So far, my blog has included my take on training, random observations and input from the club. However, with Hugh suggesting that November's National Course could be a time for me to grade, it is time to get more focus.
Therefore, my plan is to keep a regular diary of training between now and November, along with thoughts on my own progress and hopefully some photos.
It makes sense to take stock of where I currently am so here goes with an entirely subjective review
Kata is getting better but the Hangetsu and Kanku katas in particular need work.
Pad work is not bad and power levels particularly on hand techniques feel good. I do need to work on improving my stamina and technique on some of my kicks.
Parrying needs a LOT of work. I feel this is my weakest area. Still walking into things.
Ground work is odd. I really enjoy it but feel I have hit a plateau and need to improve here in terms of balance, movement, weight control etc.
That's a starting point. I'll talk to Hugh this week and see if he agrees and then we can see how things develop.
Scott has been training in Shoto Budo since 2007 and is a 1st Dan Black Belt. He is working towards his 2nd Dan grading.