All Natural Percussive Temporary Tattoos
At my old school bruising was regular and sometime spectacular, but it was also a badge of pride. Now that I look back I sure we looked like a bunch of heroin addicts unable to find veins in our arms anymore. A side effect of this was that over time I bruised less and less and impacts hurt less and less.
In my current school the impacts are way less because we are so focused on form, but on occasion we'll have a blocking drill that will remind me of the good old days. However, I notice that the sensitivity that I worked so hard to drive away appears to be eeking it's way back.
Last night, I acted as Uke to Reed while he demonstrated a piece of the bunkai from Nifanshi Shodan (Now I realize it's also called Tekki Shodan). I grabbed his wrist and he would drive my hand down to break the grasp and then while he brought it up he would slam a hammer fist down on top of the forearm to completely break the grip.
Let's just say that the first time I was pretty sure he used all of his strength to escape the grab. I'm not sure what my face did, but I was trying to be contained as possible. I was truly shocked that I could feel that shot as much as I did and wondered about the bruises if it hurt that much. And then he did four more times.
Of course this morning there was no bruise and no soreness at all. Sigh. For all the lumps I would have like to shown something at work. More than likely my co-workers would have assumed I'd fallen down.
Class was mostly dedicated to learning more of the Nifanshi, but after class was back to the Kyoku Roku Dan. I'm trying to make every piece count, but I feel like I'm slowing Mark down. He's ahead in the kata and I'm struggling with a lot of nuances. This was reflected this morning while I practiced the next steps at super slow speed. Not because I was being cool, but because I couldn't remember the pieces. Sigh.