I do go on about the basics, but learning a whole new style certainly has a way of dictating what you need to focus on.
My work life and social obligations have been complex enough that I've only been able to get to class once a week. I'm always in fear that I'm missing and falling behind, but Reed pointed out that we are way ahead of the schedule because we on a three year program. Being three kata in means that we are "ahead".
This means that we work on the basics. That means it's doing muashauke's and sanchin dachi's until we're blue in the face. So that's what we'll do and then on the side I keep learning the Shodan kata for a upcoming brownbelt so I can be his partner. So life feels pretty full.
Of note - part of sanchin is that you a proper stance so that you are strong in certain ways. To check this another person hits you in certain ways to confirm that. One of these is a kick to the groin. Although your knees aren't touching you should be able block enough to stop the shin to get to the groin.
While we were practicing we tried to do the "tests" while we were in our best stances. One of those tests is that kick. However the kick is done with the shin, not the foot. As the shin comes up between the legs the lead knee jams it up and the other thigh traps it.
Unfortunately Olivia used her foot and went up without friction into my crotch. Ouch. Thankfully she didn't put any gas into the kick. Lesson learned.
Side news! My old buddy Bob Patterson is alive and possibly kicking. He actually moved to my part of the US. Who knows - we might get to meet in real life!
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