February 15

Tonight was the last kids for free class for the session. Looks like we rolled about 7-9 kids into the regular program. That will really help the numbers. Kids seemed to really have fun tonight.

Adult class was just brown belts doing test prep. Worked on the basic 15 kata. Then we spent the last part of the class working on 2 person self defense drills.

February 8

Tonight’s class was more thoughtful. Sensei Walker had us looking closely at why we do what we do in kata. Not for right or wrong. And not to change it necessarily for those testing in April.

He had us doing “attack” sequences (all the moves in one direction before pausing) for Fukyugata ichi and san, a few of the pinans and naihanchis. While we all did the same thing, we found in a couple of cases we “violated” the attack sequence because that was the way we’ve been practicing. Not that the violation was necessarily wrong but that if we’re going to deviate we should do it purposefully and with reason.

He also talked to us about training with conviction. We’re all nervous. We all want to pass but lack the confidence to think, even to ourselves, I WILL pass this. He encouraged us to train with that conviction. “All” we need to do is elevate our game a little; demonstrate what we can go beyond.