Roughly five months to go before the confirmation exam and Reed Sensei says that Mark and I are on track!
This is a big deal because after voicing some small frustrations about progress he pointed out that we only need to learn the other side of the Kyoku application and some elbow techniques.
Many of the moves we employ in the application follow the rules of traditional karate. The most common of these is that you block over your leading leg. For most of the first year of training this rule is pretty much universal, but somewhere along the way the teachers start saying there are exceptions to the rule. I assume this is the case because reality has a way of messing up what we do in practice.
So last night we were performing a complex arrangement of arm-bars and double blocks and it was pointed out that we'd get confused because one of the blocks was not over the lead leg. So the rule was explained to us as; "always block over the lead leg, but there is always an exception to the rule. The second piece is that the next move should remediate the fact that your hands are in the incorrect position."
And sure enough the next move in the sequence corrects the hand placement. That was a long time learning, but when we are moving it looks fantastic. The whole application is quite action packed and requires a lot of energy. So by the end of the second class I'm fairly tired. It was a pleasure to hit the sack last night because I was so wiped. I can't imagine getting used to this level of work combined with the falls and throws, but it does come with a immense sense of accomplishment.
- 1 x Koyoku Roku Dan
- 1 x Nifanshi Sho Dan
- 10 Bunkai for KRD
- 3 x NSD Oyo
- 1ish of KRD application.
- 1 hour of application with refinement. Maybe 10 times?