Friday, April 4, 2014

D is for... and Celebrate the Small Things

D is for Do Bok and Dull Ryo Cha Gi

Do Bok means "uniform" and simultaneously "way of life" as it represents the discipline of the art.  The white color signifies purity and reinforces the discipline aspect as it shows the wearer's cleanliness (a dirty uniform is a huge sign of disrespect).  There is also a theory that another reason for the white color is Korea's reputation as the "white clad-nation" since historically their costumes were made to model cleanliness and purity.
Fancy, eh?

Dull Ryo Cha Gi is the famous roundhouse kick and if you believe popular culture it is the favorite kick of one Chuck Norris. While Chuck does in fact have a 9th degree black belt in Tang Soo Do the majority of the memes associated with him are, in fact, exaggerated.  (I know, shocking)  That being said, he does show pretty good form:
The key to a good roundhouse kick is to turn one's base foot all the way so as to open up the hips and point the toes so as to lengthen the kicking foot.  The chamber for this kick is to raise the knee at the height one wants to kick (much like with ahp cha gi) whilst turning the bottom foot so the toes point in the opposite direction and then extend the leg.  This is the most basic version of this kick and like the others it can be advanced by adding in a jump, spin or combining it with other techniques. You tend to see a lot of jump spinning roundhouse kicks, for example, in martial arts films because they look pretty bad ass but this kick can also be pretty powerful when done grounded and works really well for sparring.
And I'm keeping my Celebrate the Small Things Post super short and sweet since we all have so many blog to visit today.
Game of Thrones Season 4 premiers this Sunday.  Damned excited about it.  Re-watched seasons 1-3 in preparation.  The red wedding doesn't get any easier upon 2nd viewing.
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  1. Oh I'm so excited that Game of Thrones is back too! Can't wait for Sunday. I read the books so I know what's coming but it's still my favorite show.

  2. Is that you? You look ready for action.
    The Red Wedding was beyond words. Most stunning thing I've ever seen on television. (In a fictional setting.)

  3. Can't wait for Game of Thrones! I binge watched all 3 seasons in about a week and now I'm hooked.

  4. OMG....Game of Thrones...eeeeek! Cannot wait! :D

  5. I remember watching Chuck Norris on TV and in movies. He's a talent guy, but like you said, much of it is exaggerated.

  6. I still need to watch season 2 of GofT. May have to get them all at the library and have a long weekend...

  7. Oh my God, Game of Thrones! I can't believe the wait is almost over.
    I think I would struggle to keep that uniform so white. All my white things end up grey.

  8. I wish we got HBO. I read all the books, though. :) I've seen seasons 1 & 2 so far.

  9. You do look fancy!
    Chuck does have excellent form.

    I finished season 3 in November. The Red Wedding gave me a panic attack. It was so HORRIBLE! Luckily, soon after I was due at the movies for Catching Fire. Still...can't wait for season 4!!

  10. Lots of people celebrating Game of Thrones!


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