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kellyann-graceful-warrior:

zenrayn:

kellyann-graceful-warrior

To answer your questions…

~ Piercings - 10 total, mostly ears, but I got navel when I was around 14. I don’t have face or tongue - too much sparring haha! It would probably get ripped out or something! And I’ve heard of people getting nerve damage from tongue…

I absolutely love it! Made me smile! I’m getting something similar I’ve wanted before I even got black belt. I thought about the same place only on my right arm or down my calf. Dunno if it’s gonna be my name or the name of my masters class. Maybe both eventually. My left has more scars than the right, so I have another idea in mind for that. My piercings have never given me trouble in sparring=o though I can’t say I haven’t worried. Since no face hits were ever allowed it was fine really. With my master, if there was, we all had shields! With the nose piercings, I know some people can take theirs out for hours and I just don’t get it. Most people I know have theirs out for about 10 minutes and then it starts to close up, like mine. My old instructor just didn’t like the way they look for his class rather than safety reasons so I just wore a retainer which doesn’t change anything about it but that it’s clear. With my eyebrow piercing id have to wear tape over it which didn’t look too bad cause it was skin color and everything, but his reasoning was stupid. If anything did happen with that one, it was protected, but that wasn’t his reason. I want my tongue a little too. The nerve thing is pretty rare I think. Go to a great piercer with a good reputation. Ik some don’t like personal posts reblogged so if you want me to delete this after you read it sorry the replies just allow so little space=o

nah it’s cool :) I don’t mind. Face hits are allowed in my school, as long as it’s light contact. but as i’m sure you’re aware, accidents happen : \ I’ve taken a few good shots before. Just this past monday I got hit in the nose & jaw. I’m on anti-inflammatory & pain killers right now for it >.<  As my master says “Don’t block with your head!”  and “should’ve blocked that” lol  I was a little slow that time, ops! it’s all good though. nothing serious, I’ll be fine in a couple days. We tend to play a big rough in my school. :P

kellyann-graceful-warrior

To answer your questions…

~ Piercings - 10 total, mostly ears, but I got navel when I was around 14. I don’t have face or tongue - too much sparring haha! It would probably get ripped out or something! And I’ve heard of people getting nerve damage from tongue piercings, I like them but I just don’t wanna take the risk.

~ Tattoo - just 1 I got after my black belt test back in March. I have the Korean characters for the style I do (Moo Duk Kwan) done like brush calligraphy. As seen below. (Yes that’s my cat in the background lol) It’s on my inner arm, left side. I have plans for more when I get money for it. This was a big one for though, kind of symbolic of over-coming my self -harm. Martial arts helped me do that. That’s why I chose the left arm where the scars were.

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ryusantiago:

zenrayn:

shaped-by-karate:

Decided to separate these, since the other post was too long.

Tagged by building-an-unstoppable-fist for ” Write 10 facts about yourself. Then Tag 5 of your favorite followers.”

1. I love games.

2. The Assassin’s Creed series is one of my favorite game series.

3. I am currently hooked on…

Oh man! I’ve been tagged! :D

Ok 10 random facts about me…. hmmm

1. I have a cat named Dexter. He was a stray I rescued :)

2. I’ve only ever had 2 serious relationships and I’m ok with that.

3. Ice Cream is my kryptonite.

4. I’ve been training in martial arts for 4 years - it literally saved my life.

5. I have a younger brother (by 6 years) who won’t speak to me, but I still care for all the same.

6. I build my own computers, and some friends computers. Yes, I am a geek. So what? :P

7. I have 1 tattoo that I got a few weeks after I tested for Black Belt. And several piercings, 10 in total.

8. I played clarinet for a few years when I was younger.

9. I’m an Army brat. I grew up all over the US, spent a year in Germany. I do not have a “home town”.

10. Due to spending a year in Germany during a Mad Cow Disease outbreak, I am on a perma-ban list for Red Cross. I am not allowed to donate blood, despite being O+. (I’m looking into ways to get off the list so I CAN donate.)

