Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Transition to Half-Empty finished

Now no reference (that I'm aware of) to PlanetQuake exists any more at the new place demospecs.half-empty.de. My old email address at PlanetQuake does still work but this may stop any day now. So please better use the new one, which you can find all over the place at the new Demo Specs page.

Hopefully I find the time to add new material. With id Tech 5 coming next year maybe I should finally publish some id Tech 4 findings.

Monday, November 16, 2009

2nd Dan Taekwondo

Over the weekend I passed the 2nd Dan exam in traditional Taekwon-Do.

On Saturday I had to demonstrate the pattern Eul-Ji Hyeong and had to fight a free sparring against two opponents. Both held a piece of wood, which I had to break with a technique fitting into the fight. For one board I used a "normal" 180° Pandae-Dollyo-Chagi with the right foot and for the other a 360° Pandae-Dollyo-Chagi with the left foot. This took place in the Black Belt Center in Gräfelfing near Munich, Germany.

On Sunday I had to perform another three breaking tests right out of (movements 12, 17, and 27) the Euil-Ji Hyeong pattern. One Twio-yop-Chagi, one Twio-tora-yop-Chagi, and lastly a Twio-Ap-Chagi. This second and last part of the exam took place in Lauf an der Pegnitz near Nuremberg, Germany.

If you look closely at the big flag behind Grandmaster Kown, Jae-Hwa (7th Dan, examiner), myself (totally exhausted), and my Master Claus Bernet (4th Dan), all this took place in preparation for the celebration of "45 Years Taekwon-Do in Europe" next year.