Teacher asked me to take the kids class tonight and I thought it might be nice, but the timing was off. Work has accelerated and I've got visiting specialists in town commanding a lot of my time. It was actually a great time to get away from work out just to clear my mind.
I honestly wish I was a better writer just so I could relay the Heironymous Bosch-esque nature of the class. Teacher has a very serious clamp on behavior and totally okay with getting kids to do push ups and sit ups as punishments for speaking or acting out of turn. What I mean to say is that I don't think I'm up to his approach and it showed.
I'm not sure what I thought was going to happen, but I didn't get a feeling for the level of oddness that emerged fairly quickly in the class. First off, I presumed that class would be small. Wrong. Tonight we are having a blizzard and no one is driving. I even questioned this myself as I drove slowly to our down town. If anything, the class should have been small. Out of 20 I get about 17. Unbelievable.
Although they didn't really catch my attention at first, two of the students really started decompensating as the hour went on. The first, a little girl who could star in commercials she was so cute, began to talk and would never cease. So I would stop her for a few moments and she would pick right up. Not terrible, but a bit exasperating. The boy next to start belching like a fraternity guy at a kegger. I couldn't believe it. He followed this by staggering bouts of foul gas that made moving around him a challenge. After asking to go to the bathroom - thank god! - he came back completely out of sync with class. He started grabbing his face and pulling his eyes down so only the whites would and begin moaning. "I'm a ghoooosssttttt," he would groan.
This was during a whole class of movement with people that had no idea how to hold a line either. So Cherub, who was nice enough to help out, and I would try to straighten folks out suppress outbursts and class moving. No surprise the hour flew by. We even went over, but I was starting to suspect that the parents were getting a little antsy due to the weather.
Cherub and I stayed and working on in-fighting, side roll-outs and then tomonagi (belt throw). After a couple of bad landings on my part I was glad to let that go for the evening.
I'm out of the country for the next couple of weeks, so unless something strikes my fancy - I'm out!
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