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    I had a great class last night. It was one of those cool nights where things flowed well, we covered a lot of material and everyone had fun.

    We did the century drill warm-up, worked on a lockflow drill (that I learned from Jason Arnold -- thanks Jason!), did some stance change drills, did a 'random attack' technique line, then cooled down with striking set, coordination set and stance set 1.

    Prior to class starting, most of the students were there to run techniques with each other, which was also a ton of fun.


    So, what's one of your best classes? And what made it the best?

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    It should say 'your' best class.
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    My best class was when a 10 year old kid told me that :

    Lone Kimono was nothing more than star block.

    I had to write that down !!!!!!!!

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    My best class had nothing to do with techniques or drills or anything like that. For an advanced class we had an option of going out into a field and getting hit with pepperspray, then defending ourselves from an attacker who was in full Blauer suite armor while under the effects. I got hit once and I must not have got a good stream because it just felt like I had soap in my eyes, after I took the guy down and backed off and called 911 on a cell phone (with the batterys out) and explained where I was and what happened (which was all part of what we had to do. We had to get hit, take the guy out, then call 911 tell them who you were, where you were, and what happened then you could go and start washing the OC spray out), I said I didn't think I got hit good enough and wanted to do it again. That second blast got me damn good and I learned a ton about pain management, and what the body can do when you have goal to reach. You can push through the pain and trouble breathing when the adrenaline is rushing, but once I hit the point where I had to talk on the phone, it was like my world crashed in on me. Lesson learned was your body will take care of itself and you can push through pain and other distractions to defend yourself if I had to, but once I had time to thing about how it felt, that was where mental toughness is really a challenge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blind_Tiger View Post
    My best class had nothing to do with techniques or drills or anything like that. For an advanced class we had an option of going out into a field and getting hit with pepperspray, then defending ourselves from an attacker who was in full Blauer suite armor while under the effects. I got hit once and I must not have got a good stream because it just felt like I had soap in my eyes, after I took the guy down and backed off and called 911 on a cell phone (with the batterys out) and explained where I was and what happened (which was all part of what we had to do. We had to get hit, take the guy out, then call 911 tell them who you were, where you were, and what happened then you could go and start washing the OC spray out), I said I didn't think I got hit good enough and wanted to do it again. That second blast got me damn good and I learned a ton about pain management, and what the body can do when you have goal to reach. You can push through the pain and trouble breathing when the adrenaline is rushing, but once I hit the point where I had to talk on the phone, it was like my world crashed in on me. Lesson learned was your body will take care of itself and you can push through pain and other distractions to defend yourself if I had to, but once I had time to thing about how it felt, that was where mental toughness is really a challenge.
    wow that's impressive. And great to know you can get through a situation like that.

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    My best classes are when I can lose myself in the material. When I'm stressed or depressed, to just let all that go and move makes me feel great.
    When my husband passed, I was at the dojo 5 days a week, it helped.
    And tonight will be great too, because I had to deal with an upset 12 yo who was mad at me because I didn't know the population of Japan in 500 AD

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    I don't know that I can pick out just one. The class I teach in the morning has developed a following of about 8-10 adults that are there all the time. They come to class with some trepidation, knowing they're going to finish sweaty and exhausted, yet they also know it's going to be a lot of fun and that they're going to laugh and learn along the way. I often find them outside the school talking an hour after the class has ended, and they all go to lunch once, or twice a month together. Based on that, the comraderie and atmosphere in the class make it an extremely rewarding one to teach. The students want to be there, and love what they're doing. I can't ask for anything more than that.
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    My "Best" class?
    I think it'd have to have been a night in which we went through a GOOD number of techs, and then started working them in a variety of drills.

    I know, doesn't sound all that special, but really it was the sense of brotherhood and togetherness that pervaded the school at the time....the fact that we covered a good amount of material and really had the energy PUMPIN...!! ...and that everyone, from different levels of proficiency, felt challenged. By the end of the class, we'd run about two hours OVER...and nobody had realized that much time had gone by.

    Love those nights!!!!!!!!!!!! NEED MORE OF'm....! (but then, I always will)


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    There is one class that I recall and talk about regularly. It was way back when I was a blue belt.

    My sifu, on a whim, simply decided to go ahead and test me and a buddy (my room mate at the time) for advanced blue. We had been practicing techniques earlier and he was impressed.

    We beat the living hell out of each other. We were so tight with our execution that sifu only asked to see two techniques twice and that was because he liked what he saw so much he just wanted to see them again!

    The next day I was pissin' blood from the kidney shots I took and my buddy had a broken rib. We were both bruised badly and could barely move. But I tell you, I don't think I've ever been that "ON" before or since. We may have been battered and bruised, but we felt invincible for a while after that class!
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    I always love (re)teaching mid-level to advanced students Star Block set (or anything that opens their eyes).
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    Quote Originally Posted by amylong View Post
    So, what's one of your best classes? And what made it the best?

    --Amy
    Every class is my best class.

    Because I have the student's acquistion of proper skills as my dominant intention.

    I make sure they know why they are doing what they do.

    They can do what I teach.

    Know the master keys and can expand them for their life skills.

    They leave the class full of sweat, a great sense of humor, and vastly hungry for more.

    And they leave with a love and a respect for Kenpo that more than matches their highest criteria.

    Dr. JOHN M. La TOURRETTE

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