Wednesday, November 07, 2007

"Not the good ear!"

I don't think I've mentioned this before, but one of Beards ears is sort of mangled. In his childhood a dog got hold of him and tore it lose. The reattachment was only so good so it's a bit off kilter. It's not something easily noticed until he points it out. Last night we were practicing a series of elbow blocks that lead into some knee strikes. The first would go into the groin forcing the Uke down and then second would be in the face. When practicing with Teacher he had his head slightly askance so when the second knee came up he came up with the quote for the evening - "not the good ear!"

We spent most of the second hour working on wrist locks. I was placed with Priest who is a willing student so I got to review all my knowledge while I suffered mightily at his hands. I presume this means I'm a good teacher.

After class Teacher pulled me aside and pointed out that my right crescent kick is out whack. He had me do the left leg first and it was awesome - enough so that one of the news guys said, "whoa." The right just won't make a nice circle. It's as if I'm fighting my own legs and hips. Something to work on.


Mathieu said...


Try :

Two kicks right. One left.

It stimulates the brain in some good way I don't remember. Your brain struggles to understand on the weak side but doing it right on the other side helps you remember what it was like and tranfers to the weak side.

I have no idea of the name of that process. But it works.


Potatoe Fist said...

I'll give that a try. So far my morning attempts aren't working out well because I'm not warmed up enough. I'll try tonight.

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