Bass Korean Martial Art School

Tang Soo Do - Korean Karate & Self Defence Classes are:

Mondays (Alness):
Junior (8-15 yrs) - 18:30 to 19:30
Senior (16+ yrs) - 19:30 to 20:30

Thursdays (Alness):
Little Ninjas (4-7 yrs) - 18:30 to 19:30
Junior (8-15 yrs) - 18:30 to 19:30
Senior (16+ yrs) - 19:30 to 20:30

Operating as usual

[06/20/17]   Remember, there is no class this Thursday due to school prize giving


Well done to those who passed their grading 08.12.16 :)
Rhudi Pockock
Finn Kenny
Brenna Kenny
Kelsey McRae
Mollie McGoran
Abbie McGoran

[12/16/16]   Last class of 2016 will be Thursday 22nd December
First class of 2017 will be Monday 9th January 16/12/2016

Gathering 2017 | Scottish Kempo Academy

Highland Budo Gathering 2017 - Tain, Ross-shire
To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Scottish Kempo Academy, we are opening our annual and legendary premier Self-Defence event to all Martial Artists regardless of rank, style or affiliation! Our special guest instructor will be a 10th Degree Black Belt Grandmaster from California, USA.

Attendance numbers are limited at this Martial Arts event due to the size of the venue so you need to buy an early bird ticket to guarantee your place! Click on the link below to visit the event page where you can buy your seminar tickets safely and securely via PayPal. Request A Free Trial Lesson!

[11/26/16]   One proud instructor...well done guys on your Dan grading today (26.11.16). You all pulled it out of the bag when you had to. Keep up the brilliant work and effort you have put in to get this far...the journey has only just begun!

[11/11/16]   Tang Soo Do Forms Training ~ Master C. Terrigno - 6th Dan

Forms training is both an application of Tang Soo Do fighting techniques and an artistic expression of those techniques. It has internal (Neh Gung) as well as external (Weh Gung) attributes and benefits. Internally, we are exercising the vital organs and developing internal energy and power (Ki) through proper breathing. Externally we learn how to control that power in the ex*****on of the physical techniques in increasingly complex patterns against multiple opponents.
As an art form, hyung practice should demonstrate not only the fighting applications from a technical aspect, but also the artistry of good presentation, and that requires more than just exhibiting strong fighting skills. That aspect is a function of the mental and spiritual (Shim Gung) state of the practitioner.
In practicing forms, or learning a new one, it is useful to break the form down into components, working on different ones individually and then adding them together. Phase 1 can be considered the basic, or rough draft stage while Phase 2 adds more ingredients that help the form take shape and strengthen it. Phase 3 can be considered the "polishing" phase where refinement of the form takes place.

Phase 1
- Understand the characteristics of the form
- Learn the overall pattern of the form
- Learn the individual movements and integrate them into the form's pattern
Phase 2
- Focus on breathing, tension / relaxation and power control
- Concentrate on the rhythm of the form
- Practice with a sense of awareness and realism
Phase 3
The final step would be to evaluate the form in its totality, much like a painter stands back to look at his art from a distance. This perspective deals with the overall composition of the form and should consider three things: Line, Speed, and Beauty.

Line (Suhn) is about extension. It is characterized by longer stances and techniques extended within their full range of motion, rather than short, restricted movements. It is also about solid stances and smooth transition from one position to the next.

Speed (Sohk) is best reflected by variation in timing of directional movements as well as the speed of the techniques themselves. Avoid static, predictable timing between techniques. Some movements will be executed individually and others in combinations with varied timing. Some moves are explosive and others more relaxed and contemplative.

Beauty (Mee) is the overall impression you create with your interpretation of the perfect form. It is a feeling experienced by the performer and transferred to the observer. Like a painting, if the audience felt or saw your inspiration, it's presentation would be considered successful.

[09/04/16]   The difference between try and triumph is a little umph!

