Question on notes on notes

OK, one last post on notes. The question is, what is the difference between “Bullet Points” and “notes”? Notes are more random and have a vagueness to them.  Bullet Points are designed for the instructors outline when teaching.  It gives an A, B C, D teaching structure for presenting information.  The Bullet Point format also keeps all the instructors following the same page.  Their references are constant, therefore the students all receive the same basic foundation, regardless of location. It acts as a cue card for important points in a picture.  The picture is broken down into parts and each part has drills to imprint their purpose.  Each new drill is linked to the last part.  The student should feel a sense of clarity as the technique parts come together, and by the end, will have a complete picture of the how, when and why. Here is an example of Bullet Points on the Closed Bi Jong Stance.  Missing, are the list of drills which accompany each element.


Closed Bi Jong Attacking stance

Underline! this is to learn the basic position of the CBJ only, and therefore there is no movement. The applied CBJ is never stationary.  The follow-up exercises (shadow closing and Lin Sil Die Dar) will teach the moving application. “The defense is built into the offense”.  Drills will be for understanding only, not skill. Pay close attention to the deviations necessary for different body types.  This is a critical technique that will be the foundation for all other applications, so take your time.


Purpose: Demonstrate complete fast then slow, then show elements

Foot spread/space/angle of feet and body/weight/lead leg.

Why is the back angled? Natural energy flow from the feet into the torso.

Why natural side: learn quicker/better flow/stronger power base for lead hand.


CLOSED BI JONG. Attacking stance position when inside the threat zone.

  1. Teach piece by piece.
  2. Feet positions.
  3. Strong side in lead position- stronger more fluid and learns quicker.
  4. Stability and mobility while in motion.
  5. Weight 80/20 – 70/30.
  6. Width and depth dependent on body size.
  7. Front toe inward broadens the stability quadrant.
  8. Springiness of knees and aliveness in the position.

3.Body and arms.

  1. Runners position.
  2. Forward lean from the waist (not head) complements natural forward energy. (no hunch)
  3. Front foot lift test. 70-30%. (timbering not falling)
  4. Open hands point loosely at the opponent face.
  5. Strong Lead hand in bridge, non-lead in elbow pocket.
  6. Hands halfway from shoulder line to centerline.


  1. Crab like steps/single unit movement/legs under the body.
  2. Front foot brake, rear foot power source/ continuous tension/ upper body vibration.
  3. Move by releasing brake.
  4. First step longer than the natural step, because of close.
  5. Several small steps rather than longer steps.
  6. Equality of steps/feet always quickly recover.
  7.   Movement forward is constant and centerline is always relative to opponents central axis

I like students to keep a training journal, but do not require it, except instructors in training. Their notes are personal references to better understand the concepts and elements of each technique.  They would include a more detailed description of each element.  When first teaching, I tell them to make a cue card of their bullet points and have them with them as reference as they teach.   This way they can stay consistent with the flow of teaching, and after awhile, they will not need the cue card.

Hope your new year is starting off well. Aloha

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