Monday night’s karate class was a carbon copy of the previous week. Just tournament prep. Lots of sparring and kata.
Tuesday night’s class started out with some basic self defense for the ladies concerning how to deal with an attacker that is on top of you and choking you.
After that, I just wasn’t feeling it; so I asked the students what they wanted to do. It was unanimously sparring. So everyone padded up, and we spend the next hour sparring. We got a little out of hand, and I received a pretty wicked knee to my shin (you may have seen the pictures). 4 days later, and it’s still significantly swollen, and my leg is a really funky color somewhere between blue and purple. It’s ok, though, because I got the person back with a little technique commonly referred to as, “monkey grabbing peaches.” I’m happy to report that the technique works far better than expected.
Next, we spent the following 45 minutes working on kata. We ran through the basic 8 kyu level kata, then worked on tournament kata.
We rounded out the class with the last 15 minutes being some light bo partner drills.
Thursday nights beginner class I split evenly between two of our instructor trainees; first one doing basics and the second doing kata. We let the kids have a little fun by running relay races periodically.
The intermediate class was a fun-filled journey down crazy made up techniques straight out of James Hartman’s playbook. Started with two techniques and kept adding techniques until it culminated in the following abomination: lunge punch, spinning back kick, land in elbow strike, back fist strike, reverse punch, spinning back kick, land in elbow strike, back fist strike, reverse punch, spinning back kick, land in a spinning back fist, stepping forward into lunge punch.
After that monstrosity, we moved onto good old round kick, jump spinning round kick. We did it up and down the floor many times until it appeared people were starting to get the hang of it. Then we repeated it against kicking shields for the rest of the class.
Advanced class was nothing but kata. We started at Fukyugata ichi, ni, and san, then worked through all five Pinan kata, all three Naihanchi kata, and finished up with Ananku and Gojushiho.