[09/04/16]   Loyalty to country
Obedience to parents
Honor friendship
No retreat in battle
In fighting choose with sense and honor

[09/04/16]   Integrity
Respect and Obedience
Indomitable Spirit 16/08/2016

Returning to the Dojo It seems inevitable for many students – after years of dedicated training (or even just months), the training begins to slow down. Sometimes, it just stops suddenly, and there’s a consp…

[08/14/16]   NBA / SKA BUDO GATHERING 2016: Dingwall & Tain, Friday 2nd & Saturday 3rd September. The Highland's annual premier Self-Defence event which is open to invited guests and NBA / SKA members!
Shihan Tony Brown 6th Dan Aikido, from England, will be teaching at our annual "Gathering" at Dingwall on Saturday 3rd September.

[06/21/16]   Just a reminder that there is no class this Thursday (23rd) due to the school prize giving.

[12/01/15]   Last class of 2015 will be 14th Dec
First class of 2016 will be 7th Jan

[01/02/14]   BKMAS NEWSLETTER – January 2014

New Year Message
Happy New Year! Hope you all have had a great festive period and are looking forward to getting back to training!
2014 is the year of the horse…. The spirit of the horse is recognized to be the Chinese people's ethos – making unremitting efforts to improve themselves and BKMAS will continue assisting its students on improving their lifestyle in general by bettering mind, body and spirit through the art of Tang Soo Do and by following the codes and tenets.

5 Codes of Tang Soo Do
• Loyalty to country
• Obedience to parents
• Honour of friendship
• No retreat in battle
• In fighting; choose with sense and honour

7 Tenets of Tang Soo Do
• Integrity
• Concentration
• Perseverance
• Respect & Obedience
• Self-Control
• Humility
• Indomitable Spirit

All going well, in 2014 we will see more in the way of seminars, guest instructors and competitions which I hope you will all attend and enjoy. Taking part in the seminars and competitions not only increase your knowledge of Martial Arts, but also allow you to make more friends and broaden our Martial Arts family.
I am looking forward to seeing you all on the 6th January and to training with you all throughout the coming year….let us make it a good one!

Shim Sa
Dates for 2014 gradings are listed below:
6th March 2014
5th June 2014
4th September 2014
4th December 2014
As always, students will be invited to grade based on their attitude, technical ability, effort and behaviour during class time.
The gradings will last for 2 hours, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm for the Juniors & Seniors, Little Ninjas will be grading during the first hour.

Private Classes
If anyone wants extra training (out with class time) let me know and we can arrange some private training. Equally, if anyone wants to learn anything out with the curriculum let me know and we can get something together for you.

Words of Wisdom
"Karate-Do is a lifetime study"(Master Kenwa Mabuni)
"Slow and steady wins the race."(Aesop)
"He who chases around after many rabbits ends hungry."(Okinawan Proverb)
"Those things in life that we find the hardest to do, are the things we are the most thankful we did." (Annette Ueckert)
"The ultimate aim of Karate lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of character of its participants."(Master Gichin Funakoshi)

Tang Soo!

[12/01/13]   BKMAS NEWSLETTER – December 2013

Shim Sa
The last Gup Shim Sa of 2013 will be held on 5th December 2013

As always, students will be graded on their attitude, technical ability, effort and behaviour during class time.

Little Ninjas will be grading at the same time as the Juniors and Seniors

The last class of 2013 will be Thursday 19th December
The first class of 2014 will be Monday 6th January

Honourary Lifetime Memberships
It gives me great pleasure to announce that Master Vince Tait (KSDMA) and Sensei Alan Mitchell (SFAS) have been awarded a honourary lifetime membership to BKMAS.
Welcome to our family!

Respect is the cornerstone of the martial arts. Respect begins with respect for oneself. A student needs to develop self-respect before they can truly treat others with respect.

Some of the ways in which BKMAS develop self-respect in individuals include:
• Requiring students to be responsible for wearing a clean and tidy martial arts uniform.
• Addressing others using "sir" or ma'am."
• Being well groomed for class (fingernails short, no jewellery, hair short or tied back).
• Bowing to partners and following formal respectful traditions of the martial arts.
• Requiring punctual attendance for class and tests.

