He will be visiting Boston for two weeks, from oct. 28 through early on nov. 4.
He has been training with Sensei Uehara in Tokyo all that time.
When he comes back to Brandeis, he will be introducing some great Uechi concepts he learned in Japan.
van! great to hear from you!
as far as training goes, they spend they most time on kumite on sanchin,
conditioning and kumite. although they also do kata and free sparring as
well, there's far less emphasis on them. perhaps home practice for kata is
expected? i don't know, it hasn't been communicated to me verbally.
there is a strict emphasis placed on landing a step first, then blocking,
then punching. none of the moves are practiced simultaneously, even at the
black belt level. they are timed extremely close together, but there's
still that separation.
one of my favorite aspects of the uehara dojo are that all kumite
sequences end in take-downs. it's not "jiu-jitsu being brought into
uechi," it's simply part of the curriculum, so that even white belts are
doing rolls and throws.
another is the kingai sanchin, which is a sanchin done with extreme
resistance from a partner. the strikes are done with closed fists as your
partner leverages his body weight against your movements. it's like doing
sanchin through half-set concrete, tough and invigorating.
i'll see what i can do about making a video of one of our routine
take care, and i'll see you soon! can't wait...
It sounds great. Can't wait either, Seth, and looking forward to learning all this from you.
Have a safe trip.