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.
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…
Although I went to class on Wednesday it still feels like I've been away from class for a long time. Consequently I tend to get focused on my stuff and forget there is a syllabus of a sorts moving forward during the course of the year.
When I got to the blackbelt session we went to work on Ten Ryu No Cone Ni (bad spelling I'm sure), a bo/staff kata. Although I'd rather be working on my stuff this has been fun to practice. Since we are using staffs we practice in the street; which garnishes us looks from the neighbors. The only problem last night was that the heat has started up in the Thorn city and there wasn't much of a breeze. Reed followed this up with the Dai version which I have no recollection even though we went over it a bunch of times. It takes the moves from the Ni version and mixes them up and ads a bunch more. Ergh. We finished up and headed over to class where we learned the beginning of Ni Pai Po. Unlike Koryu NPP which is incredibly long and diver…