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6-19-07 Leyn Burrows Karate

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.


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