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Our Karate Forms (Hyungs / "Kata")
Written by Peter Liciaga
The ideas, concepts and thoughts behind the forms (hyungs) of the martial arts system (Tang Soo Do) that we teach at Dinoto Karate Center.

Forms or Hyungs are martial arts techniques and movements set in a pattern designed to aid the practitioner of a martial arts system.
For thousands of years martial artists have had a deep interest in the development and utilization of martial arts forms. Below is a translation taken from an ancient text discovered in a Korean library called the Moo Yei Do Bo Tong Ji. It was written in the 17th century and the author is unknown.

"Performing with hands and feet and conditioning the body is the beginning of the study of the art of Soo Bahk Do (Tang Soo Do). In actual combat, form does not seem in an obvious way to be a necessary part of the martial arts. However, practicing forms perfects the ability to perform hand and foot techniques freely. This is fundamental to making the best use of one's body at all times."

All students of martial arts will be taught basic movements. After the movements are learned, the students will be taught forms (hyungs) to assist the student in their progression of the martial art.

A basic form will consist of blocks, strikes, movements and turns in a set pattern to help the martial artist develop control, rhythm, power and speed. As the martial artist progresses, the forms become increasingly challenging and complex. Forms will take a life time to master. A mastered form will demonstrate a perfect fusion of mind, body and spirit.

However, the form (Hyung) is NOT the whole martial art in itself. It is only an exercise that is a part of the progression of the martial art. It is a tool used to help build, train and condition the mind, body and reflexes for the stresses of full-contact sparring (Randori) and ultimately for the realities of a real-life self-defense situation.

The sequence of moves, blocks and strikes can simulate responses and defensive strategies to different kinds of attacks against attackers. The form (Hyung) will also help the martial arts student learn how to manage and control their space (distance) when dealing with various directions and levels of attacks.

It is also important to remember that memorization of the techniques and the order of the technique in a form (hyung) is not the ultimate goal for the martial arts student. It is also important for the student to concentrate on their balance, rhythm, breathing control, variation in speed and in the control of power. All this must be accomplished within the respected character of each form (Hyung).

At Dinoto Karate Center, there are a total of eight forms (Hyungs) that we introduce at the color belt levels (Gups: white belt through Cho Dan Bo).

1. Basic Form One (Kee Cho Hyung Il Bo)
2. Basic Form Two (Kee Cho Hyung E Bo)
3. Basic Form Three (Kee Cho Hyung Sam Bo)
4. Pyung Ahn Cho Dan Hyung
5. Pyung Ahn Sam Dan Hyung
6. Pyung Ahn O Dan Hyung
7. Chil Sung E Ro Hyung
8. Chil Sung Il Ro Hyung
At Dinoto Karate Center, the following forms (Hyungs) are introduced to the Dan members (black belts) at their respective levels.

1st Degree Black Belt - Jin Do
2nd Degree Black Belt - Lo Hi
3rd Degree Black Belt - Kong Sang Koon
4th Degree Black Belt - Wang Shu
5th Degree Black Belt - Ji On
6th Degree Black Belt - TBD
7th Degree Black Belt - TBD
8th Degree Black Belt - TBD
To study and present forms (Hyungs), the martial arts student must be concerned with the application and meaning behind each movement and technique (offensively and defensively).

The value and benefits of forms (Hyungs) will be realized over a life-time of training and practice.

Remember, "You don't know what you don't know." Take heed to the advice of an old man, my ninety-eight-year-old grandfather, "Keep moving and always be a student."

oh...and learn about the "Dunning-Kruger Effect"

Have a great day and I'll see you on the training floor!

~ Peter Liciaga
Do You Have A "CAN DO" Attitude?
Do you have a "CAN DO" attitude?
While talking to a parent yesterday, she commented how much she admired people with a “can do” attitude. 

This got me thinking about what it is that makes some people have this quality of always being positive and ready to overcome anything. 

These people are ready to take on anything and no challenge is unconquerable. They have answers for seemingly difficult problems and do not seem to get frazzled by anything. 

More often than not you cannot do anything about circumstances, such as the loss of a job or the end of a relationship. It can knock us off balance, but it is how you react that really determines how long you stay down. 

You always have a choice. And you can choose to see the positive side to everything. 

Have you ever met someone who is always positive, and a joy to be around – someone with lots of energy, and who can see the sunny side to everything? 

You can be a person like this too by applying these 11 strategies:
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The Difference Between One Martial Arts School And Another is NOT What They Teach. After All, They All Teach Martial Arts.

This month's mat chats at Dinoto Karate Center, as part of our bully prevention, will be bullying.

