I got to the black belt class early and so did Mia. So I asked her a few questions about the first in house only kata we have, Kyoku Shodan. After that she asked if I wanted to learn the second one. "Sure," I said, thinking that it was going to be as easy as the first one, but to my chagrin the pattern was confounded with additional hand techniques so it immediately turned into a blur. Later in the regular class we went over the 10 kihons (beginners kata) which added to the mess in my brain.
When everyone else showed up to the BB class Olivia and were taught the first iteration of Sanchin, the primary kata for Goju Ryu. This is the one where you'll usually see the guy with the top of his gi off while someone hits him to make sure that their stances are correct. And here I was doing it and grinning like and idiot while I was it!
Not me pictured
The guy in the video is doing variant B of the kata. Olivia and I were informed that the Goju schools don't really care what version you're doing, but you better have damn good basics when you buddy starts doing the smackins.
The problem with this kata being so slow is that keeping place for me becomes a challenge. It's not actually a long kata, any stretch of the imagination. Three steps forward, five punches at that point, four press downs and two muashiukes going back. Boom you're done. However due to the deep breathing and pace I can remember if I'm on the third or fifth move. Sigh. And on top of this, tomorrow we learn variant two which has the turn in it. It's the one I learned four plus years ago. Good luck brain!