Guess what? Last night I slammed my elbow and hand repetitively into a slab of re-breakable wood. It hurt.
Breaking blocks of wood is a requirement for Blue Belts to grade in Taekwon Do. It’s also a requirement for being badass in life. That’s why I was doing it.
I only managed to break the wood once, with a knife hand blow… That was pretty much the sweetest sore hand I’ve ever experienced. Also? It’s totally cool that I have the broken looking pinky finger to prove it.
So, anyway, since this post seems to be all about Taekwon Do, I thought I’d subject you all to another spot quiz. Mostly because I’m having difficulty learning the Student Oath, and making other people learn it is the next best thing to learning it myself.
The Student Oath is usually said…
a) When you hurt yourself. It sounds a lot like a swear word.
b) Whenever you piss off someone with a cooler belt than you. It’s like doing lines and reminding you of your place in the grand scheme of things.
c) At the beginning of the class (right after you do the bowing thing.)
d) At the end of the class (right before you do the bowing thing, and the collapsing in an exhausted heap thing.)
Which of the following is not a section of the student oath?
a) I shall observe the tenants of Taekwon Do
b) I shall respect the instructor and seniors
c) I shall never misuse Taekwon Do
d) I shall be a champion of freedom and justice
e) I shall build a more peaceful world
f) I shall campaign for fairer youth wages, and uphold the rights of all minorities
These tenant things, what are they?
a) Courtesy and Integrity
b) Perseverance and Self Control
c) Indomitable Spirit
Indomitable Spirit, what say you?
a) A wee bit scary – it’s a close cousin of the indomitable snowman.
b) We’re talking superhero stuff here – like the willingness to stand up for others, even if it doesn’t look like the odds are in your favor.
All of the above
And… On a tangent, may I make a recommendation? Watch Juno. That is all.