Apparently a Test Is Coming
I won't be testing as I just tested in August or so. I know there is a 3rd kyu and a 4th kyu test. I think it may be Wednesday this week. This morning's class was excellent. We did some freestyle training. Instead of using one attack and trying different responses. We tend to focus on multiple attacks with a varying response.
So... we did Shihonage, ude kiminage, kotagasehi, and a couple other techniques.... all in response to a yokomen, shomen and tsuki strike.
Not the best freestyle I've ever done. I had a couple moments where I paused. One of the pauses was not actually my wondering where to go. I had a tsuki strike. I moved off the line, slapped my hand on top to end up with a nikkyo grip and was ready to move in for a hip throw. Unfortunately, this was all done without much thought. We just covered this kind of thing in Beverly and I guess some f it stuck. I never completed the throw because the person doing the attack has had a bad back. I didn't want to complete it. I suppose just for practice I could have at least lifted him. Still, I've done better in the past.
My biggest problem was trying to anticipate an attack and a response. When a different one came I locked up. I definitely need to stop anticipating and keep practicing.
The holidays this past week combined with my relatives visiting messed me up enough that I've missed a couple classes the past few weeks. Definitely a bummer.
I'm looking forward to tomorrow night.