Traditional class, like Paul's - Sanchin,
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
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.