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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Good Tournament, bad news

Opening Cermony


H with the pony tail, waiting her turn

A in red sparring

H on the blue team

H ready to spar

H sparring

A and H proud of their medals.

We went to a kids only tournament over the weekend.  A had said we was going to do Heian Sandan for his kata for two weeks and we had been practicing it and then for some reason he did Heain Nidan.  He wasn't very good but he did it well for him.  H and I had been practicing Heain Shodan but she still has no confidence and just watched and followed her competitor the whole time.  My wife was very upset with me, saying "Why did you put her out there!?"

For kumite, A won his first match and, although he lost, did well on his second match as well, both against bigger kids. (Everyone is bigger than A and H.)  He ended up getting third place in both Kata (only three competitors) and Kumite.  Kata was only kids his age but the kumite was mixed with I think, 2nd through 4th grade.  H had only one other competitor in her group, a girl she enjoys playing with.  They did it as a league??  And they got to have two matches.  H was so cute out there, smiling the whole time and trying to hit and kick the other girl.  She lost of course but it you could tell she was having fun out there.

Both A and H got to come home with medals and plaques and seemed to have had a good time.

And now for the bad news.  A few days before the tournament A had a non-practice.  We went early and while the kids were playing around he knocked H over and made her cry.  The other kids made a big deal out of it and he refused to practice at all.  The next day he came to me and asked if he could quit karate after the tournament.

Update:  Now he still won't say that he likes it but he they both seem to be enjoying now.  He practices (more like playing than practicing) all the time now at home.  He doesn't like getting advice though, so his skills are not improving as fast as they could.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

The last ten seconds "drill".

Kon-sensei

Kihon
Kumite
Kata (we left before kata practice)

We went through kihon fairly quickly, doing only every move only half as many times as normal and spent more time on kumite practice.  We didn't do yakusoku kumite drills like we normally do. We did a 4 man kumite drill where one person stood in the middle with fists up in ready position and turned to each of the other members.  As the middle man turned to the others, they took turns doing jabs and counters.  The idea was to work on reaction time.   We did a version of this before but one person gave orders as to which direction to go, two or three people were punching bags, and one person was reacting.

Next we did a "last ten seconds" drill.  One person tries not to give up points while the other tries to get points. After ten seconds you switch and repeat for two minutes. It was pretty hard training.  We did this drill last week, too.

I liked these two drills for a couple of reasons.  One is that you get to do the same thing again and again, and it is not yakusoku, so you have the freedom and the time (the repetition) to work on getting better. Another is that it is high intensity and gets your heart rate up high and has your legs screaming by the end.  I rarely get sore after our normal practices but this had me very tired after practice and sore all over the next day.

If we did more training like this I'm sure we would all get much better at kumite and physically stronger as well.

One of the reasons these drills worked better than our normal drills, I think, is because we made groups and pairs based on our size and ability.  So I got to spend 4 hard minutes with a boy who could actually reach my head, which he did, with his feet, several times.  He would easily out score me in a real match.  I could still knock him down to the groung, though. ;-)