Whoops! Missed a post. I like doing the post fight review from our Thursday classes, but we had so many matches that I couldn’t even begin to tell you anything about what happened beyond a few humorous bumps and dings. Most notably, in a very slow match with Beard, I couldn’t keep my hands up and would regularly run into his fist with my face.
In retrospect I’m really impressed with the amount of enthusiasm and energy that’s created by the sparring classes. A flurry of phone calls, texts and email comes blasting my way the day after class. Everyone wants to analyze so they can be ready for the next class. Oddly enough they are all getting better whereas I’m technically proficient, but horribly slow. My spinning back kick or hook kick is so slow that they can eat a sandwich as I make my lazy way around. All I ever do is end up eating another foot or catching a shot to the crotch.
Last night’s class was focused around handwork so I could get folks to use that more in sparring. The footwork we have going on is almost silly. There is a throwing of feet and hands for no reason in most of the exchanges, so I want folks to work on technique. Slow coming.
I couldn’t put together a coherent plan for class in my head so I had something called the technique waterfall. It means that I’ll pick one technique and I’ll migrate one to whatever is closest it to and keep going from there. It’s surprisingly fun for me, but it creates a technique flood for the class. Those poor bastards have to remember a few things from all the stuff I throw at them. Not particularly helpful.
Highlight – The Twins and Robot showed up at half time while we were reviewing some of the jumping kicks from Tuesday. I ended up reviewing the jumping side kick and put everyone in a line (12 of us!) and seeing who went the farthest. A fun competition for anyone teaching.
I spent a moment on jumping reverse hook kick and gave it up for the youngest and most advanced folks. We chose the crescent to jumping crescent instead. It’s a lot of fun.
Personally, I’m working on Sip Soo and have it down nicely and I’m just starting to look at Jin Do. So much to carry around in my noggin.
I think tomorrow it’ll be a small amount of mat work on a small throw and some tomonage before fights.