Focused Practice, Ninja Challenge, & Performance 25s

Poomsae Week 2

Earn your full Black Tape!

Focused Practice

Prepare for Pass-off: Ask for feedback on your poomsae and practice whatever needs to be fixed until it is ready.

Ninja Challenge

Practice your new poomsae 25x using at least 5 different methods (examples below):

  • in slow motion
  • checking stances
  • checking hands
  • with eyes closed
  • with as much “pop” as possible
  • like a robot
  • like a superhero
  • like you’re underwater
  • with a keyap on every strike, kick, or block
  • with zero extra steps
  • making sure you’re turning on your toes (not your heels)
  • with your “intense face” on

Performance 25

Do a Performance 25 for your current poomsae and 1 past rank poomsae.

Focused Practice

Thoughtful, goal-driven practice designed to make specific improvements. Keys to focused practice:

  • Be specific: What exactly do you need to change/fix/learn?
  • Make it measurable: How will you be able to tell if you have accomplished it or not?
  • Repetition. Lots of Repetition: Do it correctly over and over to build muscle memory and make the changes stick.

Ninja Challenge

For when you’ve completed your focused practice and want to go above and beyond. By completing the Ninja Challenge you make yourself a stronger martial artist.

Performance 25s

A form of Focused Practice specifically for improving Poomsae.

  • Do a single poomsae 25 times.
  • Get that poomsae evaluated by an instructor.
  • Do another* single poomsae 25 times.
  • Get that poomsae evaluated by an instructor.
  • Put initialed & signed Performance 25 sheet in the fishbowl at the front desk.

*If students do the same poomsae 50 times on the same sheet then they need to get an eval between the first 25 and the second 25. That way we can catch any mistakes before they get it too engrained in their body memory!

We encourage students to turn in a Performance 25 each week. At Rank Advancement Ceremony every 3 months we have a raffle for prizes, and every completed Performance 25 counts as an entry to win!