It was a wet afternoon, but thanks to all of the BTSD students who came out to represent the club and talk to new students. The fun continues throughout the week with our first class tonight and the Martial Arts expo on Thursday. Click the above photo to see our collection of photos from the week.
This week is Welcome Week at Ohio State. There are lots of great activities going on this week, and getting involved is the key to having a great time at OSU. Here's just a quick list of things we'll be doing this week.
Student Involvement Fair September 21
Monday on the Oval, we (and thousands of our best friends) will be on the Oval talking about student activities. Check out our booth in the Sports Club area and meet the instructors and students. In addition to BTSD, there will be representatives from other sports clubs, greek life, community service groups, and more. And lots of food.
BTSD New Member Night September 22, 7PM
This will be our "official" night for prospective members to try Tang Soo Do. However, new students are welcome at any time. In addition to class, we will be having brief demonstrations throughout the night to show what makes our martial art unique.
Martial Arts Expo September 24
The Martial Arts Expo is a yearly tradition at OSU, where all of the clubs come together for an evening of martial arts demonstrations and clinics. Clubs will have info booths, some will be doing demonstrations throughout the evening, while other clubs may be giving seminars. If you are interested in martial arts, but not sure what is for you, this is a GREAT opportunity!
In the not-so-distant past, Scouts could get a merit badge as a Master-At-Arms. Here is a link to the article. That's right, we used to teach quarterstaff techniques to our youth!
Here is the entire text, a free download at Lulu. In addition to quarterstaff, the badge covered boxing, jujitsu, fencing, wrestling and more. Obviously, at 39 pages, it is a very brief overview of the arts, but a neat idea nonetheless.
To get you started on your Tan Tui path, we've created a few informational handouts, starting with the roadmap for Tan Tui #1.
Unless you've actually practiced the form, this outline will be pretty useless. That's a design feature, not a fault. :) This guide is more like a set up notes rather than instructions. More will be coming soon, but will be for student access only. Tang Soo!
Having a strong command of the Korean names for our techniques is an important step in understanding Tang Soo Do and is a critical requirement for being an instructor. As a student gets closer to attaining Black Belt, they suddenly find themselves responsible for a heavy load of terminology.
Those of you starting this undertaking may find the following resource useful. Arrowhead Tang Soo Do - a WTSDA studio in Glendale, Arizona - has developed a tool for studying and memorizing TSD terminology. Check it out, and see how you fare!
In class last night, I briefly alluded to the Sip Sam Seh when I mentioned "The source of the will is in the waist." For those of you who are curious and want to learn a little more about this poem, please check out the following resources, and the translation that follows. As mentioned in class, a lot of this material is rather advanced and esoteric, but there are small amounts of info that can be appreciated more as you advance in rank and experience.
Never neglect any of the Sip Sam Seh.
The source of the will is in the waist.
Pay attention to the slightest change from full to empty.
Let energy flow through the whole body continuously.
Stillness embodies motion, motion stillness.
Seek stillness in motion.
Surprising things will happen when you meet your opponent.
Give awareness and purpose to every movement.
When done correctly all will appear effortless.
At all times pay attention to the waist.
Relaxed clear awareness of abdomen, the energy can be activated.
When the base of the spine is erect, energy rises to the top of the head.
The body should be flexible.
Hold the head as if suspended from a string.
Keep alert and seek the meaning and purpose of your art.
Bent and stretched, open and closed, let nature take its course.
Beginners are guided by oral teaching.
Gradually one applies himself more and more.
Skill will take care of itself.
What is the main principle of the martial arts?
The mind is the primary actor and the body the secondary one.
What is the purpose and philosophy behind the martial arts?
Rejuvenation and prolonging of life beyond the normal span.
So an eternal spring.
Every word of this song has enormous value and importance.
Failing to follow this song attentively, you will sigh away your time.
Just a reminder that this Sunday is our annual Tan Tui class. Sorry that it is the same night as graduation, but we hope for a strong turnout!
As always, the upcoming fall promises to be a busy one, as we welcome new students to Ohio State. Some of us will be dusting off our knowledge after summer, and we hope to bring some new students into the dojang as well. On the right hand side of the webpage, so can see our upcoming schedule of events. Interested students are always welcome to attend class on ANY night, but these events will also showcase some other great things going on at Ohio State as well.
If you have any questions about BTSD, please use the contact form, and we will get in touch with you quickly!
Pictures from our Annual BTSD Birthday Party are available online.
On Sunday, August 30, we will be holding our annual Tan Tui class with our special guest instructor, Sifu Mike Grigsby. Mr. Grigsby is the chief instructor of the OSU Shuai Chiao Club.
Tan Tui is a fundamental form found in several style of Kung Fu and played a pivotal role in the development of Tang Soo Do. Please join us for this wonderful educational opportunity and insight into one of the roots of our martial art.