.5hr, last minute, tournament training class which was very beneficial. 
The next morning, I was up bright and early at 5am. We left the house at 6am and arrived back at the UEA in Norwich just before 7, to check in and get ready for the big day ahead of us. The black belt tournament commenced at 9am and finished at around 11am. I competed in forms, techniques, staff and sword. I came out of it with a bronze medal in techniques and a copper in sword, which I am very proud of! I then spent the rest of the day, up until 5pm, watching my friends compete in their tournament events and getting some photos and videos of them. 
Later, at 6pm, after everyone was sent out of the hall for an hour, we all returned back in for the evening event. This consisted of the promotions ceremony as well as the masters' exhibition, which was awesome! Some of my highlights of the evening were seeing my school owners, Masters Martin and Alison Ducker, promote to their next ranks, 7th and 6th Degree Black Belt. I also loved seeing the WKSA South Korean Demonstration Team which was... WOW! It was unreal! Below, I have included some videos which I shot whilst at the event, if you have time, be sure to check them out as they show some amazing things!

The highlights of the Masters' Exhibition

The WKSA South Korean Demonstration Team, these were amazing!

Lowestoft and Halesworth's 2014 Promotions! (Including Master Levels)

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