I remember this scene in the movie, Constantine, in which Keanu presses his forearms together and the audience gets to see a nifty tattoo of a star from two merged designs.
I have this now, but completely composed of bruises. Not like this hasn’t happened before, but I’m really having a hard time placing my forearms on anything. So typing is a challenge because I have to do it correctly – with no contact. At least I’m foiling carpal tunnel.
I went a little early again in hopes that my presence might be a motivating force to move my class teaching observations up in the priority list. Instead I got teach the kids round house kicks and run around with a focus mitt. Honestly it was a good warm up for me.
Teacher’s notes: “I think you’re still being a little too nice to them.”
During the adult class I covered the basic one-step sparring that is inherent in TSD and demoed the standard – left middle block, punch, punch, side kick. In my mind this is the easiest exercise ever, but as usual Teacher was correct, in that I had a lot of blank looks and struggling to keep up. Man, teaching is totally a patience exercise. Breaking things down is the real art.
One of the exercises we worked on was the double knife hand block. I was partnered with Dave and he wasn’t holding back on the striking portion. I couldn’t seem to get my act together and just like magic Teacher appears to point out what I already know. Thankfully he was pushing me to kick higher. I really enjoyed the look of surprise on Dave’s face as I kicked to his chin while close up.
Teacher called me today to confirm observation days! Next Thursday and the Tuesday after that. Moving on up!