In some attempt to provide fresh and interesting grist for the class mill, I dug back in my memory to find something that might grab the classes attention. After reviewing even more videos on one-step sparring I got a memory jog! For a very limited time in the very distant past we were taught the X-block. Basically making a scissors with your arms to stop an overhead strike or front snap kick.
We haven’t practiced this block in years and it didn’t dawn upon me as to why until I was teaching the evolution. I went from high blocks and low blocks to x blocks. Here’s what I found was bad. You block your line of sight, both hands are occupied and unless you are following up with a technique to take the wrist or heel it doesn’t leave you in a good spot to riposte.
I’m definitely learning the critical lesson in teaching – deeper understanding of technique by teaching and demonstrating.
I reviewed the lesson with Teacher and Beard after class, feeling that it went poorly. Beard said that he really enjoys my lessons just because they are different than Teacher’s – not better or worse. In my mind I thought I spent the whole time telling everyone what was wrong about the technique and why they shouldn’t do it.