I hope that was entertaining! Now to tag people - kellyann-graceful-warrior  hapkidogirl  miserablediscontent  mythrandal  admilu1   You’re It!

Banned from the Red Cross, wow xD

You should do the 6 selfies post, too! =]

haha i know right? 6 selfies hmm I haven’t seen that one. I’m kinda shy with posting pics of myself, but I might have a few I’d be willing to share :) 

http://shaped-by-karate.tumblr.com/post/92183747404/decided-to-separate-these-since-the-other-post

shaped-by-karate:

Decided to separate these, since the other post was too long.

Tagged by building-an-unstoppable-fist for ” Write 10 facts about yourself. Then Tag 5 of your favorite followers.”

1. I love games.

2. The Assassin’s Creed series is one of my favorite game series.

3. I am currently hooked on…

Oh man! I’ve been tagged! :D

Ok 10 random facts about me…. hmmm

1. I have a cat named Dexter. He was a stray I rescued :)

2. I’ve only ever had 2 serious relationships and I’m ok with that.

3. Ice Cream is my kryptonite.

4. I’ve been training in martial arts for 4 years - it literally saved my life.

5. I have a younger brother (by 6 years) who won’t speak to me, but I still care for all the same.

6. I build my own computers, and some friends computers. Yes, I am a geek. So what? :P

7. I have 1 tattoo that I got a few weeks after I tested for Black Belt. And several piercings, 10 in total.

8. I played clarinet for a few years when I was younger.

9. I’m an Army brat. I grew up all over the US, spent a year in Germany. I do not have a “home town”.

10. Due to spending a year in Germany during a Mad Cow Disease outbreak, I am on a perma-ban list for Red Cross. I am not allowed to donate blood, despite being O+. (I’m looking into ways to get off the list so I CAN donate.)

I hope that was entertaining! Now to tag people - kellyann-graceful-warrior  hapkidogirl  miserablediscontent  mythrandal  admilu1   You’re It!

Martial Arts Ask (made by karate-love)

  • White belt:

    what made you start martial arts?

  • Yellow belt:

    what is your first memory of martial arts?

  • Orange belt:

    what is your mentor/inspiration in the martial arts?

  • Green belt:

    when did you first realize you were serious about martial arts?

  • Purple belt:

    did you ever feel like quitting?

  • Brown belt:

    what is the hardest thing you've had to get past in the martial arts?

  • Black belt:

    what's the most important thing you've learned from the martial arts?

  • I've never seen an ask for the martial arts so I figured i'd make one :

    ) hope you like it

Super Summer Seminars

Totally jazzed about this! In a week and a half I’ll be in NY training with so many others; Learning a bunch of things I wouldn’t have access to otherwise. It’ll be my first time doing anything like this. I won’t lie, I’m kind of nervous also. I’m not exactly a social person and I don’t do well with crowds or large groups. BUT I want to be there and learn, so I will have to put my discomfort aside and try to keep my anxiety under control.

I haven’t decided which seminars I’m attending yet, there’s so many I have interest in. I know 2 of the instructors personally, and have been to a number of their seminars.As much as I enjoy learning from them, I will be skipping their seminars in favor of meeting some other instructors.

There’s some joint-locking ones that interest me as well as JKD, Aikido, Qigong, throws and pressure points… as well as pretty much everything else on the tentative schedule that was sent out.

Oh man! SO EXCITED! 

Dojang Name Suggestions / Ideas?

shaped-by-karate:

zenrayn:

I’m hoping putting this out here will help. In a few years my Master is retiring and the person he’s leaving the school to wants to change the name.

Now to make a note, the current name was a rush change due to a dispute that happened between the previous head of the school and the current…

I imagine the school is using the name Tae Kwon Do, because it’s a recognized name, but if the style is Moo Duk Kwan, you should be using that name instead of Tae Kwon Do.

Tae Kwon Do, as you yourself described, has a bad aura in some places, so you don’t need that, especially when the style is a different one.

