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.
Knowing that Mark and I are on an accelerated pace to learn two kata with attendant bunkai is thrilling. Yesterday the after class focus was to move us further into the Kata and then teach us more two more bunkai. Know that we are up to number 7 is cool because we only have three to go.
But I'm getting ahead of myself. Reed came into class carried a stack of boards! I've never broken a board in class. My last school was on an island and wood was expensive. I think we could have gotten raw cut lumber, but I'm not sure where we would have dried it. We always used the plastic break away boards, but those would give up their useful lives fairly quickly.
I didn't get the option to break though. We did paper, scissors, rock and the younger students all go to try. I have to admit it's awesome to see a 10 year old blow through a piece of wood and just come off stoked. We focused almost solely on punching for the whole hour. I feel refined for sure, but my body…
Bone crunching, tendons grinding and snapping - that is definitely the way to celebrate the 80th class!
I was experiencing the same feeling of dread, partial exhaustion and even a little a nausea from adrenaline, that I used to get going to classes at my old school. This came, in part, due to the often regular contusions and joint pain I got from the regular impactful contact and joint manipulations that were part of the syllabus. The Shūdokan class has never invoked these feelings in me before because we rarely do locks or heavy impact, but I realized that there is an underlying excitement in having a goal and in the relatively short time of a year. Also having class on Monday is a bit tough for me because I'm not usually well rested. With that being said, I got a surprise during class. Mark and I paired up as usual to do our "fours". We are to do the kata four times, and then practice the bunkai four times with each of us performing the attack four times. We kn…
I ended up missing Monday's class since I had to go back to the East Coast and do some family business for a long weekend. The frustrating thing is that once I'm going regularly to class, breaking the pattern by just one class seems to throw me out of kilter.
For instance on Monday I missed an introduction to European blocking. This is a two person exercise in which there is a sequence of five moves ended with a throw. Since I missed Monday I had to start out pretty slow and never made it past the forth exchange. My partner, Sarah, was a pistol and loves to move fast and hard. I find her precision and strength a welcome respite from the less aggressive/assertive folks in the class. I can't wait for her to move up the chain in testing to where she obviously belongs.
Sequences: left jab, right reverse punch, right front kickright back fist, left punch, left round house kickleft jab, right reverse punchright coquette block low, punch, side kick (can't quite remembe…