SO, in the mean time, our highest ranked member, a 3 Dan (though admittedly, he probably shouldn't yet be a 3 Dan) is running practices. He is knowledgeable enough and has a sense of humor and the last two practices with him looked more enjoyable for the kids.
Kata - Tekki Shodan
For the last two practices we have only practiced Heian Kata. All of them. I think we could break from the norm and practice just one or two of them, for example. But thoroughly.
At the end of practice we all do a kata to practice for tournaments. There is no practice, we just do it, and our new leader gave us advice. For the last two practices I did Tekki Shodan and he gave me some advice so here it is.
- My hand movements were not defined enough. In an effort to make them as fast as possible the movements were running together. He said it would be better to make sure each movement is done more distinctly.
- I lean. I need to make sure my torso is straight up and down. I don't realize I am leaning so I need to practice in front of a mirror or take video of my practices.