We have returned to training after our two week winter break. These training breaks give us an important opportunity to rest our bodies and minds, catch up on jobs at home, and spend time with our families and friends. For me, this break has also reminded me about the importance of balance in my life and trying new things.
As a school owner and avid Kuk Sool Won™ martial artist, I am very focused on my teaching and training. It is easy for it to become all consuming. When I am teaching and training I think of nothing else. It is a very mindful experience. At other times, I am working with SBN Caroline on the planning, administration and marketing for our schools. I also spend much of my spare time thinking about my training. I go through my techniques and forms in my head. It is a form of meditation for me and keeps me focused and my memory sharp.
During these school holidays, I have devoted quite a bit of time to Kuk Sool admin. However, I also spent a few days at a craft expo. For three days, I participated in several different paper craft workshops. I made four different types of mini-journals using craft papers, cardstock and embellishments. I got my hands dirty with mixed media projects using acrylics and inks. I also made paper, velum and foam flowers. As a novice crafter, I found these workshops intense. I had to learn how to use different types of materials, follow instructions that I often didn’t understand, develop new skills, and cope with making mistakes. While it was often challenging, it was also incredibly rewarding. I not only learnt a lot, I also got to make some really neat journals which I can fill with photos and memories.
So why is this crafting experience relevant to my martial arts training? There are three main reasons.
JKN Jane Hurst
First degree black belt and school owner
Kuk Sool Won™ of Pukekohe and Onewhero
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Caroline is a 5th degree black belt and Jane is a 2nd degree black belt in the traditional Korean martial art of Kuk Sool Won™ . They run 2 Kuk Sool Won™ martial arts schools in New Zealand.