April 29, 2010.
Tae Kwon Do: Black Belt Test
Tae Kwon Do is one of the most popular martial art. Tae means “to strike or break with foot”; kwon means “to strike or break with hands”; and Do means “a way, method or art”. It is widely used as a means of self-defense, sports, exercise, meditation and philosophy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taekwondo).
Executive Summary: Black Belt Test at Eaglecrest High School:
On April 24th 2010, black belt test was performed at Eaglecrest High School which I really enjoyed as this game and its processes were so new to me. As a project manager, I would give 85% positive feedback about how it was organized. I still have 15% of the processes that they could have implemented, would have made them even better. I will discuss about this 15% of the process that could have been organized on the later part of the report.
The students were asked to line up according to the color of the tae kwon do dress they were wearing. They did the introduction and welcomed the guests. They introduced the judges who were responsible to see the students and give them their degree. Then, the display with music started in groups which were so perfect. The displays they performed were:
2. Low block reverse punch
3. High block high punch
4. Outside block reverse punch
5. Back leg front kick
6. Right leg side click
7. Back leg round click
8. Turning back kick
9. Combination kick
10. Black belt specialty kick
11. Corner positions
12. Running jump front kick
13. Flying side kick punch
14. Running jump spilt kick
After the display, they announced the case about a student who was suffering from breast cancer and asked the viewers to donate money to help. They also informed about the t-shirt purchase for $15 which would directly go to help the student who is suffering from breast cancer. People went in to buy the t-shirt and the place was full of so many people interested to buy the t-shirt including myself. Using small kids to get the donation box to all the viewers was a good move which result them to collect $8950 including t-shirt sales of $1500.
There was a break for some time and then the testing started in groups and in single. A girl was hurt during a brick break test and was bleeding her hands. After the test is over and the result were about to be published, all the parents were called to lined up with their kids. Then the host of the show publishes the results with respective belt and grade by sharing personal and emotional moments with him and his academy. The show ends about 12:45 pm which was supposed to be ending at 12:00pm. Overall, the management was good and the show was a success.
The black belt testing process was successful. But, some of the events could have been organized more systematically. During the initial phase of the show when they students were displaying their tricks, the music played vital role in encouraging people to enjoy. But, later on when the testing phase started for groups and individuals, there were no music at all; and, I felt that a mild sound on the background would have grabbed more attention of the viewers and added flavor to their show. The collection of donation for the student suffering from breast cancer was a success. It was organized really well. A girl got hurt when she tried to break the brick with her hands and there was no good management to look after her for first aid help even though she got attention later on. When it was time to present the result of the test, all the parents were asked to line up with respect to their children that went little mesh and time consuming. The judge giving the respective earned new belts to the candidates was processed efficiently and emotionally but could have been done faster.
The new alternative process for the black belt testing is better than what happened in the Eaglecrest High School because it would have ended the program on time which is very vital for an event to be called successful. The break given at the time of result announcement would have been used to organize the parents lining next to their kids and it would not have looked mesh as it did in the event. Soft background music at the time of testing would have motivated the performers as well as the viewers and would have made the event more exciting and fun. This is a risky arts and first aid kit were supposed to be very actively available if someone would get hurt during the process. But, I could sense as a viewer that the management was not up to the mark for this process which could have lengthened the time of the event. But, luckily, it didn’t affect much of the event’s time by the incident.
Even though, there were some portions of the processes that could have been implemented to make the event more efficient, the overall process for black belt testing was quite impressive and well managed. I enjoyed every moment of the event and I felt like if I could have won that free training, than I would make the most of it. I’m motivated to teach my-self the arts of Tae Kwon Do.