The clinic began with discussion on issues concerning advanced training and instruction including modeling etiquette and conduct for newer students, mental development, adjusting goals with advancement, and staying enthusiastic for the long haul. These issues are very important for advanced students and the “Dojo” as a whole.
In the second portion of the mini-seminar the focus turned to advanced material. This included the core exercise Sanchin, with an emphasis on “pliable tension” or fluid strength. The group then performed advanced kata and with constructive input from Senseis Connie and Mark. Lastly, the students were taken through an advanced prearranged sparring/ self-defense routine known as “Yakusoku Kumite Daini.” These drills are designed to employ intense counters in dealing with high threat level attacks.
Special thanks to all of the advanced students who participated!