And So It Begins
Despite still being a bit wiped out from the weekend I was anxious to get to class to see what was next! MaryAnn had planted a bug in my ear about the day after you get your sho dan (first degree). You get to do something else!
It hadn't dawned upon me that I was actually going to get to practice something else for once. I've been working on Kyoku Roku Dan and Nifanshi Sho Dan for so a whole year so getting to look at something else was absolutely novel.
Regular class is taking on a new vigor. A majority of the students are young folks from the ages of 6 to 13. I think we have eight children most of the time now with new ones appearing all the time. Last night we got a new kid and I was assigned to him after warmups to work on the basics. Normally, I don't care for this kind of thing because kids have even less attention span than I do, but he did great. Probably a half hour of straight work and he got better and better as time went on. I was very impressed.
My guess is that this is going to be the nature of things for some time. Work on getting the kids up to their next belt and then work on our own stuff in the background. It doesn't feel fair since we pay the same amount, but the focus of the school to maintain the current students is very important if we want to ever expand again.
To that end I hope to start working on a rudimentary website for the class/school. Reed Sensei's wife is open to the idea and working on a possible e-commerce idea so folks can pay through the site! Talk about forward thinking. I was just hoping to have something folks could find if they were searching online.
After class was pretty exciting in that I got to learn a new kata. Haku Cho is the first of the bird style forms I have to learn for my second degree blackbelt. The next part of my life is two years of White Crane kata in order to get there. I'm a big bird!
Hopefully I'll be able to squeeze in a Kama (little scythes) as well.