30th , 2016
week's thought is from
Sensei Rob Neff, Yon-Dan
The Count Cadence, Spirit & Timing
Onegai shimasu Hanshi, Kyoshi, Sensei & fellow Deshi,
During our recent Black Belt workout Hanshi went to great lengths to ensure that the count was given correctly during basics. He was extremely generous in his corrections to make sure we got it right. When leading the count during basics across the deck in class use the following guidelines:?
Follow the sequence as outlined in the 50th Anniversary
Commemorative Journal, The Traditional USRKUSA Workout
section as stated on pages 24 and 25. ?
Most importantly, pause to let the class gather themselves and prepare for "battle," then say Ichi loudly in a similar manner to a short loud Kiai.? Continue the count until the count of 10 or until the group reaches the wall.?Do NOT count Ichi, Ni, Ichi, Ni but rather Ichi, Ni, San, Shi.
Example: Zenkutusu Dachi, Gedan Barai, Hidari Ashi Mae, Hidari Te. (Optional) - Forward leaning stance, Down Block, Left Foot, Left Hand. (Optional) Strike the pose. PAUSE Everyone gathers himself/herself for battle. Ichi! (short & loud like a kiai.)
When the group is ready to turn announce the turn with the same spirit: "Mawate" pause to let group gather themselves then "Ich." ?
Embrace the pause between counts as well. 1 ½ to 2 second between each technique.?
The same spirit and pause for counting should be used for warm-ups?and Kata.