I found this epic/kind of funny pic of the team I was on back in ’09 that I wanted to share! Ahaha this pic kindddd of proves the saying “all asians look alike” :p! I’m 3rd from the right if you were curious :p
Seems like a lot of you have been asking a lot of questions about my Martial Arts background. As I’ve mentioned before I’ve trained 2 years in Taekwondo when I was young, 4 Years of Kemscrima Doh, and 4 Years of Mixed Martial Arts. A big chunk of my Martial Arts experience stems from UC Merced’s Martial Arts Club. We proudly represent and respect many disciplines of Martial Arts Taekwondo, Shotokan, Capoeira, Kempo, and Kung Fu, to name a few. Aside from respect of disciplines, we also respect all types of experience levels. On the team there were members with 10+ years of experience, and others with none. As long as you have a willingness to learn, we’re willing to train.
I’ll try to dig up some more photos later! In the meantime you guys can check out 2 performances. The most recent performance was actually from last year where the new team invited back some Alumni to perform.
As I mentioned above, we pride ourselves in being unique and accepting all types of Martial Arts. This form of which we named Chouseki, is a combination of 4 forms: Koryo (WTF Taekwondo, Empi (Shotokan), Ao Shiro Budo (MAC), Po Eun (ITF Taekwondo).
In my last year studying at UC Merced, I was the President, as well as Head Demo Team Captain. This was when I suffered my first serious injury 😥 I’ll never forget that day. As a team, we’re used to practicing anywhere between 2-5 hours a night. We often stayed up until 2 or 3 am to train to refine our katas. As you can imagine that took a huge toll on our bodies. Well…we were practicing for the first performance of the year. We proceeded by practing the usual, and coach told us this was our last run through, and to “take it easy”. I didn’t hear the “take it easy” part. Last form. Last kick. Tornado kick. DAMN YOU TORNADO KICK (it is now the “forbidden kick”)!! I tore 2 ligaments in my left ankle 😦 I was supposed to rest for 3 months…HAH! The little brat in me decided that 3 months = 3 weeks (more on that another day). Long story short, it was a tough start to an extremely tough year. We all have obstacles blocking us from success, and this was mine. Needless to say I got through it, and learned a lot about myself, and others during that process.
Here’s one of the performances my Senior year.
Chill With The Chancellor ’10
Let me know what you think! I hope the videos entertained you for a little bit 😉