The style I teach is Pu Kang Tang Soo Do, roughly translated as Northern Diamond Mountain Hard Style. A Korean style brought to MSU in '62 or'63 by Jongoon Kim. The MSU club voted to stay Tang Soo Do when the controlling factions(Korean TSD/American TSD I believe) had a split and many pulled away to create Tae Kwon Do. Jongoon, feeling pressure, started the MSU TKD club. Since the late sixties, our club has been headed by Bruce Henderson. We teach to anyone of sound mind and body(as determined by us
) who is willing to work and progress. The dues money($90 dollars/15 weeks, an excellent deal if I do say so) all goes back to the club in the way of equipment, covering tournament fees for participating students, beginning of term brunch, etc. The style is a mix of traditional Tang Soo Do and modern martial arts concepts with the emphasis on functionality and efficiency and a use of both hard and soft techniques as the situation requires. We're pretty persnickety about precision and accuracy, we can afford to be, we're not a 'commercial' school.
It's certainly a labor of love for me, but I must admit, starting a new job in August has wreaked havoc with my schedule and training. Feast or famine thing.
Couldn't agree more about the slow progression of training giving the body the time to adapt and fully strengthen itself. I find good students naturally arriving at the point in a stance where they shouldn't move past and letting their body's responses guide them in the intensity and depth. I am under the impression, and would appreciate a response from someone who really knows, that muscle developes quicker than the corresponding attachments that connect it to the skeleton. If this is not taken into account and the slower strengthening and thickening tendons don't catch up to the new muscle strength, serious injuries can occur. It makes sense to me and would seem to explain some things I've seen,but, that don't necessarily make it correct. Someone let me know. Working out in bare feet is good for most people, it certainly has made my feet strong. I think being in shape, having the ability to move in an expanded range of motion, and being somewhat loose would contribute more to injury prevention in the physical realm.
I still love the comfort of a good pair of broken in,"personalized", cloth bottom kung fu shoes! I used to get them in the summer, wear them in the shower, go for a walk and let the bottom form to your foot. Age old orthotics for $8.
Don't like tennis shoes and carpet, too much friction and resistance to spinning and turning, as well as the fact that nowadays most of that carpet is on cement. ouch. Kung fu/tai chi slippers are fine in this regard and move well with me. I finally went skiing!!! Had A Riot! Interesting day, more later.