Kicking drills. I'm not sure why I'm so excited by them, but in the course of talking about class to anyone that would listen to me blather on, I found that my new found enthusiasm seems to be based on the fact that I'm turning 55 in a few days and I'm not stressing about getting older for the first time in a long time. Why you ask? I'm mentally in a good space, I don't have any florid physical problems, and then there is the martial arts.
SDB is turning out to be just what I needed when I need it. Even though my growth in this style is modest, I'm able to see it. So, although I'm getting older I'm able get feedback that I'm getting better at something. And it's a physical thing! We're supposed be getting slower and smaller and all that. And I'm avoiding that for a little bit longer!
Today's positive feedback was actually after we did the kicking drills. I was asking about breaking and how frequently we practice that. Quick answer - not that often, but as I get closer to testing I'll practice with wood, but in the mean time it's pads.
Keith pulled out the the water dummy and explained the set up of the kick (jumping, turning back kick) a bit better. Jumping kicks are set up in a corner stance and offset from the target. So when I turn and duck down for the jump, I'm able to spot the target and the kick lands easily.
I was able to repeat this three times in a row at the appropriate height! He then set the dummy on a line and and wanted me to put force into the kick. If I can move it back two inches then that equates to two boards.
I smashed it and it moved back the requisite two inches! Whoop! I just have to keep that up! I was floating by the time I got home. Too much adrenaline.
Note - It would appear that if you concentrate on where you place your feet following the execution is as important as the kick itself. It turns you in the air better, etc.