Had a one on one with Leyn Burrows last
night. We warmed up with Sanchin, first with the count,
then a three step no count, then a 5 step no count. And
then I was introduced to Tenshin. I had heard the word before,
but didn't understand its meaning. Therefore, I didn't know
how to apply it. That's not completely true, I was taught
about focusing at the end of a technique, but I probably
wasn't ready to accept it or believe that it would make
much difference. What a dummy.
The discussion was lengthy, and included
this "normal relaxed state of the body" description
for moving in and out of Tenshin. The gist of it allows
you to be relaxed and not muscle focused until you are ready
to absorb a strike or deliver one.
Focusing on Tenshin allowed me to complete
each technique of a Kata and not move to the next technique
until the previous one had been completed. I always thought
I did that, even when I sped up the Kata; I was wrong. As
much as I had taught the "complete each move"
thought, I wasn't practicing what I was preaching. I was
able to quickly learn how to do it by counting each technique
as I was performing each Kata. By counting the technique
I was able to complete the current technique and only move
to the next technique when I had counted its number.
Another critique of my Konchin ended the
workout; with major comments on extending some of the techniques,
such as the end of the Horse Stance Scoop Toss.