Black Belt in Tang Soo Do and now learning Shudokan Karate.
I've been fighting a cold for the last week and now I'm about to step on a plane to go to Mexico for two weeks. If I see anything martial I write about it, but I may not have the energy to type in the heat.
I hate showing up late for class because I'm never quite in the correct mind set and never quite warmed up for immediate action.
I got called by work just as I was leaving the house. I had to make some calls and send some emails, but I was on the road as quick as I could which had me arrive to class with about a half hour left. After I bowed in Reed had me be the kicking demo dummy. He was demoing the hook kick for the orange belts. Which meant in my first two minutes I got kicked three times very hard. Sigh. I ended up helping the new black belts with their test preparation and was pleasantly surprised that I was able to help a little bit, but overall couldn't remember the overall moves. Brain is full. After class turned out to be me and Daniel Sensei. We went through all my Bird katas and refined as much as my brain could handle.
When Sensei's eight year old daughter is "done" with class she only gives the very least in effort. I can't imagine what she's like at home, but I imagine they feel more free to address her behavior. Unfortunately, when I have to teach the young folks she is often an issue because I have to devote so much attention to her. That means the group suffers. I imagine I should just ignore her, but when she is partnered with another person they both get less done.
Last night I had four girls of varying ages and experience trying to get through two exercises. Each having less and less interest in the work as time went on. On a good night everyone is pretty much on the same page, but as the time stretched on I seemed plagued by several issues. The daughter and her partner started giggling which is a sure sign things are going down hill. Then they started shoving each other. In the other pair, one girl asked a questi…
We had a slow start yesterday. Everybody wanted to chat for a bit so we ended up yapping until Reed showed up. I spent the whole time with Daniel Sensei working on adding to Koryu Ni Pai Po. For whatever reason this kata is coming along nicely. It's one of the two very long ones I have to learn for my belt test, but strangely its coming along faster than I than the first four. Is it his pacing? Is it the kata? Hard to say, but I'm happy that we've got the first third of the kata done. Maybe not expert or finished, but remembered.
The only problem was that my left knee started acting up due to the move that has me go to my knee and immediately spring up. My bum toe doesn't allow me to flatten my foot all the way down, so springing up puts a lot of weight on my left knee. Owwww.
In the adult class we did our bow in and Reed Sensei immediately pulled me to the side to show him all the kata. For whatever reason I was unable to do two of the kata clean. Tired? To…