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So todays class was an intro to the orange belt requirements. I explained that for Orange Belt his techniques are going to ahve to get way better. To me Orange Belt is the hardest Belt to achieve. You have Yellow, and know a few things, but aren't very good at them, whereas, Orange you had better be pretty decent at all the techniques. His kicks and punches need to be worked on extensively. He has some issues with his left side, which we all have issues. We just have to work through them. I will not hold him back, but I will command excellence in technique this belt promotion.
I went over the ten Judo style throws left and right. Then we covered Ikkyo, Nikkyo, Sankyo, Yonkyo, and Gokyo. Now I have been showing him these techniques throughout the entire time, however, I have not presented them in order this way.
We first covered Ikkyo and to be honest, you can spend an entire class working on any "one" of these techniques. I went with about ten reps on each side and then we switched in order, in the same fashion.
He was able to create pain to the point he needed, but his footwork was off. I understand that footwork is key to technique and it will come naturally after time, however, I must correct him, or it will never change.
I look forward to seeing him grow as a martial artist.
I presented him his yellow belt today, and his certificate.
This is my first certificate through the PCMA. I must say they were speedy, supportive, and the certificate was very nicely done. I look forward to promoting the PCMA and the AARKJ in my time of teaching.
I have another class Thursday with Ryan, and I am thinking we will go over a lot of throws and groundfighting. I think this is where we need to practice with him. I will touch basis with him on block, check, and counter once again as well.
In this art it is so hard to teach. We have so much that is possible and I do not want to develop one area more than the others. I want an even total package martial artist that can teach traditionally or coach UFC fighters. I let them decide.