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    Default What is a day in YOUR class like?

    I thought it might be interesting to give each other a snap-shot of what a day in class is like in each of our styles. I know I am always wondering what everyone else is doing in class.

    I know most folks change it up quite a bit each night but what are some of the things you do in your class?

    Kara-Ho Kempo
    6pm-8pm (Open workout afterwards usually)
    Bow in
    Light calisthenics like running in place etc.
    Push ups, many types knuckles on bricks, monkey knuckles, fingertips (for all you youthful strong folks! LOL)
    Sit-ups, again many types
    Yoga style stretching
    This upper portion is usually pretty similar and takes about 30-40 minutes
    Water break

    Class is then broken up by rank we usually have a BB for about every 3-5 students.
    Techniques are reviewed and worked.
    Kata's are usually done outside the house since they are BIG and take a lot of room. LOL
    Same with weapons
    We usually try to incorporate kicking and punching drills in each class, shoulder rolls are involved in almost every class also-
    We bow out and students/ teachers are welcome to stick around and practice on their own- if we are lucky Grandmaster Kuoha will be cooking in the house and we can partake in that as well!

    Obviously there are hundreds of drills and exercises so classes are quite different but these are the most common in Kara-Ho where I train.

    How about you folks?
    The above is just my opinion.

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    Smile Re: What is a day in YOUR class like?

    Seldom are any 2 classes exactly alike at the DMA school. Having a reasonably small group, I tend to tailor each class, based upon who is present on any given night.

    However, I'll try to sketch in a random evening class.

    6:30pm - We Come to attention, say the Creed and bow in. (I stress this, as we tend to be a rather informal group, so the opening and closing of class if often the peak of Formality)

    We have an optional Conditioning Workout from 6:30-7pm, those who don't partake of MY workout, are to be warmed, stretched and ready for Class proper by 7pm.

    The workout, begins with some cardio to get the blood going, and increase the heartrate, before stretching. After stretching, we move into what we affectionately term..."Fun" (mostly cuz it's so much fun when it's over) We vary this, too so no one gets too comfortable with any single workout, but again, a random set of fun might be:

    10 R. Front Snap kicks, followed by 10-90 degree leg raises and 10 push-ups
    10 L. Front Snap kicks, followed by 10-90 degree leg raises and 10 push-ups
    10 R Roundhouse kicks, followed by 10-90 degree leg raises and 10 push-ups
    Same Left
    10 R Side Snap Kicks, followed by 10-90 degree leg raises and 10 push-ups
    Same Left
    10 R hook kicks, followed by 10-90 degree leg raises and 10 push-ups
    Same Left
    10 R Back Snap kicks, followed by 10-90 degree leg raises and 10 push-ups
    Same Left
    10 R chicken kicks, followed by 10-90 degree leg raises and 10 push-ups
    10 Random kicks, both sides, followed by 10-90 degree leg raises and 10 push-ups
    This is all done with no pauses between each rep.
    We then will do the alphabet, in cursive with the right leg, large and flowing script.
    Repeat Left
    Brief break, to slow heartrate and drink if needed.

    Class Proper:
    We will typically then do all the katas in succession, from bottem to top, as students run out of forms, they repeat the ones they are responsible for, as the remainder of the class continues til the highest rank has done his/her highest form.

    Frequently we will work some type of paired drills at this point.

    We will then often set up stations of Basics, Techniques, Kata and Arnis and rotate the students through the various stations, so everyone gets some time at everything and with a variety of teachers.

    Some nights (depending on those present) we'll gear up and play some tag.

    Review what we accomplished and try to see if there is something specific that need be covered next class.

    9pm Line-up, bow out and the line circles past the teachers...(where we do our secret Sam Pai handsake )

    Then I usually stuggle for the next 3-5 hours to get the die-hards to go home!!!
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