Coming up on Saturday April 14th an interschool tournament will be held in Minneapolis. This event is open to ALL Hwa Rang Do and Tae Soo Do practitioners of all ages, and many practitioners from around the Midwest region are expected to compete. There will be divisions for children through adults of ALL ranks, so prepare for an exciting day!  The title of this event is the “Musa Challenge” and the term “Musa” in Korean means warrior (or more literally “martial person”). This event will challenge all participants on their total package of skills, as there will be competitions in forms/basics, weapon forms, sparring, grappling and weapon fighting. Train hard, and prepare for an great day of Hwarang action!

Registration Forms and Additional Details are online here: http://hwarangdominneapolis.com/wp/musa-challenge-annual-tournament/


Yes that’s right, summer is already half way over and we are gearing up for the next school year.  Please remember that all our current students have spaces reserved until August 11th, after which we will open up all remaining spots to our wait list and the public.  We did fill up Tues, Wed, and Thur last year, so make sure to get your registrations in right away to secure your child’s place!  Learn more at www.tlkafterschool.com

Buddy Week and Open House May 22-26

Looking for the Martial Arts Experience of a Lifetime?

Join Us for Buddy Week / Open House
And Experience A Fun Action-Packed
FREE Class As Our Personal Guest!

Invite some friends and workout with your BUDDIES! This is a chance for your friends and family to see what training is all about in a fun seminar type class style. Make sure you come with your friend so you can show them the ropes and partner up for the drills, training, energy, and fun. This event is open to the public too, just make sure to attend the class for your age group!

Buddy Week is May 22 -26

Tigers – BEG Class Age 4-6 | Tue 5/23 & Thur 5/25 – 4:30 to 5:10pm

Tigers – ADV Class Ages 4-6 | Mon 5/22 & Wed 5/24 – 4:30 to 5:10pm

Juniors – BEG Class Age 7 -12 | Tue 5/23 & Thur 5/25 – 5:15 to 6:10pm

Juniors – ADV Class Age 7 – 10 | Mon 5/22 & Wed 5/24 – 5:15 to 6:10pm

Teens & Adults – All Ages 13 & up | Tue 5/23 & Thur 5/25 – 7:15 to 8:10pm

Acrobop Gymnastics & Tumbling | All Kids Friday 5/26 – 5:15 to 6:00pm

TLK Afterschool Kids -> Must Come With Buddy to one of the above listed times for your rank. NOT Afterschool sessions

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Start Within – Then Move Outward

We must first go inward to move possibilities forward – especially when there is resistance! In the arena of grappling, no situation is more evident of this concept. The beginner tends to use arms and legs with large brute force movements to escape or control, often with little results to show. Whereas the advanced practitioner focuses on using minimal movements to leverage the core creating space/opportunities while at the same time defending the immediate threats.

While this seems like a physical tactic, it can only start with emotional calm followed by mental clarity to actually engage the best solution. If you don’t have the emotional calm, you will flail around blindly. However, once calm, you can analyze the situation and drive forward toward the solution with precise and effective movements originating from your core. This is one of the powerful aspects of the martial arts! It seems so physical with moves flying around, yet the real battles of resistance actually start within. Once this lesson realized, the sincere student must go into the sources of resistance, find understanding, and then practice in a dedicated manner to overcome. From a punch, a throw, a submission, or your personality – evolve your techniques and character from the inside core outward in order to manifest efficient results and growth.


Sparring Makes You Alive!

Sparring time is essential, not only to test one’s skills, but more so as an activity that brings to life a greater experience of being alive. So much of the daily grind zaps our souls – yet after the face off and amidst the action of the match, the worries of the day disappear and the thrill of a quickened heart beat are omnipresent. This is true for beginners through advanced ranks, for adults and children. However, while success and results vary each and every match, and of course there are deep and superficial struggles too, it is important to feel the exhilaration of your peak state so that this experience can remind you how to become launched out of the cocoon of comfort and complacency. Yes, awaken your fighting spirit!

Joint Lock Quick-locks

One of the most challenging things for children is learning proper joint manipulation and getting to Hwa Rang Do’s quick lock-ups. There is a lot of precision needed to align the joints into just the right position to make things work. Especially since children have much greater flexibility than adults, just a few degrees off, and not only does the technique become useless – the error also gives opportunity for the opponent to escape position and counter!

We use an analogy of a roller coaster to help visualize the line that needs to be taken from the beginning of the exchange to flow through all the steps ending in a smooth result. One must keep the angles just right along the way though, but when you arrive – detailed understanding can be seen in the smile of effective results.


Technique Motion Patterns

Understanding motion patterns from point A through point B to arrive at point C is a nice plan. Of course we must start somewhere, so understanding the “lines” of basic movement progressions is essential. However, once you add intelligent dynamic resistance into the equation, options of what the best line permutation toward positive outcome is often gets blurry. This is why practice so many types of techniques in Hwa Rang Do – we must first build a vocabulary of the essentials – and then we can apply the concepts to different environments. There is also a tricky balance for students though, as often times people focus on the specific points of the technique and get locked into patterns or simply rely on muscle to push through resistance. Either way this neglects the underlying principles of the situation causing ineptitude. This is where active drilling comes into play, as we must “feel” the lines of movement possibility develop and then act on those opportunities without hesitation. When you are relaxed and can feel the flow, the line of the technique will be clear and the results will fly!


A Good Sword Cut

A good sword cut has some interesting attributes. 1st when the body, mind, and technique are properly ALIGNED, the result is so effective that the cut slices the target with hardly any residual energy dispersed anywhere other than through the cut, resulting in the top section of mat remaining in what appears to be suspended animation (instead of flying away). 2nd is when the blade cut is true, there is hardly any resistance felt – actually to the point of where nothing is felt at all! Just a slice through the wind.

I have always had a deep appreciation for the sword as quality technique is absolutely apparent every single cut, and it is not one’s muscle or smarts that will get you results. Truly – mind, body, emotions must be congruent toward a single purpose. Practice hard everyone – 정신일도하사불성!