After last week's grumpiness, how did training go this week?
The good news, it was a lot better.
Tuesday night again saw a varied session with a bit of everything, with the distance closing practise being of interest given my struggles with it last week. Whilst I still did not find it a comfortable practise, I had a few moments where the light bulb went on and I was more in control of the distance. As mentioned, I have a tendency to walk into things when sparring but this week I felt like that happened less often.
One bad habit that still needs work is my defence when being attacked. When my opponent comes at me with a rapid series of moves, I have a tendency to turn my back on them which is clearly wrong. I need to be better at either evading their attack or somehow stopping their momentum.
It also was a good week on kata as, for the first time, I made it through Hangetsu Den without a brain freeze. It is not a smooth looking kata yet and still needs work but the moves are starting to go in.
Unfortunately Wednesday night's session was cut short due to work so I arrived about half way through to join in the takedown sequence before more kata. A short session but 45 minutes was better than nothing at all.
So a much more positive week than last week. Coming up at the weekend is the first Shoto Budo course of 2014. Tune in next time for a match report.
Scott has been training in Shoto Budo since 2007 and is a 1st Dan Black Belt. He is working towards his 2nd Dan grading.