This week had some ups and downs, training-wise. On Wednesday, it was just me and one other student (we're a small school - adult classes of only 2-3 students are not unusual; kids classes have more) who is a brand new white belt who... just doesn't get it. It's like every class he has to re-learn the most basic things.
Like, when doing a self-defense drill, don't actually hit your partner. Even gently. You can make contact on the block, but not the strike, if they're not wearing gear. One would think this would be common sense, or that he would have caught on when no one else was making contact, but apparently not. And spending 10 minutes breaking down the most basic white belt self defense technique was pretty frustrating when I'm more than halfway to my black belt. Reviewing basics was good, but this was like... remedial.
Yesterday, though, I was the only one there. So after we went through all 16 of the step-sparring techniques that I know without a problem, my instructor said, "Okay, so we'll try something that's not required. We'll do it again... on the left side."
Which, I probably don't need to tell all of you, is HARD. Things that have become instinctive now require huge amounts of brain power. We got to laugh at ourselves (well, mostly at me ;-)) a lot, but hey, I made it through 1-10, so that's pretty darn good, I figure, considering that he eventually told me that this is something they don't normally focus on until SECOND DAN black belt!
| Pounds lost: 45.2