Stuart led class. After a special training style indoor run around the gym, we stretched and jumped into kata. We started with Tekki Shodan. I focused on the alignment of my hip, and torso during the kiba dachi zuki. I also worked on the timing of looking from the side to the front right after the step over transition. Next, we worked on Bassai and then Kwanku. I think Stephano may have been a little overwhelmed. There were nine of us in class. I think we did approximately twenty of each kata. The kata portion of practice lasted almost an hour and finished with performing our favorite kata. A couple of the black belts chose their next required kata to polish. Carolyne chose her new favorite Gankaku.
We worked on a kicking practice drill back and forth with a partner. The drill consisted of each person doing a two kick attack against their opponent who retreated with the second kick. The first kick was executed from the front leg, the second performed as a step through. We did this drill for front, round and side thrust kick with multiple partners for each kick. We must have done close to 750 kicks in all. I definitely reached my target heart rate. ;^) The last part of class was matching with Ippon Kumite both stomach level and face level. It was a rigorous class. Stuart kept the class moving, yet challenging and fun. It was a good night.