For adults, self-respect is equally important, from how we treat ourselves to our interaction with others, to community involvement and environmental attitudes.
It is vitally important that higher grades lead by example in showing the younger or less experienced students how to behave by, bowing accordingly, addressing higher belts as “sir” or “ma’am”, following instruction quickly and professionally, conducting themselves in the proper manner etc. (refer back to October’s newsletter about setting the example).
Respect is the first and most important lesson that one can learn through the study of the martial arts.

New B**g Hyung for 2014
We have already started learning these new staff forms, but here they are in black and white. We will start again proper in the New Year.
Form Name Meaning Belt Colour
Dong-ji B**g Hyung Winter Staff Form Orange
Bom B**g Hyung Spring Staff Form Green
Cheong-chun B**g Hyung Summer Staff Form Green/white stripeSeongsug-i B**g Hyung Autumn Staff Form Brown

Words of Wisdom
All Martial Artists are beginners; some of us have just been beginning longer!
J.R. West

Deja Fu: The feeling that somehow, somewhere, you've been kicked in the head like this before.

Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not you go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.
Bruce Lee

It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.

I have not failed 700 times, I have not failed once. I have succeeded in proving those 700 ways will not work. When I have eliminated the ways that will not work, I will find the way that will work.
Thomas Edison

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.

Tang Soo!

[11/17/13]   Honourary Lifetime Memberships

It gives me great pleasure to announce that Master Vince Tait (KSDMA) and Sensei Alan Mitchell (SFAS) have been awarded a honourary lifetime membership to BKMAS.

Welcome to our family!

Tang Soo!

[11/12/13]   Super class last night, keep the "buzz" going around the hall at each class!
Tang Soo!!

[10/29/13]   BKMAS NEWSLETTER – November 2013

The last Gup grading of 2013 will be held on 5th December 2013
As always, students will be graded on their attitude, technical ability, effort and behaviour during class time.
Invitations to grade will be coming out during November.

The next Dan grading will be held on Saturday 9th November.
If you would like to come along and cheer on your friend/partner/spouse/child you will be allowed access at 1pm

Last class of 2013 will be Thursday 19th December
First class of 2014 will be Monday 6th January

East Meets West Charity Tournament 26th October 2013
Huge well done to all those who took part in the East meets West tournament held at CSMA Ullapool yesterday. Many congratulations to those with trophies (although you are all winners in my eyes!)

6-9 year Old Open Hand Form
Danny Hoe: Silver
Abbie McGoran: Bronze
10-15 year Old Open Hand Form
Hannah Jane Cochran: Silver
Adult Open Hand Form
Megan Bass: Gold
Monique Hoe: Silver
Ronnie Lang: Bronze
6-9 year weapons Form
Danny Hoe: Bronze
10-15 year weapons Form
Razannah Hussain: Silver
Hannah Jane Cochran: Bronze
Adult weapons Form
Ronnie Lang: Gold
Callum Smith: Bronze
Team Forms
The Fantastic 4: Megan Bass, Hannah Jane Cochran, Callum Smith, Monique Hoe: Gold
Adult Sparring
Ronnie Lang: Gold
Callum Smith: Bronze

Fourteen Attitude Requirements
The fourteen attitude requirements of Tang Soo Do apply to ALL BKMAS members and are meant to guide the Tang Soo Do Practitioner.

1. Purpose of training should be enhancement of mental and physical betterment.
2. Serious approach.
3. All our effort.
4. Maintain regular and constant practice.
5. Practice basic techniques all the time.
6. Regularly spaced practice sessions.
7. Always listen to and follow the direction of instructor or seniors.
8. Do not be overly ambitious.
9. Frequently inspect your own achievements.
10. Always follow a routine training schedule.
11. Repeatedly practice all techniques already learned.
12. When you learn new techniques, learn thoroughly the theory and philosophy as well.
13. When you begin to feel idle, try to overcome this.
14. Cleanliness is required after training. Keep yourself and your surroundings clean.

