Aug 07, 2016 – Killarney Dojo

9 Aug

Osu, this is Linda.

This week, Shihan Tats tasked me with leading the warm-up, Kihon, and extra-workouts portions of the White Belt Level #1 and #2 class.

During the later half of this class, Shihan Tats tasked me with reviewing the following techniques once again:
1. Uraken Mawashi Uchi
2. Gedan Barai
Today’s focus was on proper back hand placement (The back hand being placed at the side of the upper ribs with the palm facing upwards), and proper leading hand execution (Having the leading hand facing the ear before striking downwards).

This week, Shihan Tats tasked me with reviewing Taikyoku Ichi to several students in the White/ Stripe Level #1 and #2 class once again. I put more of a focus on counts 8 and 16 since several of the students were having trouble during these turns.

Osu,
– Linda

July 24, 2016 – Killarney Dojo

9 Aug

Osu, this is Linda.

This week, I spent the Kihon portion of the White Belt Level #1 and #2 class correcting Sanchin stances. Afterwards, I got the students to strike my hand as a target.

During the later half of this class, Shihan Tats tasked me with reviewing the techniques:
1. Uraken Mawashi Uchi
2. Gedan Barai
I went over both Uraken Mawashi Uchi and Gedan Barai as a group to get the students to familiarize themselves with the two techniques. Afterwards, I went to each individual student to take a look at their Uraken Mawashi Uchis and Gedan Barais. Afterwards, I told them what they were doing well. I also told them what they needed to work on to further improve their techniques.

Afterwards, I tested the students on their knowledge of Japanese terminology which included:
1. Seiken
2. Uraken
3. Obi
4. Dogi
5. Dojo

This week, Shihan Tats tasked me with reviewing Taikyoku Ichi to several students in the White/ Stripe Level #1 and #2 class once again. Since they were able to perform the Kata without any mistakes while facing the front of the Dojo, I got them to try to perform the Kata while facing four separate directions of the Dojo.

Afterwards, Shihan Tats individually tested each student on their Kata.

Osu,
– Linda

July 17, 2016 – Killarney Dojo

9 Aug

Osu, this is Linda.

This week, Shihan Tats tasked me with leading the warm-up and Kihon portions of the White Belt Level #1 and #2 class. I gave the students the option to pick which techniques they preferred to do first during the kicking portion of the class. I also noticed that many of the students were rather quiet at first, so I tried to encourage them to Kiai louder by getting them to compete with one another to see who had the loudest Kiai.

This week, Shihan Tats tasked me with reviewing Taikyoku Ichi to several students in the White/ Stripe Level #1 and #2 class once again. Once they were able to perform the Kata without any mistakes while facing the front of the Dojo, I paired all of the students up, then got them to face one another. Afterwards, I got them to try to perform the Kata while mirroring their partners.

Osu,
– Linda

July 10, 2016 – Killarney Dojo

9 Aug

Osu, this is Linda.

This week, I spent the Kihon portion of the White Belt Level #1 and #2 class correcting Sanchin stances. Afterwards, I gave targets for the students to strike.

During the later half of this class, Shihan Tats tasked me with reviewing the techniques:
1. Uraken Mawashi Uchi
2. Gedan Barai

This week, Shihan Tats tasked me with reviewing Taikyoku Ichi to several students in the White/ Stripe Level #1 and #2 class. Afterwards, I got them to try to perform the Kata while facing the back of the Dojo.

Osu,
– Linda

Killarney Dojo – July 10, 2016

17 Jul

Osu Chi here,

I am helping Shihan Tats with instructing the White Belts Level 1 & 2, and Orange Belts class this summer. He has combined the levels of classes because there’s usually fewer students during summer time due to family vacations, etc so we have full classes of 18-25 students.

One of the demonstrations he did for showing the proper placement of hands and arms for soto uke (outside-inside block), he said a lot of students place their hand too close to their bodies. He had Linda show the improper way and then he said it’s likely the opponent will take your hand and strike you with your own hand. He also showed that if the hand is placed too far out, it’s easy for the opponent to pull you towards them and make you lose balance. This got a lot of students to laugh. He did the same demonstration in the orange belts class and used me as the example so I knew what to expect.

For one of the workouts, instead of regular shoulder taps in push-up positions, he had the students do high fives with each other 50 times and many of the students groaned. And then Shihan Tats said if they drop their knees, they have to restart again from 0, but the students followed the instructions and did their best to succeed in completing all 50.

Osu,
Chi

 

Jun 26, 2016 – Killarney Dojo

28 Jun

Osu, this is Linda.

This week, Shihan Tats gave the students of the Beginners class a small examination. It consisted of:
1. Bowing properly with a loud Osu while standing
2. Properly sitting down into Seiza by lowering the left leg first while keeping the head and back vertical.
3. Bowing properly with a loud Osu while sitting in Seiza.

In addition, Shihan Tats went over several Japanese terminology to the students of the Beginners class. The terms included:
1. Kihon
2. Fudo Dachi
3. Kiba Dachi
4. Sanchin Dachi
5. Seiken
6. Uraken

This week, Shihan Tats got me to teach the students of the White Belt Level #1 class from start to finish. I went over the Japanese terms:
1. Obi
2. Dogi
3. Dojo

This week, I got the students of this class to participate in several games and exercises which consisted of:
1. Running
2. Duck-walking
3. Crab walking forwards then bear-crawling back
4. 10 punches
5. 3 helicopters
6. 10 Push-ups
7. Jumping over a partner’s legs 5 times

This week, I went over spin kicks with the students of this class to end off the session.

Osu,
– Linda

Jun 19, 2016 – Killarney Dojo

28 Jun

Osu, this is Linda.

This week, Shihan Tats was away so I was tasked with leading the Beginners class with Sensei Shella. I spent a large portion of the class focusing on the techniques:
1. Uraken Mawashi Uchi
2. Gedan Barai
Shihan Tats mentioned that it is important to familiarize oneself with these techniques before proceeding to become a white belt student. After going over these techniques several times, Sensei Shella and I went to each individual student to check to see if their techniques were alright. Overall, the students performed well.

Unfortunately, I ran out of time practicing the techniques Uraken Mawashi Uchi and Gedan Barai so we were unable to practice kicks this session. Fortunately, I was able to end off the class with several games. They include:
– running
– 10 push-ups
– 10 squats
– duck-walking

Afterwards, I was tasked with helping Sensei Keegan instruct a class downstairs in the Dojo.

Osu,
– Linda

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