Last night was a mix of self-defense and Bunkai from Matsu Kaze. The took the whole class to get through one series of punch-kick combos, but it went quickly and was quite fun. In the end we were told about a Kata only tournament next weekend. Unfortunately, it's when I have another slew of guests coming through, so that's right out. Sigh. Something close is hard to miss.
Somehow I managed to cut some part of my big toe, but I didn't realize it until I got to after class. It didn't really hurt until this morning. I hate foot accidents because how much it effects everything. Just walking becomes awkward.
In after class I finished the third bird kata; Hakusuru No Onna. This felt like a big accomplishment since this is the third Kata towards my 2nd degree belt. Although it's not particularly complicated or overly long I have enough trouble now getting through it and looking smooth. Daniel says that it comes in time, but I need to focus on looking more "birdy".
Most of the kata I have done has been very "powerful". The moves are jumping, blocks, kicks, and punches. Now I'm moving to flowing, smooth actions that have little force. Rewriting the syllabus as it were.
This morning I was practicing it over and over again with a Band-Aid on my foot in hopes that it becomes smoother.
Here's the progress so far:
- Haku Cho
- Haku Cho Dai
- Haku Tsuru No Onna
- Haku Tsuru No Ottoko
- Kaku Fa
- Haku Tsuru
- Rohai Shodan
- Ni Pai Po
- Kuryo Ni Pai Po