Teacher took an unexpected turn Thursday by starting a long speech about Karate/Tang Soo Do. I’m not sure what spurred that on, but it was nice to see everyone pay attention and try to absorb a bit of history on the art.
The second half of class included my lesson on crescent kicks. Thankfully I had talked to teacher for a bit before I started because my normal “get faster as I get stressed” technique appeared to be in check.
I started everyone off with some front kicks to warm up and then move to a quick speech on the inside crescent. I keep in same position while they got used to that and then had them move forward with the kick. Since then they seemed so comfortable we went to outside crescents and I could see right away that that was a more difficult skill to absorb. I ended up using a pad so they could see where to bring the power in that kick and noticed that several people, although low, could generate a lot of force without losing balance. Cool!
We ended the class with an advanced technique that required a mat. It led from our earlier exercises with elbow deflection and attack. Teacher has us working on moving into an attack quite a bit which is tough for us to learn, but oh so effective. This time we lead in with an elbow and go to a trip/throw. Very fun, but my back sure complained about it all night. I forgot the Ibuprofin.