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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Art (01/18/07)

TITLE: First Form of the Way of Coordinated Power
By Kaylee Blake


I am an artist.

“Joon Be!”

In one fluid motion, I bring my fists to waist level, knees slightly bent, legs directly under shoulders. “Joon Be, sir!”

“Ki Bon Il Hyung.” First Form…

“Ki Bon Il Hyung, sir!”

My sensei’s eyes glitter with pride. He nods. “Shi Jak!”

Immediately, I turn counterclockwise forty-five degrees, down-blocking to the left…

This is Hapkido…

…Step up and punch.

…the Way of Coordinated Power…

A 180 degree turn to my right, down-block…

My bare feet move silently, smoothly, quickly on the shiny blue mat.

…Step up and punch.

…My first tournament…

A ninety degree turn counterclockwise. Another left down-block. And punch…

…here comes the Ki Hap…

…punch, punch, “Hyah!”

The tricky part now…

My left foot reaches around behind my right one. I plant my feet, pivot 275 degrees, and down-block to the left, finding myself in a perfect front stance.

Half way done…

Step up and punch. Turn clockwise, 180 degrees. Down-block right. Step up and punch…

I continue the deadly dance against my imaginary attacker with confidence, the only sound in the vast auditorium the flow of my Do Bok with each graceful movement. I take the rigid form and mold it into something beautiful. I take it and make it my own. A piece of art…a living, moving, deadly work of art.


Another 275 degree turn counterclockwise. Another down-block. Another step up, another punch.

…My last turn…

180 degrees to my left. Right down-block. Step up with a left forward punch.

It's finished.

I return to Joon Be.

The audience murmurs in approval. But what will the judges think?

“Cha Ryut,” my sensei calls out to me. “Koon Yet!”

I obey with a deep, respectful bow to each of the judges, thanking them. “Gam Sa Hap Ni Da.”

I am an artist. A martial artist. And this…

I bow low to the audience.

…is my art.

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Donna Haug01/25/07
Oh my. I felt like I needed to take martial arts observation lessons to follow what you were doing - and a translation dictionary ... maybe you could just sit beside me next time and tell me what's up! ;) I liked the paragraph where you turned it into something beautiful yet 'deadly'. Interesting.
Sharlyn Guthrie01/28/07
A unique take on the topic for sure! I too felt a little lost, since this is an art form (and language) I am not familiar with, but I think that you used the right voice and you definitely kept my interest.
Joanne Sher 01/28/07
I was also unfamiliar with the language, but, to me anyway, it really didn't matter. I could almost feel each movement, and definitely felt his anxiety and discipline. I don't need to tell you this is a unique take on the topic - I was quite engaged.
Jan Ackerson 01/29/07
You are an artist with your words, too. Nicely done.
Donna Powers 01/29/07
A good way to look at this topic and though I was a bit thrown off by the language, I liked the way that your sentence structure was part of the execution of the martial arts moves. Good work; thanks for sharing it
Sara Harricharan 01/31/07
I am laughing in delight as I read this. This has got to be my absolute favorite this week! Very light and easy to read, and just wonderful with grabbing the reader and pulling them straight in until the end. I liked the use of the forms and martial arts. Awesome writing!
Myrna Noyes01/31/07
As I read, I was wishing I understood the movements, so I could picture them in my mind. I'm sure they were beautiful to watch! I also loved your ending! :)
william price01/31/07
Very unique, creative and well done. God bless.
Leigh MacKelvey02/01/07
Congratulatins, Kaylee .. I loved it!
Erin Brannan02/02/07
Sweet! I never thought of martial arts as an art form, but this totally changed my mind. I loved it! See you shoutlife!