A Ligo Dojo Technical Committee? Saturday 6 AM, April 27

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Ligo Dojo Technical Committee Members practicing kata with Sai.

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Application of Sai vs. Boken (wooden sword).

Some good advice here for all Ligo Dojo students. Please read. You’ll note that I’m discussing a particular group, but the advice applies to everyone, and there’s come critical advice here within. Read below.

This morning was our 4th Saturday, 6 AM, seeing what we can do to form a Ligo Dojo Technical Committee class. A fancy term, but all it means is forming a contact group that moves a step beyond and takes the technical aspect of the training to a new level. We started with five adults, and now have four. The expectation is that we meet once a week for 2 hours for a year, that students never miss a class, and that it’s always a 3rd class per week, i.e. that they’re always present in at least 2 regular classes per week, so that they can help raise the standard in the regular classes by example. In theory, any adult students that can make that commitment are welcome to join. More on that below, because there are a couple strict requirements. This group plans to go to Japan next year for the instructors seminar with Kancho Royama. Continue reading

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Notes from Wednesday, April 3, Class in Chapel Hill

ImageWe had a good beginner’s level adult class tonight in Chapel Hill with 14 students, only 5 colored belts, and 2 of those, visiting children. (The photo is not from tonight.) Since we had so many white belts, we focused on basic technique and practiced taikyoku kata 1,2 and sanchin, as wells as some kumite, and kihon. I made a couple points it would behoove all my students to keep in mind.

1. Learn a new kata in one class: That’s your responsibility. It used to be, in the old days at Ligo Dojo, students would leave a class not knowing a kata that was taught, and come back in the next night, still not knowing it, and so on, until, believe it or not, it became habit for students of that era to learn passively, instead of actively, as all my students are now learning. We’ve come a long way since then and raised the bar. Continue reading