App Happy!

It was a momentous night.  And definitely one where there was a karmic balance in place.  During the first hour post warm up I was given the four girls. 10, 8, 7 and 6.  Woe is me. The ten year old, is an excellent artist, but vexes me because she is bored of the routine work and easily gets frustrated with her younger cohort.  The others are a challenge because you can only get them to focus on the smallest changes at any given time.  

I got them to work on a practice celebration.  For them it's three sets of blocking (downward, cross; downward, cross, kick; downward, cross, kick, punch) and then drills that move up and down the floor.  Then it was on to three kata.  This was followed by the application.  The application uses the bunkai in a two person series.  The girls actually do this reasonably well considering their age and relative sophistication.  After that we reviewed the wrist locks; opposite side grab and same side grab.  Pretty substantial based on the fact that these gals are very young.

After class I got to Daniel Sensei's place early and wanted to stretch out a bit so when he showed up I was ready to go.  He surprised me by wanted to start the application of Roku Dan.  Unfortunately, this was reaching really far back in his memory so we were only able to get the first couple of sequences before the rest of the folks showed up.  With Reed Sensei we were able to get about eight pieces together before I had to go.  It was just a massive moment for me and Mark.  Although we still have a lot to go, the fact that we were able to work on this was just a fantastic mile stone.  

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I was going to turn in my Black Belt paper and test fees this week, but we have a holiday Monday and then I'm off on vacation for the rest of the month.  I guess it'll have to wait till October.  Crap, I'm not going to remember anything!  Very frustrating indeed.

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