Kids 2 / Lessons Learned
I literally have too much too write about. I learned so much in one evening that I think it would take several hours to get it all down.
Last night was my 2nd evening with the kids class and it went fairly well. Teacher made an effort to remove himself from the class frequently so see how I’d handle the normal escalation of energy the kids normally exhibit. It seemed to go pretty good! I would take a second to stop someone off task or just get back to exercises – it wasn’t exhausting and I never lost patience and the hour went by very fast.
Adult class was extremely small. Just the wonder twins and Little Sister. The first hour was mostly discussion and a small amount of practical work. Teacher was introducing “verbal karate” which is always a neat approach. He applies physical technique to verbal and tries to guide us to a place where we never get into a fight; or, at least, tries to keep us farther away.
Normally I find that a bit too long to listen to, but it was pretty interesting and his pacing was right on.
Second hour was only sparring! We definitely haven’t done this in a while, but it was brutal fun. We all got to spar with each person in class – which is a rarity, but a blast. As usual I took a lot of very solid shots and gave a few (by mistake) as well. My best shot was an inside crescent on Little Sister. She has actually gotten so good that she analyzed my technique and started to take advantage of it! She would get close and just beat the crap out of me. However, the crescent always throws a false message to the other guy and she walked right into it. Bang. Later on I did a spinning back kick and did the spin in with a hook punch right to my kidney. Beautiful timing, but I think I’m pissing blood today.
Afterwards I met with Teacher for a beer and discussion. He complimented my progress and we reviewed everyone’s progress. The twins will get tested in the next couple of weeks.