8/20/2006

KTigers captures












Above are some pictures from the Korean Tigers book 'The World Tour Exhibition Highlights'. I try to keep them in mind for inspiration. But this month, I have not done much training because the heat has made me feel not in the mood for exercise. Taekwondo training was switched to 5pm when it was still roasting outside, and just the 30 minute walk to the gym had me all frazzled out! I skipped a whole week of classes. Another point I need to consider now is that my workload at school has increased to the extent that my workplace offers little advantage over many other schools. This term, I've found myself working through the weekends just to catch up on grading and lesson planning. For sure, there is no financial advantage at working where I do. Next semester, waking up at 6am for teaching classes, certainly makes it really hard to have much energy in the evenings for training. I anticipate I can only aim at 3 nights a week of Hapkido at the most. I'm starting to wonder at how long I should stay in Korea for the sake of Taekwondo. Giving up work right now, however, is not viable for a couple of reasons, one of those is that I could essentially be homeless, and secondly, I need to be on a full-time work visa to be eligible to take belt grading at the Kukkiwon in Korea. This rule was made so that not just anyone can come over for a vacation and take a test here. I'll give it until Christmas, then I need to make some decisions about my priorities... Therefore, perhaps it should be at Christmas time that I urge myself to take the 2nd Dan grading test regardless of actual progress made.


P.S. Since I added the Clustrmap to try and find out how many visitors were coming to this site, it seems the answer is...well...not many! I was blocked from listing my site on Karateforums.com where I could get good exposure - they said I was promoting a commercial enterprise in linking to my book site. Bah humbug. So, if people want to see more posts, they had better tell me what they want to read about.

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