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.
It's thanksgiving here in the states today and usually most things around the holiday are put aside to get ready for family and cooking. However, we took a vote and decided we'd do both classes as way to squeeze in as much training as we could. However the first class only had five of us and then after class was only three of us.
Reed started the class very quickly and that means the bare minimum of warm so we could get to content. He asked how much was on my plate. This meant that he was learning something and needed someone else to work with. He does his best learning by teaching someone else. Since he's kind of being pushed to work on his next belt he needs to learn four new kata under the Ryuei-Ryu school. We'd learned Anan which was the fourth I believe, but Pachu is the first. At any rate the pronunciation of said kata sounds like a sneeze to me; thus the title of the post. We got most of the way through it, but class ended. Everybody said their farewell…
My wife is about to head out of town for several months, so I'd like to spend time with her as much as possible. As usual Karate has to take a back seat to my real life demands, but since I need the exercise no matter what I managed to do the first hour of class.
I left the house a bit early and went to the building we have class in hopes that Mark would be there early. My gamble was successful. Mark has been coming to class a bit early himself to warm up and practice on his own. So after a little visiting we got into the application, but the frustration of memory betrayal reared it's ugly head. I could remember components of the application, but not how they tied together. By the time we got through a couple of guesses Reed Sensei showed and started sorting us out. But it was for not; class started and after warm up our practice outline was: - 4 x Nifanshi Shodan Kata - 4 x Kyoku Roku Dan Kata - 2 x Nifanshi Shodan Oyo - 2 x Kyouku Bunkai This took exactly the whole hour. …
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…