A big part of my life is wrapped up around people visiting during the summer months. Our home in the Rose city is pretty big so having visitors has become a fairly regular. This summer we have exactly no weekends free. Our current visitors are my cousin and her family from PA and that's been pretty great. I don't have a sister and she's pretty much the closest thing I've got in that case and I also get along pretty well with her husband.
While they get out and tour around I try to see what my schedule looks like and what I can fit in. Thankfully I was able to go to the first hour of karate last night. I thought we were going to be doing a false celebration to get the students ready, and I was partially correct. I was given to the brown belts and told to run through their test. We had forty-five minutes and I didn't think that was going to work. The Black-belt exam is pretty extensive and usually takes an hour at the very least.
However, I was given some unique instruction. Don't chit chat, and keep the flow. Don't stop to critique. With that we flew through a lot of the material, but they suffered in a few spots. Their kata was fine, but remembering the sheer volume of bunkai bogged them down in a few spots. When they didn't know something I had to move them to the next component. I'd say they knew ninety percent of the material, but I got them through the whole test in forty-five minutes.
My wife asked later if they would have passed. "Oh hell no," I replied. They've got four months or so to be ready.
Class ranks have swelled and remained fairly consistent. We've usually got ten children regularly and now have a returning black-belt, Anthony, so the class can be up to 18 members at times.
Maybe Wednesday I'll get a little more time to work out since the family will be out on tour. I think my wife already has plans for labor tonight.