Wow, sixty classes! It's nice to see progress, even if it's just measured in numbers.
During warmup Reed Sensei told us he was going to a regional competition. He didn't feel good about his kata, but he's going to be doing the kumite for senior, black belt division. I'd love to have seen that. For a big man he moves very smoothly and is incredibly thoughtful and deliberate with his actions.
When he told us this I had an inkling that we'd be having a fight night and I was right! After warm ups he took us through a sequence of punching, kicking, and distance work.
He introduced me to concepts that I was aware of and practiced often enough, but did have a name for. The first of the these is the blitz. Basically, going straight at your opponent (maybe eating a punch). The second was the Stuff(ing). When someone blitzes you the response is a front snap kick.
There were other bits and pieces I'd wish I'd known in competition. Basically, the judges aren't going always going to get it right. So you can do a few things to help them out with their decisions.
- If you punched then you better have that hand back in chamber/retraction when action is stopped. This signifies a good hit.
- Your poker face better on game. Good hit, bad hit, when action is stopped you face better be still. No acknowledging or eye rolling on bad calls.
A weird thing in class is that we all train to punch with the right. There is literally no attempt to work on the left. I have to ask Reed. I assume it's because of lack of time.
- vs Kyle - Tater wins 3 to 2. What the hell? The kid was getting all the flags. So I had to make it clear I was winning the exchanges.
- vs Mark - 3 to 1. Poor Mark doesn't have an aggressive bone in his body.
- vs Sensei - 1 to 3. I would say my pride was a little hurt, but I was literally the only person to get a point on him. Sheesh.