Congratulations are in order for Matt Warren and Tony D’Angelo.
Matt Warren and I got up early last Saturday the 29th and hit the I-10 for Mesa. Turns out to be a very easy 85 minute drive to Sensei Coburn’s dojo at the Fiesta Mall. We first tanked up on caffeine at Starbucks and ran into Tony, who was studying, as usual.
Arrived uber early and witnessed Sensei Coburn in the middle of his very complete workout. I was so impressed, I gifted him with my latest new toy: A Woss Industries Suspension trainer. Similar to the ubiquitous TMX but at a fraction of the cost, I have already purchased 3 and cannot recommend this piece of exercise equipment enough!!! I never even got to use it and am now going to try a slightly different model. Woss makes about 12 different ones. If anybody is interested, talk to me…
Back to the Karate: Much to my surprise, our tiny Tucson contingent was summarily ordered to dress out for class. We subsequently participated in was it turns out, is a very conditioning-oriented Saturday session. Skill drills, quick feet, ladder drills first, then segway into technique/karate quick drills. We then focused on some basic Kihon exercises for a large contingent of children and their “handlers”. The kids were great!
I love seeing how children acquire (or don’t), a new technique. Once we finished up with beginners, the intermediate and advanced continued with a similar, Kihon-based class. Basics, Basics, Basics.
Then, a kyu test for Matt and Tony. Both young karate-ka survived and went on to their next grade, Matt is now a 3rd kyu, entitling him to wear the brown belt, while Tony is now a 5th kyu and is sporting a blue belt. Congratulations to both!
Matt was nursing a pulled hamstring which tends to clash particularly nastily with Tekki-Shodan’s deep Kiba-Dachi. It was noticeable, especially during power movements such as both double-punch moments, however, Sensei Coburn was well aware of the issue and had no problem with Matt’s general skill level.
We were also able to meet and greet with some of the “Usual Suspects” amongst which were Sergei and Paul.
We three wound up eating at the Fiesta Mall’s Food Court. A tasty selection is available. I went for Mexican, Matt went Hong Kong Chinese and Tony did the Japanese teriyaki chicken.
Tony then split for his return to Prescott. By the way: My heart goes out to the families of the elite firefighter unit that perished fighting the latest wildfire outbreak. May they rest in peace.
Sensei C advised everyone that principal training with an eye on the next Nationals begins in earnest in July. We have already begun to work on a similar shedule in Tucson, as you may have noticed our conditioning drills increasing, ( Ask Damon…).
TISKF will be coming regularly to the Mesa dojo, off Alma School Road. Several of our members are interested in training with the ISKF Nationals in mind. Onward to Cincinnatti!!!