Creative Beginnings Month on May, 2024: I have to make a creative form for my black belt?

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I have to make a creative form for my black belt?

Like any form, they are meant as libraries of techniques, tests of proper technique when used in combinations, rhythm, and balance. But they are not keys to a martial art style. You are being asked to come up with a creative form so that you can demonstrate a facet of your martial art. You aren't abandoning all that you've been taught, you're being asked to honor it with your own interpretation - a rather humble task when we all think of the fighting part of martial arts, and not so much the art of martial arts.

As you become more experienced, the forms either get more difficult or they get more internal, or both, depending on the style of martial art. Think about this as you design your form.

My first advice is to lay out a theme for the form. Is it self defense? Sport? Do you want to demonstrate dexterity with the weapon? Do you want to show an alternative, but basic, way to perform techniques that the existing forms do not? Do you want to point out something that other forms might, in your opinion, be missing? Maybe, you want the form to represent the power that a martial artist should have, and so your techniques are loud and powerful. Maybe, you want the form to represent balance, dexterity, or speed; and so you should choose techniques that espouse these properties.

Your form should demonstrate techniques commensurate with your ability. You should demonstrate proper rhythm, speed, and control when stitching together the techniques.

Your form should have a deeper meaning, other wise, it becomes just an exercise of running through combinations. Even your first form has deep meanings, and so should yours. Find a property about your martial art, or a revered person in that art's (or culture's) history, or an important event in the evolution of your art or it's culture, and find a way to tie the techniques of your form to this meaning. You might shape it in the chinese (or japanese or korean) character that resebles the meaning you chose - this is very typical of traditional taekwondo black forms.

A traditional martial artist should respect it's culture and traditions. You might think of performing it in clothing of an era of history that is important to the culture of your MA. You might think of performing it to traditional music.

Maybe, you want to perform something that represents a blend of past and present - traditional music to contemporary techniques, for instance.

Maybe, you want to be more open-minded about the martial art's relationship with other martial arts, and blend a well-known form of your art, with a well-known form of another martial art. A taekwondo team did just this, by performing pieces of forms that were part of about a dozen taekwondo kwans, and came out really beautiful.

Be careful not to let your form become another stunt setting for a jackie chan movie, or a series of combinations for sparring. Be careful not to introduce techniques too difficult to execute without detracting from the rest of the form.

When you design your form, think of the emotions, the eye contact, the rhythm and speed you will perform. It should be deliberate and obvious.

Depending on your art, forms are symetrical or they are not. I wouldn't deviate from this, since it might look haphazard or robotic if you do. Be sure to show enough discipline to start and stop in the same place, that you have loud kihap/kiai in sensible places.

Know the masters' personalities. When I grade creative forms, I like to see dramatic beginnings and dramatic endings. That sets the pace for the rest of the form. Don't let the form drone on for 10 minutes, unless that is customary with your style of martial art.

Good luck!

my birthday is march 1st 1986, wut is the numerological significance of this?

my birthday is march 1st 1986, wut is the numerological significance of this?

Day 1 means Beginnings

Month 3 means Creativity

Year 1986 = 6 means Healing

1 + 3 + 1 + 9 + 8 + 6 = 28

2 + 8 = 10

1 + 0 = 1

Your Life Path or Destiny is 1

You are a born leader. You insist on your right to make up your own mind; you demand freedom of thought and action. You have drive and determination. You don't let anything or anyone stand in your way once you are committed to your goal. You assume the responsibility to be the protector and provider for those you love. You demand respect and attention and become irritated and even domineering when important things do not go your way. You need to feel in command of important undertakings, and resist supportive roles. You seek the forefront and the limelight. You are exceptionally creative and original and possess a touch of the unusual. Your approach to problems is unique and you have the courage to wander from the beaten path. You can be impatient with your shortcomings and those of others. You are very concerned with your status and foster the appearance of success and self-satisfaction. The need to appear well off propels you to strive for growth, success and the finer things of life. You should watch out for selfishness, conceit and the over-concern with appearance. You must guard against overzealous behavior, anger and aggressiveness. If these qualities are not brought under control you could become excessively domineering, vindictive and even violent. You perform best when you are left to your own devices. Ideally you should own your own business and be your own boss. Hold fast to your life's dream and work with the determination you possess to realize it. You can become overly stressed by your driven nature. Be careful about the food you eat and maintain an exercise program you enjoy. Competition sports are often a healthy outlet for a person with your drive, particularly sports involving running and swimming. Don't let pride and overconfidence be your masters. Remember, your talents and abilities are a gift from a higher source, which should promote gratitude and humility, rather than pride and conceit. More often than not a person with a 1 Life Path will achieve much in life as long as the drive, creativity, originality and pioneering spirit are fully employed!

Your Birth Day number is 1

You are a leader. You have a great ambition and a strong drive for success. You are highly independent and dislike the restrictions of having to work with others. You easily become frustrated with the routine. You are a pioneer, a gambler, and an initiator. You are very creative; you possess a keen and rapid mind. You have excellent business instincts and with the appropriate training can run large organizations and big businesses. You use information for a specific purpose. Knowledge is a practical tool in your hands; you dislike information or knowledge for its own sake. You possess a broad vision and a great capacity for motivating others. You have great will power that will be tested, especially during the years 28 to 56. But your opportunity for accomplishment is enormous. You are generally open to the ideas of others, but you can be extremely stubborn and hardheaded once you become attached to your plans. Avoid laziness and procrastination. You are given to anger and frustration, and have a tendency to force the issue at times when things are not developing as rapidly as you would like. Your determination, will power, and inventiveness are the keys to your success and will likely bring you much personal reward and financial success.

Love & Blessings


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where can i find candles and other accessories? i.e candle holders, votives, tea lights, glass bowls etc?

Ikea would be a good choice as the other person suggested, but also if you have them in your area try Cost Plus or Pier 1 Imports.

Depending on how creative you want to get, Target, WalMart or even the Dollar Store would have the beginnings of something. Check out for more ideas in that respect.

Good luck!

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