Finally! I’m back in kung fu and qin na class. I’m not as sore as I thought I might be. I did, however, notice my conditioning. Or shall I say lack thereof? I was gassing out even sooner than normal on the line drills. Give me a solid month and I’ll be back to my usual level of suck.
I caught the last day of applications week in kung fu. Apparently while I was gone things changed. While I was on my travels Sifu took a few people up north to train with Sigung. Well those people came back with a mixed grill of “hard techniques.” When Sigung visited he showed us a two-person set that reinforces these eight hard techniques. Apparently up north he showed two more versions.
There are also a certain number of soft techniques. However, I had to leave early the day Sigung visited so I really have not seen those. Anyhow, newbies get started on the hard, first. So it sounds like we’ll be practicing variations of these for some time to come. The goal, of course, is to run through these hard techniques enough until you reach the point where you can just do them without thinking.
The learning curve compared to tae kwon do seems to be much higher. In TKD they’d probably be broken down individually. Last night we strung seven of them together and started to practice them as one big set.
As for qin na, well, I finally brought a notebook! Better still, Sifu gave me a copy of the level two locks. So at least I know have their names in ink. I’m going to set for myself a weekly homework assignment. My plan is to write out as best I can the steps to these locks. Then once-per-week run through them at home as mini-katas. Mrs. Patterson also will let me use her as a crash test dummy–just as long as I do not actually lock her.
Last night I practiced the following:
- Large Roc twists its wing
- Rotating sky post
- Large wrap hand
- Forgive me for not going with you
- Upward elbow press
The ones in red are the techniques that I think I still remember. I think I can find videos of most of these on line. So, once I have my study sheet created I should be able to turn them into mini-katas. I did the same thing for level one and it seemed to work.
This weekend I’m attending a four hour qin na seminar. It’s being co-hosted with a local karate school so this should be interesting. Sifu said in four hours I’ll see all of level two. I expect to be confused as hell! Also, I can’t imagine how sore I’ll be after four hours of crankage.
It’s actually a two day seminar with day two focusing on entries as well as leg qin na and throws. Unfortunately, due to prior commitments I cannot make day two.