So it's been just over a year since I started TaeKwonDo again. Last weekend would have been my red belt test except I just moved to DC so I had to find a new studio, which I just did last week.
The good: they let me keep my belt
The bad: It's a different style of Taekwondo so I have to learn an entirely new set of forms, so it'll probably be awhile before getting to red belt.
The good#2: It's a nice challenge to learn a new set of forms and another taekwondo style
The bad#2: This school doesn't teach Hapkido (my school in LA taught both Taekwondo and Hapkido, which was really cool).
The good#3: Seems like I found a good school, I've got lucky to find pretty rigorous places in my martial arts journey.
Unfortunately, I had to cut down on my training time a lot due to NASL and other SC work -- before that I had been doing 5-6 times per week to class in addition to doing some training at home. I'm hoping that with all evening classes, I'll be able to get into a good routine and do many hours per week.
My flexibility has definitely increased but again I hit a ceiling, so I think I have to push a bit harder to get to a new level of flexibility. Also, because of the car accident two weeks ago (you can read the blog about it here) my ankle is really sensitive to pressure so it's been a bit difficult to do kicks and some low stances. I'm mostly just happy that I've been able to stick with it for a year.
Hopefully my ankle will get better and I'll figure out what to do to get more flexible (I was pretty shitty last year and now I can get my roundhouse and side kicks up to my chest level consistently, and I can get up to chin level before I get tired).
That's it for me~~