18 Apr 2005

Twirly Bits

Went to kobudo training on Saturday and was shocked to learn that our tried and tested tonfa kata had new bits added to it. I was not the only one aghast at having to relearn this simplest of katas. It now has new fancy twirly bits added at the behest of our new association head and it was funny seeing seriously high graded instructors grapple with the twirly bits. The collective clang of dropping tonfa sticks was deafening. I must admit the fuss was really over nothing as after a short period, the new bits eventually came fairly easily to the Meerkats tiny paws. The other new katas I had to learn were not so straightforward and although I kept plugging away repeating the same damn moves, it just wasn’t sinking in. It just goes to show, no matter where you are in your status, the learning from scratch process never gets any easier. Perhaps this is a good thing to remember when one has to teach novices – something that seems effortless and easy to you, may not be so easy to a beginner and only through patience and perseverance will the student get to that level.It’s funny. I used to view weapons training in the same vein as groundfighting – something I had to do occasionally but generally disliked. Now, the more I do them, the better I get and the more I appreciate them. Ju-jitsu is more than just throws and locks and I am starting to see the bigger picture.

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Meerkatsu is the artist name for BJJ black belt Seymour Yang.


slideyfoot said...

I've never really been into weapons training, but I've always thought if I ever did, I would like to play with tonfa. Although admittedly, that is almost entirely due to playing lots of Yie Ar Kung Fu on the Spectrum +3. ;)

Meerkatsu said...

Of course by 2005 I think I realised that a number of my trad JJ friends and seniors were reading my blog, so much of the pro-trad content was geared at keeping them happy.


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