5.09.2007

Self Defense or something

I love the fact that we're in the self defense portion of our curriculum. Last night, my son and I went to class together-it is a teen/adult class. They used to separate the classes, but theres a new bag class with Kyoshi at the same time so the classes are now combined. M is assistant teaching this class. I don't know how she does it. Some of those kids are royal pains in the arse and they won't stop talking! I told 3 of them to zip it last night (one being my son) during warm ups. Non stop boy talk. This one kid-T-I would like to strangle. He's probably 16, took karate when he was little, got up to 2nd degree then quit for a while. Now he's back and he has the biggest ego ever. Thinks he's all that but the truth is, he's LAZY and cocky. I can't even get into it because just thinking about him is pissing me off. It was nice when Sensei T sidekicked him in the stomach and told him to pay attention. that made me smile.
So I guess Sensei T is being teased by all sorts of people because of what M did to him at the practical. (more details- after she knee striked him, he yelped, turned around, grabbed himself, and fell over) he's a good sport, though. I guess the most embarrasing thing was that he actually let her grab his shoulders during the sparring match to bring him into the knee strike. He must have been in disbelief or something. I'm sure that will never happen again heh heh heh.

7 comments:

sheila said...

What kind of self-defense stuff they teach you? Is it mainly moves or is it also psychological?

supergroup7 said...

I remember training in a dojo that had a bunch of talking teenagers distracting the others. It is quite a frustrating environment to have to try to concentrate in.

All that I can say is that it is the the Sensei's reactions, and demeanor that create the acceptable, and non acceptable behavior of the students.

It must not have been impressed on these youth that respectful silence is the desired behaviour while training.

That side kick by Sensei T must have given one of the students SOME sort of impression.

frotoe said...

Sheila-we learn how to escape from different holds (wrist holds, bear hugs, choke holds) also how to do different arm bar locks, working with balance (like how to throw your attacker off balance) And of course, the knee strike to the brain-which I demonstrated on Beth that time at your place..you know... when i gave her ms. I could show you on Saturday :)

Mirielle-you're right, it is frustrating. Now, if it was our Kyoshi running the class there would be no chit chat. Although he doesn't mind a little in the adult class (because he knows we're all paying attention and a lot of the time he'll join in the conversation---and most importantly, we know when NOT to talk), it would not be tolerated in the kids or teens class.

Steve said...

Self defense is fun stuff.

At my school, we chat during warmups, pay attention during technique demonstration and are too busy to talk otherwise. It's relatively informal and chit-chat is fine as long as we pay attention when we're being taught a technique. Of course, it's somewhat self-policing. If you're my partner during a drill and you're talking and not working, I'll probably choose not to partner with you again. I'm interested in getting as many reps as I can. And during sparring... we're too busy defending ourselves to talk. So, it all works out.

But we can get loud. I know we can be a raucous bunch and have perturbed the Aikido instructor when she takes over the mats after us.

Potatoe Fist said...

I share the same exasperation. I can't stand the chit chat, unless of course, I'm part of it. Kids drive me crazy though. I don't know how teachers can put up with constant correction. Definitely a study in patience.

blackbeltmama said...

I think that a lot of kids have a sense of entitlement to them with the martial arts. Although we have a lot of kids at our dojo, I've heard more than one person say that karate is not for kids, that they don't really "get it" until they're adults. I think that's definitely true for most kids.

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