Kick, Block, Twitch
Our small town has a festival for Memorial Day and it gets pretty geared up for a special function. Unfortunately, it means that parking downtown is totally unavailable during the four days that it’s going on. So Teacher has been cancelling class for several years around that weekend. On top of that our weather has finally turned nice and that means that class was doubly empty of bodies last night.
After warm-ups we went right to blocking, then blocking kicks. Teacher let us beat our selves into a pulp for a half hour or so. I’m not sure what thing I’ve come to dislike over the years, but blocking a kick hard-style has to be one of the big ones. I got partnered with Trucker and the very first block felt like it snapped my ulna (or radius). We went over every kick for that half hour and never have I looked forward to a break more. I’d gotten to the point where I was blocking minutely lower or higher just to avoid the golf balls that were rapidly growing on my forearms.
As we found out later, Teacher was purposely making us dread that nastiness to get us ready for the next part of class.
Twitching – or the art of knowing what’s coming.
Teacher had us pair off and work on “guess the kick.” Basically the two folks stand face to face and one of them initiates a kick and the other has to guess what it’s going to be based on shoulders, hips, etc. After a bit we were able to pick everything up pretty well. This meant we could take a bit longer to execute a block, have more planning for follow up.
We then paired up for some practice. Me and Trucker got into position with our new skills and went after it. Surprisingly we were able to block kick initiation, move in faster, and generally be more assertive into an attack than before. A great lesson.
Blessed Synchrony – Trucker and I had a moment of blessed synchrony. It was that moment in sparring that every shot was blocked and everything was lined up perfectly. I don’t even think he knew he was doing it, but he was stoked when we stopped. A beautiful moment.
Feeling awesome – I’m normally shy about stupid stuff like showing off my body. The last time I took pictures of myself after class I felt great, but saw an icky fat man in the mirror. Last night was a nice surprise – I actually look like I’m in shape for once. And I normally smile, but I was concentrating on getting a shot in focus. This was the only one.