Becoming Grounded

Last night was my last class before leaving for vacation to Mexico. As I’ve stated before, with each class I feel like I am improving, if only by small increments. The class was focused on conditioning, it was hard, but my spirit didn’t break. One of the exercises we were working on was blocking and countering. This drill conditions your …

Finding your spirit – Seishin 精神

Last night was a phenomenal class. Again, with focus on the upcoming tournament with a lot of drills specific to kumite. Most of the class I was paired with a fellow white belt, who has experience in Muay Thai and Jiu-jitsu. He was much younger, but just an awesome partner. He was the type of partner that when you think …

Train the Mind Train the Body

I love Friday night classes, as they are usually geared towards sparring and kumite. My major weakness. We started with body conditioning and moved to focus pad drills. The emphases last night was on knee strikes. Fogarasi Sensei spoke to us about not only the importance of knee strikes, but the proper applications and distancing, both for competition and self-defense …

Mushin No Shin, or No-Mindness

Last night’s class was gruelling. Some students are preparing for an upcoming tournament. The class was going to be divided between those conditioning for this, and those in regular training. However, it was decided we would all follow the tournament prep.