I’ve seen this many times and over the years its something I find leaving a bad taste in my mouth… (note I asked Iain Abernathy his thoughts on this subject and found that his thoughts are similar to mine here…. a brief encounter of his response in in his Dec 2010 podcast found at iainabernethy.co.uk, good to know I have some influential back up here)
2 people are explaining the techniques from a kata or a sequence from a kata or routine.
The first thing they do is show the respects to the other person and bow.. all good
then they shape up take the fighting stance and move to a comfortable distance apart… more often than not somewhere between 4 and 6 foot apart… (alarm bells here)
then 1 side performs the first move or first few moves, and the opponent moves in time with the other person. (oh nice I wish)
I can see for a class the need for a unified experience to help build a better understanding of how and where a person should move, yet this over relience and teaching of the opponent complining with the attacker gives the person performing the techniques a negative reinforced belief that everything they do will work everytime. good for unrealistic confidence in their ability, and if that person comes into a situation where they actually need the full use of the training, and here’s hoping they don’t, then the unrealistic expectation embedded with them from thier training may be more of a hinderance than an actually benefit.
Oh you may be sitting there now and thinking what a crock. Fair enough, however I believe in an evolutionry process for learning these aspects.
As I have mentioned in the Of course there’s more but…
my learning/teaching processes are: Learn the…
1. indivdual techniques, if the kata has any “new” or unseen techniques to you.
2. pattern, learning the actual pattern in part and eventually as a complete sequence.
3. what I call cadence, which shows in more detail the elements in the kata that have speed, power, and tension elements among other things
4. meaning, what the sequences actually do. based on the principles of body dynamics, leverage, and the distractive and destructive techniques.
5. visualisations the intergration of the above against a partner as you see it in your mind
6. practice with a partner
7. against an opponent/partner realistic representation of against a partner.
now the pratice with a partner section is extremely important and will take a few stages, you obviously cannot jump into the partner drill as you would a visualisation, though you should base it on your visualisation.
partner practice stages
1. 1 side performing the actions and movements using your partner as a reference point for technique placement, for example if your techniques is a punch to the mid section then this is where you make sure that what you are doing is actually approaching the target correctly.
If the sequence requires you to move their arm, or take their balance prior to a following technique then you make sure when you attempt that you can actually find the parts of your opponent to achieve this pratice.
2. partner reaction, where you opponent move or reacts as they would if someone attempts a move as suggest above. Not a compiant move but a movement how they would if it were to happen. ( everyone will react differently depending on what they know or believe )
This ensures that you are doing the movements as need to achieve your goal… for me in this blog this is a Kata analysis reality based sequence as I’ve said before this is usually in close fast and more often than not messy.
Of course there are limitations, and those are that you need to get up and go home injury free…. We need to live and work and be normal active people in the community. So obviously we cannot hurt our in class opponent there is this compromise. Even though we compromise we do not need to be complient to the unrealistic motions of your partners actions.
more to come…