Last nights training was entirely dedicated to tanto defences, as one of the students (and a fellow white belt, and friend of mine) was mugged at knifepoint on Sunday evening, and lost her bag and belongings. Upon mentioning this to Sensei, he immediately changed the lesson to deal directly with knife defences. Superbly enjoyable and informative, and she certainly seemed a lot more comfortable with what had happened by the end of the evening.
After the session, as usual, I remained on mat and worked a little on my ukemi, and my white belt friend, and another lifelong friend of mine, a 4th Kyu, also trained a little longer.
Why the heck not..
And so it was. An already exhausted me as recipient, facing another white belt, and a 4th kyu/blue.
And I'd like to think I did rather well, despite ending up in a wheezing heap after circa 40 seconds
For the most part it was simply a case of leading the attack past, and a quick clip around the ear to send them on their way, but I managed to get most of my 7th kyu test techniques in, namely a few Kokyunage's and Kotegaishi's, but for me the highlight and most surprisingly technique I managed was a grab, spin beneath (which I should know the name for, by now..
) into a rather nice Sankyo, and ended up shielding myself with an unwilling White belt, against the 4th kyu who couldn't get at me, whilst I caught my breath
We've decided to run through Randori-esque situations after each session, not only as a means of exercising techniques, and trying our memories.. but perhaps more importantly, simply as a means of increasing, and working towards better stamina. The theory being that by the time my White Belt friend and I reach a level where Randori is required for testing, that we'll be in such fine shape, that we'll breeze through..