Last month we were very privileged to have ninth degree master SSKJN Sungjin Suh, the grand master’s eldest son, visiting the Lowestoft school to host a very special workshop which was open to all Lowestoft and Halesworth black belts. The event hosted a great turnout with almost forty black belts present, ranging from junior JKNs all the way up to master level practitioners.
The three-hour workshop was split into two main sections; both of which involved learning something which was completely new to everyone who attended the event. To start off, we learned a short hand-strike routine which – after around an hour of learning and practising – we were all able to perform at a high speed. This then evolved into a competition of who could perform the routine fastest. SSKJN Sungjin and PKJN Nick Reeve worked together to eliminate a few people every time we repeated the routine and eventually the final competition was between PKJN Jon Denny and SBN Kev Clouting, but after a few almost identical performances of the routine from both, Master Jon just stole first place.
After learning the hand-strike routine we then moved onto the content that everyone was there for – Jung Bong Ee Hyung: the second staff form. We have always suspected that a second staff form was coming due to the name of the first form (Jung Bong Il Hyung) translating to “mid-length staff first form”, implying that there would be a second, so as you can imagine when we first found out about the arrival of staff form two there was a lot of excitement!
The new staff form differs from the original in several ways and overall it is fair to say that it is much more complex in the way that the first form is very elemental and there is very rarely anything more than one thing going on at a time (much like most of the under-black belt forms). The new form is more complex in this manner as it involves doing more than one thing at once in a few places (i.e: moving around whilst performing complex spins).
The black belts who attended the workshop learnt only a quarter of the new staff form and will continue to learn more of it annually for the next four years, but for now we must practice and practice to drill the content that we did learn into our minds before then moving onto perfecting it so much so that SSKJN Sungjin can tell us that it should be performed ‘something just like that!’