Thursday, March 29, 2012

Smorgasbord

Wow...it has been three weeks since I posted!  Once again, I am working too much.

 A few thoughts:

1.  Green Belt Students and Stances:   A 6th kyu green belt in our dojo has approximately 12-15 months of training. Expectations are elevated and weapons training begins. It is no coincidence that this also happens to be the same time frame where students decided to take a break or stop training.  We work on stances (directly and indirectly) in every karate class - drills, kata, explanation, details.   In kobudo, stances change based on the range of the weapon. The green belt students seem to be having a difficult time transitioning from the kobudo stance to the karate stance.

You can read an excellent article on kobudo stances written by IKKF President Hanshi Heilman here and here(Side note - A 13 year younger version of me is in a few of the illustration photos). 

2.  Women's Self-Defense/Awareness/Prevention Classes:  I taught a session last weekend.  It was a nice group.  The only problem - way too short.  Several women want additional training.  Personally, the hardest part about teaching these sessions is the brief length compared to the amount of information.  I hope the prevention/awareness portion of the class will prompt the participants to think further about their own personal prevention and awareness strategies. 

3. Kyu Rank Testing:  We had a scheduled kyu rank testing on March 15th.   The group did well. 

4.  Daughter Update:  My daughter has not missed a karate class.  I do not prompt or remind her to attend.  Karate is her decision.  I will help/guide when asked.

5. Lenten Challenge Update:  I am doing pretty good with the challenge.  There was one week I missed a few days but I am back on track.

6. Congratulations to Ariel and A Journey to Shodan on their recent promotions.

That's all for now....

4 comments:

The Strongest Karate said...

I've been training in Kyokushin Karate since 2009 and I'll be testing for my 6th kyu in a few weeks. And honestly, I wish it were a few weeks further out. I've got 2 kata that I am unhappy with and need more time to iron them out!


-Brett

Rick said...

Do your best! That's all you can do.

Stacy Strunk said...

re. Green Belts and stances: I'm starting to think that stances are something karate-ka struggle with throughout their training. I'm kinda a new shodan (I figure I can claim it's new for about a year). I practice my stances OBSESSIVELY. What do I hear during class? "No, Stacy, it's a zenkutsu - turn your rear food more."

Michele said...

Brett: Thanks again for the email. Glad to see you were able to post a comment. Best of luck on your 6th kyu test!

Rick: Agreed! :)

Stacy: Thanks for visiting and sharing your thoughts on stances. I still work on improving/refining my stances. After my knee surgery, I had to completely relearn the stances. It took months before stances felt right.