Non-martial artists can’t usually tell the difference, so if you say Moo Duk Kwan Tae Kwon Do, most will only see or hear Tae Kwon Do alone, because that’s what they’ve heard. Most don’t see that Moo Duk Kwan and TKD are different styles, and this is why some schools do that, putting TKD in the name. I believe this is the same reason why it shouldn’t be done. Different styles need their name to be known, in my opinion.

I’m explaining this more for other readers, since I’m sure you’re familiar with what I’m saying.

I would use the name of the style itself, to actually promote the correct style that you’re using. Or put the name of the style under the name.

Now, Moo Duk Kwan means School of Martial Virtue. You can incorporate that into the name. For example:

(MOO DUK KWAN MARTIAL ARTS)

(A PLACE OF VIRTUE, STRENGTH, AND RESPECT.)

That’s pretty self explanatory, the name of the style and the fact that it is a martial art, for people who can’t tell, plus a little on what it can be learned there.

If you want the elements, you can go with something like STRENGTH OF THE EARTH, SOFTNESS OF WIND, FLEXIBILITY OF WATER AND INTENSITY OF FIRE, under the name.

Something like describing each one in any way you want or one in particular that you believe better suits the style better.

I would definitely use the Moo Duk Kwan logo.

It’s always nice to see the name of the style in Korean somewhere on the sign, too. It shows where it comes from, even if people can’t actually read it.

Now, for the name itself, you gotta consider what the goals of the school are, either long term or short term and consider those goals for a tittle.

If you’re looking to attract kids, you can always use the name of the town, as a representation of where the school is from, and add the word community… this type of names attract people with children, for example:

*Name of town or city* COMMUNITY SCHOOL OF MARTIAL ARTS 

MOO DUK KWAN under that, then a message under that.

If you want an element in the name, you said your teacher likes the earth, it could be something describing the element, e.g. STRENGTH OF THE MOUNTAIN SCHOOL OF MARTIAL ARTS. And the name of the style under that.

These are all just examples and personal opinions that will hopefully help you pick a name, not actual suggestions.

In the end, the name of the school needs to match what you do, what you teach, where you’re from and/or what you wish to represent.

I hope this info helps, even if just a little bit.

Good luck.

Edit: Remember to check that the name you pick isn’t taken. That’s always important.

zenrayn

Best regards

thank you for the reply! I’m forwarding it to the instructor. I think you have a lot of wonderful ideas and thoughts. Many of which I hadn’t thought of or considered to suggest. :)  It’s sparked some ideas for me, I hope it will with him also! Thank you again! - Zen -

Dojang Name Suggestions / Ideas?

I’m hoping putting this out here will help. In a few years my Master is retiring and the person he’s leaving the school to wants to change the name.

Now to make a note, the current name was a rush change due to a dispute that happened between the previous head of the school and the current Master. Not a lot of thought was put in and our Master already said he doesn’t care if the (eventual) new Master changes it.

SO! That being said, he’s been having difficulty coming up with something that doesn’t sound cliché or stupid. He likes earth themes and is leaning towards ending it with “Martial Arts” instead of “Tae Kwon Do” despite being a TKD school. A few reasons - 1- We incorporate a lot more into our curriculum than just TKD. We do boxing drills, Hapkido, street self defense, and have relations with other martial art schools that we train with and a lot more that isn’t strictly TKD. -2- TKD seems to have gotten a strange connotation to it these days, at least around where I live. People seem to have this idea that TKD isn’t really a “martial art”. It’s become a sport. A hobby. Not “legit”. “It can’t really help you”. “It’s a KIDS martial art” (seriously I heard someone say that…) So he wants to try to avoid the connotation the name might bring.

My school practices traditional Moo Duk Kwan style, if that’s any help.

Any input would be awesome & thanks. If you want more info, just msg me and I will be happy to help.

OH! One last thing… “Academy” is taken by a couple other dojos in our area :(

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queencorazon:

When you’re in a pinch, just call for the men in tights! (We’re butch.)

[ get to know me meme | (5/5) favourite movies | Robin Hood: Men in Tights ]

And unlike some other Robin Hoods, Cary Elwes can speak with an English accent.

totally read that hearing it sung in my head…

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