Because so many of the kids are fairly new, sparring and prep for sparring took most of the class. Jabs leading to a cross was a nightmare. Reed has endless patience and knows not to get wrapped around trying to fix everything. That being said, the repetition that he provides is awesome because within a few weeks I've seen the kids pick up all the basics. Foot work seems to be the biggest challenge. Telling someone and showing someone doesn't always sync for the kids. In time they finally pick it up as they realize they have finer control over their limbs.
Eventually we got around to the sparring portion of the evening. As part of that Reed and I did a demo of bowing and point system. However, on the first start two of our judges immediately started sparring. We had to start that all over, by explaining the judging. So I had Reed punch me and I asked them, "which one get the point?" They all had a different answer. Needless to say, I almost beat Reed for once. However he doesn't know how to move to half speed so the kids couldn't tell what was going on. For my troubles and bad technique I ended up spraining my thumb a bit. Thankfully, it's on my left hand so I can type, but I'm a bit concerned that the swelling hasn't gone down.
In the after class I just worked on my bird katas and did some refining. I hadn't practiced but once or twice since the last class and it showed. Lots of hiccups, but by the end of the hour I was able to get through Ka Ku Fa fairly well. This morning I was able to get through Onna pretty good as a result.