Sitting in the little Italian diner, having
a bite before the workout, a previous Leyn Burrows lesson
came to me. I thought I got it before. I just started thinking
about all the times I was in some kind of physical conflict,
whether it was real or during a workout. My main thought
was “what am I going to do.” Besides defending
myself and a couple of offensive attack techniques, I had
no clue what I was supposed to do. I mean, I had a clue,
but the “Intent” lesson from a couple of weeks
ago has a lot more meaning when placed in any one of my
past physical conflicts’ context.
If I had had an end game plan for any or
all of those conflicts, maybe I wouldn’t have had
so many. Maybe I would’ve won (finished) more of them.
I started applying it (INTENT) to everything.
(I’m out of control.) But it makes sense. In the past,
the thought process was to write down your goals. Perform
the steps to achieve them. Nobody said to focus on them.
Maybe they did, they did, but I ignored them. This intent
thing shines a bright light on the goal. It allows you to
ignore the fleeting thoughts, the distractions, and the
fear. It helps you to focus.
Last night we began the workout passing
a heavy ball around. And then did the traditional secondary
exercises, but performing the complete exercise on one count;
one count for the block and side snap kick (both sides),
one count for the turn block kick (both sides), etc. And
then we did Sanchin.
But then we did 3 minutes each on the heavy
bag; with the timer giving milestones. After a minute I
felt like, what, only a minute had elapsed, it felt like
ten. We mix 5 to 10 punches with 2 to 3 kicks. I finished
with a flurry. Prior to the heavy bag we each did a minute
on the hand bags, where the holder holds 2 bags up while
moving; and drops them every ten seconds.
After the bag work Leyn brought out 2 Bos
and taught us a simple two man Bo Kumite. Leyn suggested
that we incorporate traditional weapons in our practice
as it helps extend the meaning of the techniques. It could
also improve some techniques; for example, the leaning elbow
strike in Seisan. With the Bo extended down your back and
leg, you can see if there are any gaps or strange angles
being formed. Leyn showed us the Bo Windmill exercise, designed
to get you moving forward on the strike.
We ended the workout with two each of the
advanced Kata, beginning with Seisan, with Leyn having us
apply the intent thought process, i.e., intend to focus
on balance, or breathing or whatever you choose. It brought
the no count Kata to my attention. I knew I was doing the
techniques, not just going through the motions. I guess
that’s what happens when you focus.