My Sifu has been out of town for the past three weeks, leaving the school in my ... not so capable ... hands. It has been fun in the sense that I have been able to develop a regimen that I can stick to every week. I have been running the classes just as I outlined them in my previous blog post. It has been working out well. I think that whenever Sifu needs me to take over the class for the day etc. I will return to this regimen. But it will be good to see him again.
For the next three weeks I will be running the kwoon solo. This is a very intimidating thing. I am just a student, but I need to rise to the challenge. I have decided to try structuring the classes this way:
first classes of the week: - conditioning (horse stance, iron circle, cardio, etc) - fighting and application techniques (including eskrima stick work)
second classes of the week: - stretching - traditional stances - forms or other 'traditional' techniques
I have done this one week so far and it seems to be working out pretty well. I will have to post updates here.
My Kung Fu school is beginning to grow again. Now that we are getting more students my Sifu and I will be clamping down on the discipline. With smaller classes we typically run the classes in a more relaxed manner. I am pretty excited about this. I like more traditional style discipline. I would like to also take this time to ramp up the conditioning as well. I need to get myself in better shape and geared up for some sparring and grappelling. I am trying to get a long time student who has recently returned to work some fighting and application with me during our late classes.
I am always looking for new ways to use my daily routine as an opportunity to train. Late at night I typically do work on the computer and I thought that since the cold winter is rapidly approaching, I would find ways of using that time.
Instead of bundling up when it gets cold, I will simply do a form, or some conditioning etc whenever I get cold... then I will return to my machine. I imagine this will keep me busy training all night whenever I am working on stuff late at night.