Saturday, October 22, 2011
Last night I learned Jutte, my 3rd black belt kata. Sensei is really keen on me learning them all quickly so we can practice together. He misses his son, who used to be his pracice partner, but who's now going to school halfway across the country. It's a little sad; we used to have a few black belts in the club but they've all drifted away - not sure why. Well, one family of 4 moved to Ontario; that was a big loss for the club.
Anyway, the reason Sensei needs a partner is because his memory isn't 100%. Of course we do have a lot of katas and the moves are sometimes very similar; t's easy to switch to a different kata halfway through. If he's relying on MY memory though he's in trouble :)
Fortunately this is the 21st century and not the 17th, so we're able to use technology to help us. We do have a DVD with all our katas performed by our previous Sensei. Last night I brought my laptop in and after all the kids had left we started working on the kata, going back and forth to doublecheck we were doing it right. The end result was quite recognizable.
Two more black belt katas to go!