Teacher Is Back!
I was leading the warm-ups as usual and had just got to the sit-ups and felt that tell-tale pull in my neck. Figures – nothing like giving myself a tweaked neck before class has even started. Duh!
Teacher had called me during the day and sounded horrible. He’d picked up the flu or a bad cold during his travels and it was beating him up. He asked me to run the first hour while he slept and then he’d come on down.
He showed up while I was introducing distancing with the side kick. Most of the time distance is closed in the side kick via a step behind towards the Uke. In times of stress, like sparring, that step behind might not occur and it’s replacement is a shuffle. So the rear foot replaces the front foot in position. The trick is keeping your balance so you can still deliver a decent kick. Easier said than done.
We spent the rest of the evening working on locks and throws. The nice thing about having him back is that I can insert myself into the fun more, but I still had to instruct more often than not. It’s tough trying to tell someone what they are doing wrong when your upside down.