For the second class in a row I haven't had my partner Mark to work with. Although it's not a drastic thing at the moment, the fact that he was ahead of me was helpful because he could help me work through some stuff. As of last night I'm slightly ahead in the kata and, I think, have refined enough that I'm looking at least as good has him on what we commonly know.
I was partnered with Dan Sensei last night in after practice to work on refining the kata till I was blue in the face. Paired with the fact that I'm not feeling rushed we slowed down the speed and worked on each piece till I started getting it right. This morning I was able to do it fairly well I thought. Only a few slow spots that agonize me while I try to remember what's next.
Regular class was spent with a brief warm up and then kicking drills. I love these because if we keep regular with them I feel healthy and balanced. Infrequently practicing them makes me feel out of shape and shaky. After that I practiced Kyoku 6 four times and got a small addition of moves. At the after class I was able to get a little bit more.
The new moves, which I will call the pizza man and the water cup, turned out to be simple in comparison to the constant use of wrist strikes and hand rotation. Those have been befuddling me for the last three weeks whereas the pizza man took one minute to learn. The water cup turned out to be an easy one for me. In my old school we had an exercise where you had a half full cup of water. You had to rotate it under your arm pit and over your head without spilling it. This turned out to be the same move. Hilarious! I never thought that would turn out to be helpful. You just have to wait 6 years and poof!