Wednesday Means Fight Night
Somewhere in the middle of last year Reed Sensei said that we'll be doing quarterly assignments to come into line with the main school. Part of this is adjusting our schedule so we are more systematic with our lessons. So Monday is Kata/basics and Wednesday is bunkai/sparring.
This schedule allows us know what's coming up. In the past sparring was a bit of a surprise, but not that it was bad, but it was infrequent. For whatever reason we haven't had sparring in a while. The focus has been bunkai for the last couple of months so needless to say most of us were out of practice.
The Black Belt class mostly focused on Bunkai from our various testing cycles. Of course the guy studying for his forth degree had the most interesting stuff. The few of us working on bird katas have fairly make sense kinds of things. Daniel sensei's stuff contains great throws and arm bars. We worked on Ka Ku Fa which is three birdy hand strikes and a eye smack. It can be done very fast which is cool.
Regular class was mostly preparation exercises for sparring. Lots of leg work and then rapid punching drills. Daniel Sensei wanted to work on training fast twitch muscles, but the exercise was pretty grueling so by the time I got to punch in sparring everything was really slow.
We only got four five point matches due to the length of the exercises. Mark and me sparred poorly so our match went on forever. Definitely not our best work.
I'm strangely sore today and wished I had some ibuprofen to ease my back muscles.