weeks technique is submitted by Sensei Bob Dobrow, Yon-Dan
seem counter-intuitive, but in order to develop explosive
precise focus, and lightning speed, we should train slowly!
Traditional Class," contained in our 50th Anniversary
Commemorative Journal, it is written that "Hanshi Scaglione
down that the class should be 50% to 60% kata practice.
includes performing at least 10 kata: five at half speed
technique, followed by three with snap focusing on speed,
and two at full
speed and power. While it is impossible to include every
exercise in each
class, we never compromise on the time or effort spent in
a full half of our all-important kata practice should be
slowly is absolutely necessary to learn, develop and correct
our technique. Years ago, an instructor told me that when
you are immersed in jello! I love this imagery which has
stayed with me
over the years. The intent is to emphasize slowness and
your kata slowly and with intention - focus on breathing,
the different muscle groups, feel the shoulders and back
stretch as the
arm and elbow come back for an effective wind-up, relax
heels into the ground, knees relaxed and loose, energy in
body aligned, visualize, and SAVOR the movement and the
the following two videos on slow practice.
first is by violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman. In the first
90 seconds of
the video Perlman discusses the importance of practicing
second video shows golfer Ben Hogan (1912-1997), considered
one of the
greatest players in the history of the game. Watch him practice
super-slow golf swing. (It looks like the film is slowed
down, but it is
not as you can see in the background.)
was known to practice more than any other golfer of his
contemporaries and is said to have "invented practice."
said, "You hear stories about me beating my brains
out practicing, but...
I was enjoying myself. I couldn't wait to get up in the
morning so I could
hit balls. When I'm hitting the ball where I want, hard
and crisply, it's
a joy that very few people experience."
the joy in practicing slow!
Sensei Bob Dobrow, Yon-Dan