Kat Sensei’s teaching style is different when it is more ‘advanced’ students. It was just Sempai C, Nert and myself last night, so instead of the traditional demonstrate/practice type of class, Sensei would call two of us up, call out a technique and we had to show him both omote and ura versions. He would let us go for a while and only stop us to offer some suggestions.
We started with yokomen, looking at various responses, including the surprisingly difficult yokomomenuchi ikkyo. Yokomenuchi Ikkyo Ura, which is a very irimi motion for Nage, turned into looking at tsuki. We spent a good portion of the night looking at how to move into a tsuki, both from a punch and a kick. Poor Sempai C, having the TKD experience, was elected to be uke for pretty much all of the kicking practice and he worked up one hell of a sweat. It was a dangerous game for us as Nage, because as C said, he has total control over his punches, but he doesn’t have the same control over his kicks (partially because of the blown knee), so he was kicking slowly, but certainly not softly.
We went on from punches, to kicks and then finally at the last ten minutes of class, Sensei has us get a jo. I was uke for his demon and on the very first time I lunged at his stomach, he moved in, his arm came up and his forearm smashed me across the bridge of the nose*. I was completely stunned. Then, as I was just fighting off that first wave of shock, the bleeding started in earnest.
Then, as I was in the washroom cleaning up Sempai C comes in with a bleeding knuckle; Nert had grazed him with the jo. By the time we bowed out, there wasn’t a single one of us whose gi was not bloodstained.
Now that, is good class!
*Not the textbook version of how to do that technique, but certainly an effective variation.