I remember once reading that if you're in a street fight remember to clench your jaw. I think the rationale was that it's supposed to suppress a knock punch or broken teeth.
With this in mind I tried to clench my teeth when I was working with Cooper. We were doing bunkai for one of his katas which after a small exchange end up with a back fist to my jaw and then two follow up punches to the same spot.
The first time we did it with contact I got that famous jangle letting me know that I definitely didn't have my jaw tight or that possibly it didn't matter. Ouch.
At black belt class I thought we were going to learn a new Goju-Ryu kata, but for whatever reasons I got pointed back to learning the second of our Kyoku katas. I'm learning those to get ready to be a testing partner for Cooper when he goes for his Black belt exam. I've got three more to go. The tough part is that each one has more and more bunkai connected to it. Trying to remember that is difficult. I gather the fifth one has 8 bunkai!
The Nidan isn't much harder than the first pattern wise, but what I did find challenging is that there is a lot of stuff going on. There's even a new stance, kiden dachi. It looks like a painful ballet move for me. Ouch.
That and shoveling tons of mulch had me sleep a nice sleep! And now to practice.
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