One of the main topics I will be sharing is the idea of resilience.

“You must build resilience and guard your mind, your heart and your body.”

For more, listen to the audio…

Written by Peter Liciaga
The Difference Between One Martial Arts School And Another is NOT What They Teach. After All, They All Teach Martial Arts.

The real difference is HOW they teach it. Whatever an instructor decides to teach is what they teach, I call that the content. And all martial arts content is similar.

Now we know there are many different systems of Martial Arts out there. However, it all boils down to one thing, HOW YOU TEACH WHAT YOU TEACH and as I mentioned, that’s called the content. And I want you to realise that although martial arts schools may be equal as far as their knowledge and ability to appreciate what content they would like to deliver, they are unequal in their ability to actually teach the material, and that’s the context.

Unfortunately, most martial arts instructors worldwide are so enamoured with themselves and copy the latest craze or fad in the martial arts industry, which often has absolutely nothing to do with the real world.

For example, if you walk into a martial arts school and the instructor is sporting a fad haircut, has three or four earnings in their left ear like a professional football player, he’s not a leader – he’s a follower.

He’s trying to emulate someone.
IMPORTANT POINT: The martial arts instructor’s job in not to be a students' friend. Their job is to train, coach, mentor, guide and direct students in the Martial Arts and in life, not entertain them with "silly" games and a casual atmosphere. The instructors responsibility is not to be personal with the student and their parents.

It’s the obligation of a professional instructor to provide an example to emulate. In order to do that they have to represent and project a level of accomplishment above and beyond what the average person has accomplished in their life. After all, isn’t that what you want for yourself and would prefer for your child?

So, to provide a good Martial Arts experience that anyone, a child or an adult can use to gain a higher degree of accomplishment, the first thing that you have to look for is how professional does the school/academy and the instructor look.

When I began my martial arts training 48 years ago, I could have never imagined then the powerful impact Martial Arts would have on my life. Of course, there's the obvious benefits of martial arts training such as enhancing your physical fitness and learning self-defence skills that protect you. But there’s so much more to it than that.

Martial Arts develops the whole person. Children and Adults find their martial arts training teaches them important life skills – a new sense of empowerment that extends past the physical maneuvers of self-defence. Our students develop the confidence and self-esteem it takes to “Step - Up” and face life head on, seeking new challenges and persevering when times get tough. Dinoto Karate provides a place for you to develop your body and mind while instilling traditional moral values like focus, respect, confidence and perseverance that’s refreshing and much needed today more than ever.

Whatever your reasons for considering Martial Arts for yourself or your child, you’ll find you don’t have to be a certain type of person to be a successful and valued Dinoto Karatee student.
No matter what your skill level, our goal is to help you become the best you can be and to “Step-Up” for yourself and for others. 

Find out what our Martial Arts school is about and hear about the martial arts journeys of some of our instructors and students by following the link below.

Have a great day and I hope to see you soon.

~ Peter Liciaga
JULY 2018
Martial Arts for Kids – What’s a good age to start?
Kids benefit from physical exercise and Martial Arts for Kids is a fantastic and energetic way to achieve fitness of both mind and body.

All to often kids aren’t keen to participate in run of the mill sports and would prefer to sit in front of the TV or computer playing games. As a result too many kids become obese, lack energy, lack social skills and have poor interaction with others. But Kids benefit from physical exercise and Martial Arts is a fantastic and energetic way to achieve fitness for mind and body.

Q. If I encourage my Kids to take up Martial Arts won’t they become bullies at school?

A. No. Most unlikely, as Martial Arts teaches self control and improves their self esteem.

Frequently Kids lack self esteem and therefore confidence, which in many cases leads to them being bullied at school.

Q. Should kids be encouraged to fight?

A. No of course not.

Some parents mistakenly believe Martial Arts to be the first step in the bullying process, whereas the opposite is the case, and the kids soon become the leaders in their school or community. 

Q. So what are Martial Arts?

They come in various forms, the most common being Judo, Karate and Kung Fu, however there are many other popular formats

Martial Arts is about self control, knowing that you have the knowledge rather than the strength to beat your opponent. It is about technique and the ability to turn the others person’s aggression to your advantage. It is the art of self defense.

The uniforms or suits that are worn vary according to the Martial Art that you follow. However within each discipline they are the same except for the color of the belt which confirms the standard that has been attained, it reflects the work they have put into the sport and the achievement they have made.

Martial Arts is a sport that many kids will be happy to participate in as it is non academic, and without them realizing it, it builds their self esteem, it teaches them respect, and above all it builds their self confidence.

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