I normally like to start my posts with a humorous anecdote about some aspect of class, but I’m so sleepy I don’t have it in me. I’m on day four of heavily interrupted sleep. Long story short – life with geriatric, stroke-addled cats is brutal.
I haven’t been posting much lately because I either keep forgetting what we did the night before or I can’t think of pithy things to write about. However, last night had a brief change in the regular goings on. One of the Wonder Twins asked about jumping kicks which progressed from the crescent kicks we were practicing to a whole room of uncoordinated jumping, twisting and groaning.
I usually leave this kind of analysis to Colin or Mark, but trying to sort out the body dynamics for this kick was dizzying. The kick is a jumping outside crescent, by that I mean that the right foot (in this case) comes in from the right and the striking surface is the bottom/arch of the foot. With the jump added we pump the left knee into the air to launch before we perform the kick. We could all do that via a huge twist in the torso (leaving my back incredibly sore this morning). Teacher added a level of complexity to this – coming down from the landing with spinning back fist. To do this the left leg had to not only pump into the air but also in the direction you needed you body to move (in this case up and to the left). This was to mitigate the need to twist the torso in mid air. We were horrible. It was the proverbial bunch of monkeys humping a football. Something to practice obviously since we never practice jumping kicks, even though they are part of the TSD curriculum. Teacher is very uncomfortable teaching the techniques because they leave the floor and source of power.
The rest of the night was practicing wrist-twist, four corners throw and various locks and basic throws. Lots of fun now that I can teach a bit better and have the Wonder Twins to utilize as ukes.
At the end of class we have one student stand while the rest us get in line and present as the uke. The student practices what they learned that evening. I saw the frustration in everyone’s faces and even I would lock up when folks would offer a left hand.
Teacher had everyone sit down and had me demonstrate Neihanshi Cho Dan before bow out. Not sure why, but it was a nice treat to show everyone what I was working on.