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3-16-09 Leyn Burrows Karate


Traditional class, like Paul's - Sanchin, Seisan, Sanseiryu,
Epiphany: From basic Step, Block, Strike (individual movements)
To advanced Step, Block, Grab, Strike (one movement: Step and Block, Grab and Strike): Integrated,
Jonathan's deliberate kata practice,
Sieryu's Cat Stance secret: right after double block you grab and pull into the raised Cat Stance knee and then finish with a double Bushkin,
To learn something new at this level you have to let something go, give something up.

I'm sorry I'm so excited, I learn something everytime I come up here. I know it's because it's normally one on one or one on two. And it's not that I don't learn something when I'm taking class with you guys. But this stuff is life changing to me.

Leyn presented this Step, Block, Grab, and Strike process a few days ago. It was a good lesson plan, class theme, etc. But when he drilled it into me, I able to let go of my resistance and move on from the "I have to set myself in Sanchin before I strike" mind set. Because Leyn made it alright to let go by explaining and teaching that what I was holding onto was correct; but needed to be updated, advanced in order to become advanced.

Leyn used the before and after training method. He showed the Sanchin Step, stop, Crescent Block (on the draw back and chambering of the striking arm), stop, then the Sanchin Thrust (Strike). After which he demonstrated the Kanchu Step, Circle Block, Nukite; without and stops and he described it as the Sanchin step/block/stike integrated. The advanced Step, Block, Grab, (it's in there) and Strike. He demonstrated the Seisan Step, Block, Groin Strike as an integrated advanced technique; showing me that I'm always moving when I'm blocking and grabbing and even striking; and it's not wrong, as long as your platform is Sanchin.

He showed me three Uechi Sanchin Platforms, Straight Up, Leaning Elbow, and Horse Stance. I knew the three stances, but he called them all Sanchin stances.

I brought up our on going discussion about the speed of practicing our kata, and how we have differing opinion on how we should perform kata. Leyn had a lot to say about it. And summarizing won't do it justice. Let me just say that his reference to half hard half soft, and his discussion about how we decide to practice this concept is our choice. And hopefully we'll understand what each side brings to the practice. One other thing Leyn said about deliberate kata practice - the seniors (older upper ranks) do it more deliberately than younger karateka. But he also said that seniors pick and choose portions of the kata to speed up or slow down; making the kata an expression of themselves.

Oh yeah, one other thing - Mushin; Leyn said when you take your mind out of performing the kata, and just do the techniques and movements, you'll feel whether or not you've done them properly. He said the more you trust your techniques the more confidence you'll have applying them. And when you don't trust your techniques, there's no amount of practice that will help you perfect them.

There is so much stuff presented, I'm lucky I can remember the 20 to 30 percent of it.

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