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Return to Hapkido!


I started up hapkido again!

Due to a long, long, complicated series of events which include winter break, winter camp, losing my phone for a week, CLEA, and hurting my wrist, I have been unable to do hapkido for the last 3 months. I didn’t realize quite how important it was to me until I went back for the first time yesterday. I knew that it was enjoyable, and that it was fun, but I didn’t realize how important it was to my mental health to not only have a physical activity to do but also a person my age to talk to.

I was really nervous about going back because I hadn’t really been in contact with Kyungjin, the hapkido instructor’s wife and my friend and contact at the studio, and I felt very guilty about that, and also because I hadn’t practiced in 4 months. What if I sucked?! What if I forgot how to throw a punch?! (Well let’s be real here, I never really knew how to throw a punch… you don’t really punch as much as you kick in hapkido).

Upon arriving at hapkido I was hugged by Kyungjin, I was swarmed by tiny little elementary-aged hapkidoers, and it turns out it was the hapkido instructor’s birthday! Good thing I brought a present ^^;;. Also I remembered how to do pretty much everything – that is, except for how to put on my uniform correctly. Fail.

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“Return to Hapkido!”

  1. Avatar April 7th, 2011 at 7:50 am Leah Says:

    your blogs always crack me up 🙂

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안녕하세요! My name is Emily and when I started this blog I had received a 2010 – 2011 F*lbright grant to teach English in South Korea.  I then decided to apply to renew my grant, so I am now staying in Korea until July 2012. This blog is not an official F*lbright Program blog, and the views expressed are my own and not those of the F*lbright Program, the U.S. Department of State or any of its partner organizations.

I graduated from the University of Mary Washington with a degree in Philosophy Pre-Law and Classical Civilizations, and found myself 3 months later teaching English at SGHS. The town that I taught in, SG, is a small town of 12,000 people, an “읍” (eup) rather than a “시” (shi – city), and though it was sometimes hard teaching in such a small town I really enjoyed the unique experience of being the first foreign teacher SGHS had ever had. I lived in the largest part of the county which is significantly bigger (40,000 people) than the town the school is situated in, but is also considered rural by Korean standards.

During my second grant period (2011-2012) I decided to change schools and I currently teach at CPHS which is located in an even smaller town than previously, in Jeollanamdo.

This blog is meant to serve as a reflection not only of being a Native English Speaking teacher in Korea, but also of living as a foreigner in rural Korea.