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…
The big excitement from last night was that Ivanna taught me the last couple of moves of Roku Dan! She was thankfully fresh from teaching Mark the same thing last Wednesday. Right on the tail of that I was able to learn the tenth bunkai related to this kata.
I'm trying to measure the success so far. Four months to learn the entirety of the kata and the 10 bunkai. That's not to say that I'm actually refined to the point of comfort, but it looks pretty good. I'm sure the last two sequences will need to be refined, but I love that the bunkai absolutely matches the actions taken in the kata. It makes it easier to remember. For instance, the last bunkai blocks the kick, steps in with a reverse chop to the ribs. Uke grabs your wrist and you do a twist and push. Boom!
Anyway, I'm down to eight months to have all the bunkai locked into place so I can start on the application. I can remain consistent Reed might be able to confirm us sooner, but to have the level o…
It was a momentous night. And definitely one where there was a karmic balance in place. During the first hour post warm up I was given the four girls. 10, 8, 7 and 6. Woe is me. The ten year old, is an excellent artist, but vexes me because she is bored of the routine work and easily gets frustrated with her younger cohort. The others are a challenge because you can only get them to focus on the smallest changes at any given time.
I got them to work on a practice celebration. For them it's three sets of blocking (downward, cross; downward, cross, kick; downward, cross, kick, punch) and then drills that move up and down the floor. Then it was on to three kata. This was followed by the application. The application uses the bunkai in a two person series. The girls actually do this reasonably well considering their age and relative sophistication. After that we reviewed the wrist locks; opposite side grab and same side grab. Pretty substantial based on the fact that these …