#1
I just recently got invited to an invitational martial arts competition in Korea this July, as well as my master's 7th Dan (Degree) black belt test. I'll be competing in the young adult black belt division against martial artists from all over the world, as well as training with some of the highest ranking masters of Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido in the world. My team will also be doing a demonstration using katanas.

I'm psyched for the trip, I know I'm going to come back pretty sore (I've heard stories of Korean training, including horseback riding stances (Like a permanent squat) for 4 hours while lower ranks spar, not to mention getting beat up by Koreans who do that daily), but I'm amazed that I even got invited. A bunch of my closest friends from the school that also got invited are coming, and I've been trying to pull some strings to let my girlfriend come (She did Karate, and loves to travel), so I won't be alone.

This'll be my first time out of the US too, not to mention my first time traveling farther than a state away without my parents. Obviously I'm a bit nervous, but this is just too good a chance to pass up .

I've already started dieting and exercising for 2 hours daily in preparation, hopefully I'll be at my peak by this Summer.

Anyone here ever been to Korea? And does anyone have any training tips so I can be at the top of my game when the time comes?

EDIT: Before anyone says it, it's South Korea. No Kim Jong Il jokes.
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#5
I don't really do any sports or anything at all, but I think it's a good idea if you practice things that help your mind work faster.

Your body is only as good as your mind, so you have to be able to think quickly as well as clever-ly.
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I just recently got invited to an invitational martial arts competition in Korea this July, as well as my master's 7th Dan (Degree) black belt test. I'll be competing in the young adult black belt division against martial artists from all over the world, as well as training with some of the highest ranking masters of Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido in the world. My team will also be doing a demonstration using katanas.

I'm psyched for the trip, I know I'm going to come back pretty sore (I've heard stories of Korean training, including horseback riding stances (Like a permanent squat) for 4 hours while lower ranks spar, not to mention getting beat up by Koreans who do that daily), but I'm amazed that I even got invited. A bunch of my closest friends from the school that also got invited are coming, and I've been trying to pull some strings to let my girlfriend come (She did Karate, and loves to travel), so I won't be alone.

This'll be my first time out of the US too, not to mention my first time traveling farther than a state away without my parents. Obviously I'm a bit nervous, but this is just too good a chance to pass up .

I've already started dieting and exercising for 2 hours daily in preparation, hopefully I'll be at my peak by this Summer.

Anyone here ever been to Korea? And does anyone have any training tips so I can be at the top of my game when the time comes?

EDIT: Before anyone says it, it's South Korea. No Kim Jong Il jokes.


i was there last yr for my dad's 8th dan test...how old are you?

man...if you are training for only 2 hrs a day...then you might have to step it up a notch like 2 months into the invite...my dad reached the 8th dan and both of us practices about 3 - 4 hrs a day ( ps...i only have a 3rd degree/dan in TKD because i primarily am a jiu jitsu person )

good job....and good luck

travelling is easy...just keep your eyes open
#9
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i was there last yr for my dad's 8th dan test...how old are you?

man...if you are training for only 2 hrs a day...then you might have to step it up a notch like 2 months into the invite...my dad reached the 8th dan and both of us practices about 3 - 4 hrs a day ( ps...i only have a 3rd degree/dan in TKD because i primarily am a jiu jitsu person )

good job....and good luck

travelling is easy...just keep your eyes open

I said working out 2 hours daily, push ups, sit ups, pull ups, weight training, and running. On top of that I train for an hour a day, 3 hours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

I'm 16, by the way.
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#10
That's where I was born. I've been a few times.

Experience the nightlife some. Try tasting some of the street food. It's cheap and delicious. And no, they're not going to serve you bird flu or dog. And don't piss off the locals.

It's a pretty epic country.

What I find surprising is the lack of blues guitarists... Korea's supposed to have a bit of Seoul.

Yeah, I'm going to shut up while I'm ahead.

WHAT HAVE YOU DONE
#11
Wow dude, that's crazy. I took karate for maybe 7 years, I got to be a 1st degree black belt. Then the school kinda went downhill, so me and my siblings left...never started up again, I regret it.

Good luck dude, it'll be crazy.
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#12
Good luck man. I wish you the best. Step up your training time though. You are competeing against world class atheletes. Korea is one of the places I wish to visit before I depart this place. I'm jealous.
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#14
Have fun man. I've been looking into making my own martial arts pilgrimages too.
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#16
Hooray! I get to go to Korea as well. Only I get to go to an Air Force base and defend all the Americans pretending to be karate experts.
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