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FEBRUARY 2006

 

Promotion Testing:  On February 25th we will hold another promotion testing.  We will test 40 students for various colored belts and Ms. Sylvia Hiatt for 1st Degree, Black Belt.  We intend on having this test start at 9 am with the doors opening to the Youth Center at 830 am.  Please be on time and ready to go prior to 9 am.  This will allow the testing to be finished by noon and you can enjoy the remainder of the day.  This should be a good testing and allow the students to show what they have been working on for the past three months.  All families and friends are invited to watch in the small gym. 

Tournaments:  Recently we attended a tournament in Papillion, Nebraska.  We were proud of those that attended and hope they enjoyed the experience.  This style of “open” tournament is very different from the way we spar in class and now that we have experienced this type of tournament we will be better prepared for the next tournament.     

Events for this year:  We are still planning 2006.  You can expect promotion testings this month, May, August, and November.  There will be another Camp in Missouri in August, where Mr. Bushor will be testing for 5th Degree Black Belt.  There should be at least one tournament in the fall in Missouri also.  We will probably host a USTF sponsored referee qualification course.  All red belts and above will be eligible to attend the course and become certified.  This is a requirement for black belt.  There are other events we will plan and announce when our plans are complete.     

Web News:  If you have any ideas for our web site located at http://www.axetkd.com please inform Mr. Bushor or Mr. Todd.   
 

Attendance:  A majority of students are doing much better at notifying us when they will not be at class. This requirement is based on “Courtesy” our first tenet in Taekwon-Do.  Students can call Mr. Bushor at 291-4013 or Mr. Todd at 293-2610.  You can also call the Youth Center at 294-5152.  The instructors can be reached by email at Mr. Bushor:  kbushor@cox.net or Mr. Todd: ustfneb@cox.net.  We have discussed with all students the consequences of not notifying us of missing class.   

Where are you in Taekwon-Do? (Mr. Ricky J. Todd, 6th Degree Black Belt)   

I think one area that I really enjoyed learning about in Taekwon-Do when I was a white through red belt, was the history of my instructors and the art of Taekwon-Do.  I found it fascinating that there were so few black belts and very few people studying Taekwon-Do.  I grilled my instructor for the mental knowledge and history of his background and what he could tell me about his start in Taekwon-Do.   

I started around my 20th birthday in March 1983 in Wichita, Kansas.  As a young security policeman I didn’t have much to do except sit in my dormitory room.  I had wanted to take a martial art since I was about 10 years old but nothing really developed for me.  Starting in Wichita was my first real exposure.  I didn’t ever think that I would be able to throw a side piercing kick or punch very hard.  Dreaming about black belt was too far away.  Only people that were really good ever made it that far.  I trained hard with a black belt, 3rd degree, Mr. (now Master) Meek.  We trained very hard in a dungeon like building that was located on McConnell Air Force Base that was ours.  It wasn’t used for anything except Taekwon-Do classes.  Mr. Meek tested for his 4th degree and I tested for my white belt yellow stripe.  Mr. (now Grand Master) Sereff who was then a 6th degree and the highest-ranking American in Taekwon-Do tested us.  Well I should say tested Mr. Meek, I was too stupid to be very nervous I just know I had to hold boards and got yelled at a lot.  There were so many things to forget as a white belt, saying yes sir, no sir, bowing, not putting my hands on my hips.  Forget about trying to do your pattern correctly, I was just glad I didn’t have to do a lot of pushups.   

I had many students that were senior to me in Mr. Meek’s Wichita class.  I started at the bottom of the class and worked my way up.  It never seemed like I would get anywhere.  I tested for every colored belt rank except I was double promoted from yellow to green belt (skipping green stripe).  I thought that was great at first, but then I had to learn all the techniques for green stripe and green belt at the same time.  It wasn’t that bad since I already knew (or thought I knew) all the kicks in Taekwon-Do by the time I was a green belt.  I was doing very sloppy flying kicks and trying to learn everything as fast as I could.  Not a good way to train.     

