Tuesday, February 21, 2012

February 12 - 18, 2012

Continuing with combination attack drills, including some timing drills. I'm thinking, probably just one more week on this subject and then move on.

We had a great seminar (Regional Fundraising Seminar in Redondo Beach) and 6 from our dojo participated. We all had great training as usual. Most of these seminars are not just for advanced students (though most participants are black belts) and anyone can participate and benefit from it at different levels, so please don't hesitate to seize the opportunity! The next seminar is coming up on April 21. We also are going to have a 2-day seminar on June 13-14: this is the AAKF National Mini-camp and will be taught by some of the highest rank instructors in the nation. Please do whatever you can to free up these days (as well as the following 2 days which are the National Championships; WE NEED YOUR HELP TO ORGANIZE THIS EVENT!!!)!

Oh, lastly, don't forget to renew your AAKF membership if you are a current member. It will expire in March, and if you renew before the end of March (we need to send it in by mid March though) you save $10 ($20 instead of $30). New students can join now or when you take a test (you must be a member when you test; no exception), and you get a benefit at seminars and tournaments.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

February 5 - 11, 2012

We're working on the Combination Attack (Renzoku Kougeki Waza) now. I want to include some of the basic combinations from the exam requirements here and there. I don't want to spend too many weeks on this subject but perhaps for 1-3 weeks, then move on to something else.

We're canceling this Saturday's Advanced Class, because we will have a regional seminar in Redondo Beach. Is anyone going? I'm going for training, not for teaching this time, and I encourage all of you to try to make it. Almost every time I take someone's class, I find one or two new things/ideas that I want to work on or that I want to incorporate in my teaching. Though I have good 20+ years of training experience, there are many other instructors who are far more experienced or skilled than I am, and I want my students to be exposed to them as well.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

January 29 - February 4, 2012

It's been a month since we started the advanced class. I'm definitely enjoying it (as well as getting hurt from it...) but I want all our brown belts to try to make it more often. I know it's Saturday but you know it's good for you!

We'll try to shift away from Sasoi-waza and work on other offensive strategies soon. Any request?

I now put out another book on our bookshelf. It's an anatomy/body conditioning book. It definitely helps to understand your own body for karate improvement. I had to memorize all the muscles, bones and nerves for my PT school/board exam, but I lost all that knowledge, so don't ask me any and just take a look at this book! :-) According to this book, a man should be able to do 8 pull-ups and a woman once as the national average - are we all "above average"?? Take the challenge and add it to your list of New Year resolution if you're below average!

It looks like the AAKF is holding another national seminar, this time in April in Milwaukee. I might try to go if I can save up the fund; let me know if anyone is interested in sharing a hotel room with me. It's always fun to travel and meet karate people from different part of country or world.