Random Fight Night
On Monday Reed let us know that we'd be sparring on Wednesday. I'd rather he surprise us on the day of the because I get anxious. I'm not sure why I get so anxious, because I tend to enjoy the experience after the fact.
We started the class working on the second Kyoku. The Kyoku kata are specifically Shudokan in nature. Due to my weird entry into the confirmation period I only know the first and now the eighth, so Reed asked Mark and Sarah to get me to work on the second. Thankfully the work we've been doing on the ultra complicated ones makes the second kata feel relatively easy, but I'm sure I couldn't do it any justice one day later.
After that we set up for sparring. This presented a challenge. We had four adults and six children. None of us (except for Reed) has any real experience judging. My few runs at tournament didn't require me to participate in the judging side of things. Although it shouldn't be tough, the basics, or the lack there of, turned much of our work into a slapstick performance. The head judge should be bowed to after each awarding of a point. This turned into bowing to the other opponent and then back to the judge and so forth. And then at any given time Mark, who has trouble hearing, would just start as if the Judge called Hajime. Of course at any given time two corner judges would be children under 10. Their take on the proceedings could widely vary depending on their attention span.
I was able to shut Mark out at 3-0, but I did get 2-3 with Reed. This is phenomenal because I rarely score on him unless he makes an error. This gives you an idea on the judging.
After class was dedicated to working on Anan. We rotated working with one another and really focused on a lot of finesse things, but I was itching to work on Roku dan. However Reed has it in his mind that we need to work on Anan as a group. As he says, "learning kata is a group activity".