Warmups: 500 punches to the heavy bag and
moving (stepping) secondaries
Two each of four kata, Application and Formal
Secrets in Seichin (overlook the Pot of
Gold of Seichin, anticipating Seisan) Seichin takes something
from every Uechi kata
After warmups, secondaries and kata, Leyn
critiqued my Kanchu and Seichin.
All adjustments were aimed at my footwork,
identifying where my "Platform" was weak and needed
Leyn's main point was making sure I was
in Sanchin when I moved (he called it launching) in any
direction. So, if I had to launch left or right or diagonal,
I didn't always have to step off; sometimes I could pivot,
sometimes I could drop step. But I should always launch
from a solid "Platform," Sanchin.
His main Kanchu correction was when I stepped
to the back from the left Wah-Uke to the double rising Hirakens,
I missed the down block because I was right stepping into
the double rising Hiraken, and not setting up my Sanchin
"Platform." The remedy was to come off the left
Wah-Uke, by left pivoting to the back and right sliding
into Sanchin. Then performing the downblock, from Sanchin,
then right stepping into the double rising Hirakens.
He made a couple of similar corrections
on my Seichin. Right off the top after the two opening Hirakens,
I was stepping off to a left diagonal to do a front kick
off my back foot. Leyn changed the stepping off with my
left front foot, to a pivot on my left and step off right
and turn into the diagonal. This put me in the proper launching
position for a front kick off the back foot. And kept me
from stepping diagonally, which is a weak launching position;
because I was stepping out of Sanchin.
The second correction was almost the same.
But it was a full ninety degree turn instead of the 45 degree
diagonal turn. It came when I was doing the first Seichin
Crane Stance Double Scoop block. I was facing front in a
left Sanchin, having just completed the double groin strike.
I then stepped off 90 degrees left with a leading left foot
and did my Crane Stance Double Scoop Block. Leyn's correction
was to pivot left on my left foot and bring my right foot
over into Sanchin. He said it's the launching position for
any technique, as I would have the "Platform"
necessary to carry out any technique.
I know some of you guys already do this,
I'm finally catching up.
Leyn answered all my questions including
what the hand positions mean at the end of kata. First he
said Kanei Uechi told him some things after I told him Jonathan
busted my protect and healthy description, calling it Zen
and saying that that's the answer most Senseis give when
they don't have an answer. The main thing Kanei told Leyn
was always be on alert, even when your hands and your general
position is in Closed Gate (closed), Stacked Shokens (neutral),
Palm Up/Palm Down (neutral), Palms Up (closed), Palms Down
(open). Be on alert until you bow out and divert you eyes
as a show of trust. He asked me to throw a right punch,
while he stood in the Palm Up/Palm Down stance. I threw
a right puch and he pushed blocked with the Palm Down hand
and slapped me with the Palm Up hand.