When I was a blue belt red stripe Mr. Meek left our school for Germany.  One of my seniors a very serious man named Mr. Ron Lewis straight from Japan was just promoted to 1st degree and took over the class.  We went through a period of 9 months where we trained in a style called Taekwon-Do but really was more like Shotokan Karate since that was his background.  For 9 months I was told, “you can’t punch hard, your kicks are not good, you can only practice front, turning, side piercing and back kick, all students must learn to fear you since you are going to be a red belt”.  Again, not the best training.  For 9 months I trained 6-7 hours per week with Mr. Lewis.  Finally when I was about ready to test for red belt he left Wichita.  I had two options, quit Taekwon-Do or take over the school.  I took over the school and all responsibility for teaching Taekwon-Do in Wichita as a blue belt red stripe.  I drove to Oklahoma about 5 hours away and had a black belt from USTF test me for red belt.  I again made the trip 3 months later and tested for black stripe.  Since I was only a colored belt I had to pack up my students also to have them tested.    

Since I wanted to pay respect to my original instructor for getting me started in the martial arts I contacted Mr. Meek in Hahn, Germany and I flew there in 1986.  I spent 30 days training there and tested for my 1st degree black belt.  It was not an inexpensive testing since I flew there on a commercial airplane, spent 30 days of my leave, food, etc.  But I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything.     

I share this for one reason, first for you to know just a little about my background.  Second, to show you that you have to take every opportunity that you have to learn.  Some of you will move away either because of your parents, or when you go to college.  The opportunity to train in a good class like ours is not always available.  This is why I try to push all students to train hard and absorb as much as they can.  I was pushed to the front of the class as blue belt red stripe.  Could you imagine that?     

My Story:  (Mr. Kevin A. Bushor, 4th Degree Black Belt)   

My story is not as dramatic as Mr. Todd’s.  I wanted to start in martial arts at age 16 or 17, and a buddy of mine and I went to a karate school in my home town (Lansing Illinois).  We were asked why we wanted to join the class, and when I said I thought it would be a good workout and might be fun and interesting, the instructor said we couldn’t join the class together.  Needless to say, I didn’t join the class.   

I joined the Air Force in 1981 and looked into joining a Kung Fu class at my first base in England, but the cost was too much for a young airman who was married and had a kid.  So I put my martial arts dreams on hold for a while longer.   

In 1992 we moved here to Offutt AFB and my son was very into the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and I thought joining a martial arts class would be an excellent thing to do with my kids.  I checked around and found Mr. (now Master) Meek’s class at the Youth Center.  Yes, I started out in the back row of the same class, in the same gym as everyone else in our class!  I slowly worked my way up the lines and thru the ranks until I tested for 1st Dan.   

In 1996 I moved to a small base in the country of Greece.  The name of the base was Araxos, and the nickname of the base was the AXE.  I started working out on my own in the racket ball court, and was eventually discovered by some other folks on the base.  I was asked if I would teach them and the first Axe Taekwon-Do school was created.  I was in Greece for less than 12 months and only had a hand full of students of the time I was there.  I even had some of the Greek kids on the base come to a few of the classes.  Imagine trying to teach a Korean martial art to kids who spoke no English and only being able to speak a few words of Greek.  It was lots of fun.   

Eventually, I moved back here to Omaha and joined Mr. Meek’s class again.  I started assisting in the teaching and attended all the instructor courses I could find.  I’ve purchased the 15 volume set of Taekwon-Do encyclopedias, the condensed version, and countless books and tapes on the martial arts.  Mr. Meek moved on to greener pastures in North Carolina and Mr. Todd and I stepped in to take over the class, and the rest is history.   

I’ve been very fortunate in that both my instructors were 5th degree black belts or higher.  You should also consider yourselves fortunate to have Mr. Todd as our head instructor.  He brings an excellent background, and tons of experience in sparring and Ho Sin Sul.  My first introduction to self defense was when I had to create a demonstration as part of my 1st Dan testing.  I’ve been slowly learning along with the rest of you, and Mr. Todd is an excellent source of knowledge.

 
 

 

 

 

 
     
     
       
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