Train ‘Em Hard! Martial Arts | My Life 26 MAY 2009

Boy Girl Karateka SparringWow, what an awesome privilege I had at karate training last night! Sensei Birgitt Smit asked me (who is currently only a yellow belt in our particular Funakoshi style) to take over the reins for about a half a hour (remember, our classes are only a hour long anyway) and lead the class in a few of the drills that I’ve picked up from the Kyokushin lot based on the time spent training under that particular style.

Needless to say I jumped at the opportunity, because quite frankly I do find it naturally easy to instruct (not sure what that says about me though), and soon I had everyone doing some evade and retaliate drills revolving around forward mai-geri and head-height mawashi-geri kicks. I then followed it up with some speed blocking exercises that focused on the attacker actually trying to land hits and the defender being forced to block an unexpected attack.

I’m not sure about the rest of the class, both higher and lower belts, but I thoroughly enjoyed the more physical aspect of these particular drills, directly leading to me sitting here at work this morning with a big grin on my face as I gingerly position my arm on the desk thanks to all the bruising incurred from last night’s session! :)

You know what they say, the more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war!


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South African software architect and developer at Touchwork. Husband to a cupcake baker and father to two little girls. I don't have time for myself any more.