I was off interstate again with my wife who was on conference. Had to cancel two of my classes, but am ready to start again this Thursday. If anyone is interested, let me tell you I totally enjoyed Sydney and the Hunter Valley.
Managed to pick up '75 down blocks' by Rick Clark. It's an interesting book and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the worth of traditional style practices.
Where I disagree with the approach to accumulating this rich material for one specific technique is in the teaching or transmission of this information. Many instructors seem adamant to do as much as possible for each and every stage, and expect equally as much from themselves as well as their students. For me, my goals are far more honest and humble. Each stage or belt rank is a progression for beginners through the arts - to ensure they arrive at shodan ready to do some real learning.
Students who have gone through my program seem able to remember and recollect those aspects of their rank training that I have intended they should remember ... and are able to build up on those basic skills nicely. (See 'You're expecting too much from them, Colin')
Of course I approach training in one specific way and am happy with the way it's progressing. I urge other instructors to look at being real with their expectations and developing a programme suited for their style and needs.
75 Down Blocks: Refining Karate Technique (Google Scholar)
Karate Underground Discussion on 75 'Downward' Blocks
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