Just another episode of "practice, practice, practice". It's been tough to get motivated to do my daily practice (the entire test with shadow bunkai), but I'm trying to do a little each day so I don't forget stuff. Mostly I'm working on two basic stances, cat and long split (Nekoashi Dachi and Zenkutsu Dachi respectively).
Sensei had told me to video myself as much as possible and it's provided to be a cruel mistress. Even when I think I'm doing better in practice, review doesn't pull any punches. I've been doing this for three weeks or so and really trying to do a few things better. That would include depth of stance and balance. Two things that are so simple yet equate to the backbone of what everyone is going to see and judge me on.
As I suppose all men must do, the farther I squat down the more I have a tendency to lean forward. I've been forcing my back straight for awhile, but it means that I have to struggle with my balance in a new position which is also trying to be very low. It also means that I have to practice this in every position in my katas. Ouch.
Last night we had a very small class, just three of us. So Sensei had Mark watch him and I do Haku Cho and Haku Cho Dai. He wanted any remarks so I was prepared to take the regular onslaught of commentary following me do a kata.
These comments aren't verbatim of course, but here's the gist:
- Tater had lower stances
- Tater had better hands
I told Sensei I'd give him a 20 later for making me look so good.
Of course it wasn't particularly fair since it's all that I work on, but it was a nice feeling after being made to look shabby by doing the same things next to Olivia for the last year and some.