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What Are the Elements of a Great Karate Class?

Posted May 21 2009 10:02pm
Did you ever walk out the dojo door and think, "Wow, that was a great class"?

I have said that on many occasions for different reasons. It could be a result of an excellent instructor, training partners or topic. Perhaps during the class you made a connection...an "ah ha moment". It may have been an independent workout...just you and space to train.

A few weeks ago, I left the dojo and said, "That was a great class." It was a two hour class on augment blocks. It doesn't sound like it would be a great class...but it was. Two hours discussing one technique in depth. The class worked on the different levels of augment blocks. We spent at least a half an hour on the prep. We examined the augment block in context to the sequence it appears in kata. We discussed how the augment block can be used as a simultaneous block and strike, a lock, a break or two strikes.

In your opinion, what are the elements of a great karate class? An example?
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