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It seems I have a lot of teaching time this week. I have to admit I love it.
It was Baylen today. Kyle called me and left a message, but I do not have LD so I could not call him back. So he missed out on class today. I cant say I blame him, why would he want to drive all this way to "see" if we were doing class. Oh well.
We covered throws 9 and 10. I changed them to Ura Nage (Single leg throw behind yourself) and Sukui Nage. After review of Sukui Nage, I decided to change it to a single leg throw. The throw was very effective and I can not wait to use it in training. So now we have our 30 throws again. Baylen knows almost all of them now. I think he needs to learn about 4 of them still, but that's not bad. That leaves the rest of training to practicing them and not so much showing them in slow motion.
After the throws we covered Ikkyo-Gokyo for review of orange belt. Then we covered all the kicks and some Muay Thai combos. I went over the theory behind the MT combos too. I think Baylen "thinks" he is no good in stand-up, but he is. There is more to stand up than being quick. I can smack someone all day long, but if they hit me with a sledge hammer, Im going to fall before they do. If he can develop speed and power he will be great in stand-up. I will concentrate more on stand-up each class that I get him solo.
Now ground fighting he is pretty darn good. I wanted to see if I could beat him quickly once today and I did. I went 100% offensively and got him fast. It's okay though. It doesn't mean he's not good, it just means I caught him off guard. He's getting good. I forsee that he will be beating me around green belt even if we go full speed. The glorious thing about fighting is that if you train with someone that is good, you become better. I know many people do not realize this. And.... this goes for fighting arts, not the grab your wrist techniques. I mean things like Jujitsu, Judo, BJJ, MT etc. When you train for real and you are getting kicked or submitted, you learn to adapt and over come and learn new ways of winning. It is what I love about Jui-Jitsu. Think about it, you have to beat most of your peers and beat a superior in order to get promoted. Hard isnt it? Yes, but this means everyone that is at their level, is great at what they do.
Beats Karate where you memorize some kata and whabamm you're a black belt. You don't have to prove yourself against anyone (not usually anyways). I know some arts do require it, but not all.
Now I must say once again, this does not include Aikido. You get good at Aikido techniques from practicing them and for me, using them in ground fighting has made me a better ground fighter, and made me realize that the techniques can be used in every aspect of fighting. For me, my Aikido techniques have become more adaptable for combat because I get to use them in my way of fighting as well as competition. But we all know most Aikidoka hate the idea of competition. But I will be the first to say, "It makes you better."