Practice Etiquette
There’s an ancient saying in the martial arts, “The practice begins and ends with etiquette.” Some replace “etiquette” with “respect”, but it is the same. Without proper etiquette and the right environment so much will be missed from the practice. In fact, most traditional etiquette has been so lacking from most modern martial arts schools throughout the UK and abroad that these schools should not even call what they are doing “martial arts”.
This is precisely why very few people in this country understand what the martial arts truly are, what they are not, and why so few ever even try it.
Every action that one takes while at the dojang must be with complete and utter respect and focus-even reverence. This is how we strengthen our ability to be mindful in all that we do – both in and outside the dojang. This is how the practice positively changes lives.
How do you measure progress? Is it the colour of your belt? Is it based on seniority? No. There is really only one way-in your life. Is your life better because you practice? Are you a better person? Are you calmer and more centered? Are you happier? Do you have more energy and better concentration? That is where you need to look, not around your waist.

The Kihap (기합) is a very important part of Tang Soo Do practice. When properly executed, this special kind of shout combines sound with breathing in one explosive burst. The kihap should not originate in the throat, but from deep down in the stomach area, making use of the diaphragm, to forcefully push air up and out through the mouth, and be a manifestation of your fighting spirit.
No two students’ kihaps are identical, you will find that as your Tang Soo Do skillset grows so too will your kihap.

The kihap serves several purposes:
• It ensures that students breathe while exerting themselves for greater endurance, power and energy
• It heightens mental focus and concentration
• It helps to reduce tension
• It is an expression of confidence
• It is a way to motivate yourself and others by sharing your intensity and spirit
• A loud, powerful kihap can startle an attacker, giving you additional time to react or make your escape

Words of Wisdom
“Use only that which works, and take it from any place you can find it.” ― Bruce Lee

“You Have the Power to Fulfill Your Dreams!” ― Tae Yun Kim

“Flow with whatever may happen, and let your mind be free: Stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing. This is the ultimate.” ― Zhuangzi

“Martial arts is not about fighting; it's about building character.” ― Bo Bennett

"The one who has conquered himself is a far greater hero than he who has defeated a thousand times a thousand men." - Buddha

Tang Soo!

[10/28/13]   Top class tonight - plenty of effort and a good buzz about the hall.
Well done everyone
Tang Soo!

[10/28/13]   Holiday times:
The last class for 2013 will be held on Thursday 19th December
The first class for 2014 will be held on Monday 6th January

[10/28/13]   Next Gup Grading scheduled for Thursday 5th December
Invitations to grade will be given out in the next couple of weeks.


October 2013 Newsletter

The last Gup grading of 2013 will be held on 5th December 2013

As always, students will be graded on their attitude, technical ability, effort and behaviour during class time.

The next Dan grading will be held on Saturday 9th November.
If you would like to come along and cheer on your friend/partner/spouse/child you will be allowed access at 1pm

Classes will run as normal over the school holidays.

East Meets West Charity Tournament
The tournament will be held at the Lochbroom Leisure Centre, UIlapool from 12pm to 4pm on the 26th October.
This will be the first of such an event between BKMAS, Cameron’s School of Martial Arts and Scottish Fighting Arts Society, and hopefully the first of many.
Proceeds from the tournament will be going to Sands (Stillbirth and neonatal death charity.

Setting the Example
Remember that no matter what your rank is, there is always someone holding a lower rank. Your behaviour in class (and out with class times) needs to be at its best at all times.
Your training should be with all your effort, all of the time, your focus the same.
Remember that the lower ranks are looking at you, copying your techniques, stances, general demeanour and attitude, so make sure everything is correct and done in the spirit of Tang Soo Do.

Remember the website is there for you
If you want to see anything different there let me know

Words of Wisdom
"To know that you do not know is the best. To pretend that you know when you do not is a disease." - Lao Tzu

“You are not finished when you lose. You are finished when you quit.” – Sensei Masaru Shintani

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." - Winston Churchill

"There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all." - Peter Drucker

The one who devotes himself with passion towards a cause with all of his strength and spirit will become a true master. For this reason mastery demands one hundred percent of a person. - GM DA Giacobbe

Something to think about:
Think of life as like driving, you need to look forward and focus on the road ahead. You have your mirrors for glancing backwards, but should only be a glance, to remember and to reflect. If you drive looking backward you will crash. – Bobbie Bass

Tang Soo!

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