The Thorn City is currently in the grips of another early heat wave. That means going to class is an absolute relief. My house doesn't have air conditioning and usually our space is a little cool for my comfort, but after the short drive I was absolutely swimming in delight at the cool breeze blowing through the studio.
After bow-in the students who Celebrated(?) last week received their belts, badges and diplomas. During the course of the class each student was taken to the side and they would discuss the results of the testing. I'd love to hear what was said because Reed and MaryAnn have a very sensitive approach to how they talk to the kids.
While that was going on I warmed up the class for some time. This wasn't really required because most of us were already sweating quite a bit, but it was fun to try to remember the hansu stuff. After that I lead basic kicks and punches up and down the floor. I'm just not that imaginative.
We moved to different katas depending on belt level. I started working on Rohai Shodan with Ed, but was told to work on Kyoku Shodan with the new browns. I already knew that one, but I was happy to clean up my bad form. When I turned around at one point Ed had disappeared. I hope he wasn't pissed for some reason.
After we finished up it was time to head over to Dan's dojo garage. Let me emphasize that I'm very happy to work out extra and learn a little bit more, but this is his actual garage and it is not air conditioned. Reed and I got there a little early and, to our dismay, there wasn't a fan in site.
I got a little further on Kyoku Roku Dan, but Reed and Dan dialed it back trying to get me to focus on little details before we advanced. I was fine with that as he added two more bunkai to what we learned so my brain was getting filled.
While doing grabs and wrist locks on Mark the heat and our perspiration created a fairly frictionless environment. So a grab would slide around easily making it difficult to seal the deal. I possibly made it worst by switching to a t-shirt, thinking that a gi would be too hot. By the end of 45 minutes I had to quit in fear that I'd pass out. No one else seemed as effected so I'll chalk it up to having poor heat management.