On Saturday, December 8th students ranked Brown Belt and above attended AC Uechi. After discussing teaching and training issues the group worked on ‘Hojo Undo’ exercises and advanced Kata or forms. Next, the group learned some new self-defense drills developed by Master Shinmatsu Okuhama that focus on severe responses to common attacks. The clinic ended with some discussion about Team ZenQuest’s recent Okinawa trip and adjustments to training.
On Saturday, December 15th students ranked Blue Prajiet (arm band) and above attended AC Muay Thai. After some discussion on teaching and advanced training the group focused on freestyle pad-work. This is where one partner or instructor wears ’Thai Pads’ and a body shield to enable the other partner to throw strikes in a manner that is very close to sparring or fighting. The group started out with drills that isolated kicking, then added punches, then elbows and knees, working up to combining all strikes together. At the conclusion of the workshop promotions were awarded to three students. Chris Bradley earned 4-stripe Blue Prajiet, Chris Kupernik earned Purple Prajiet, and Neil Von Flatern earned 1-stripe Brown Prajiet.
On Saturday, December 22nd students ranked Blue Belt and above attended AC Jiu-jitsu. This time the group was given strategies using the ‘Z-Guard’ or ‘Knee Shield’. This is trapping an opponent between your knees on your side from bottom position. Techniques included ways to improve position, sweep and submissions using Z-Guard. At the conclusion of the workshop promotions were awarded to three students. Congratulations to Tilo "Tilosh" Jackson for earning his Blue Belt, and to Chis "Koop" Kupernik and Mike "Panda" Jezak for earning their 3-Stripe Blue Belt!
Thanks to everyone who showed up for Advanced Concepts so close to the holidays and congratulations to everyone who earned promotions. The next round of Advanced Concepts clinics will be sometime in the spring.