Practice covers the continued refinement of the basic skills. Practice is meant to strengthen and condition while building good habits that are instinctual. Every class starts with a warm-up of rolling, leaping, and break falls while utilizing basic movement skills. This develops better balance while conditioning and strengthening the body within the skill and not outside of it. We then go on to work on striking skills of punching and kicking using the 16 different fists for another 15-30 minutes. We utilize various drills to allow the practitioner to practice and better understand not only the mechanics but the dynamics involved to properly deliver a strike. Some striking drills are done against targets hand held by another student which allows the practitioner to strike the target hard and to push through using the “whole” body. Other drills teach transition from defense to offense while developing proper timing and distancing. Combination drills teach the practitioner how to transition from one strike to another in a seamless series of movements. Our methods and approach to the basics are unique comparatively!
(Understanding Today Through Yesteryear)
The second half of class is considered training. This time is spent on the study of scenarios that utilize the historical katas or techniques that involve either armed or unarmed situations. The basics are continually point out in the scenarios to drive the importance of practicing basics. The complete scenario creates a backdrop for the study of strategy and tactics for the techniques. This allows the concepts to be adapted to more contemporary situations for today. This is one of our primary focuses!