I hurriedly grabbed some time with the internets before class and spotted a move we hadn’t done in ages – the simultaneous block and strike. I’d actually learned this when I took Wing Chun in High School ages ago and was surprised when it came up in class since TSD seems so static with punch, block, kick, block.
Anyway, it appeared to be well received and actually kind of challenging for our newer members. I gather even after a few months of punch then block changing the pattern is very difficult. Thankfully teaching it made it fairly easy, but Teacher had me constantly slow the pace so everyone could catch up. Another lesson in teaching. Do a lot of rote work so people can get comfortable. I’m teaching to a lot of new folks. Ugh. I have a huge desire to skip to the practical demo and I need to slow way down.
The two sisters were tested during the last hour and did pretty good so we have two new Greens. Tonight one will have to redo her hyung/kata due to a couple of missteps. I think they’ll be doing some sparring as well since we ran out of time. Being the Sempai means I’m going to have to take some lumps from their poor power control. Sigh.
I’ve restarted my self education and have started relearning Neihanchi Cho Dan. Anything Teacher learned in the past beyond his 1st Dan has long since been forgotten and he doesn’t appear interested in learning so I’m taking the initiative to learn it. It doesn’t feel beyond my current level of education, but because of the repetitive hook punches I can easily get confused. I’m beyond half way and just need to finish up in the next week before I go on vacation.
Tonight I ask to teach some more advanced kicks like the hook, spinning back and jumping front. Teacher hasn’t done anything like that in a long time, so I feel like I’m rummaging through the history closet.