Day 1 – back at it! – OJ – triggered salute.

Well, so a buddy of mine had some sort of altercation. I didn’t get details. And he’s looking to get some exercise, and pick up self defense. He’s dropped in our other sessions before but really never kept it up.

I decided to start him on a striking based art rather than Jiu Jitsu. His size… he just needs to land on good shot and the fight is over. So best to work with his natural ability and go from here. Honestly, I need to get back at it too. Gonna close our this OJ belt before Christmas. I want an excuse for a new gi🙂

We spent about 15 min working some basic footwork drills. Left step, right, forward and backward. Largely borrowed form muay thai drills.

From there I had to him work his jab, then cross. Covering the concepts of conrtadictory motion. Once he was beat up from punches, we went into a basic snap kick. Then snap kick to sword hand. Covering marriage of gravity.

After about 30 minutes of pad work and a refining basics. I talked finer points of feet planting and motion. Kenpo vs Boxing/MT vs Jiu Jitsu thoughts on the strategy. I pushed him to work on his toes, if only for more exercise for now.

Closed off working two techniques. Delayed sword and then triggerd salute.

I added Triggered salute rather than another yellow belt move honestly, just to practice for myself.

Thoughts were mainly I can’t keep his punches straight, still wobbly. Can’t get him to really ” follow though” his his knife hand in delayed sword. Otherwise I would call that a perfect day 1 for anyone. Plan is to meet Wednesday again.

Basic plan is to do the same thing next week.

Yard trainin’

We trained in the yard today. A lot of folks walking up to watch. A little bit.. embarrassing.

Today we put an hour in on –
Triggered Salute
Clutching feathers
Lone Kimono
Glancing Salute
Crossing Talon
Gift of Destruction

+35 minute jog.

Jogging + OJ belt stuff

We already know every OJ belt move at this point.Having done them all to varying degree. Now I need to get thm memorized by name, clean up off sides.

Went for a jog and worked out, outside today with buddy. 26 techniques in OJ belt. We’re hoping to do 4 a weekend. So 12 weeks and Ill be ready to test.

Today 10 minutes back and forward reps of triggered salute, then 10 more minutes of Clutching feathers. Plus 20+ something minutes of watching Geoff’s vidoes.

Working My Kicks and working on my kitchen

Was training today at my gym and a buddy ran up and dropped a standing straight choke on me and I went straight into alternating maces. I thought that was funny.

Over all two things are still stopping me from testing out of yellow right now.
1) My kitchen is getting work done, so the home gym is going to be a staging area for most of summer.
2) My kicks are not there yet.

Working on those kicks every chance I get. I’d say I am about 50% accurate with them now, and maintaining my balance maybe 80% of the time on my strong side and 50% on my weak. Nothing belt worthy.

I am probably forgetting the techniques. But I lost my area to train them. But I am sure a week or two of strong review before testing out should do it.




Core Strength Improving, back on track

Seeing improvements in balance, although I would hardly call my kicks “dangerous” landing these would be annoying but hardy any impact on the outcome of a fight or even to setup an escape. My punching power is years ahead of my kicking.

That said I am opening my workouts back up to include the Kenpo techniques, since I am forgetting them!

Anyhow, a dozen of the kicking set on both sides.
30 minutes of leg and core stretching misc. exercises.
Reviewed half a dozen OJ belts moves.

So plan is review one Kenpo move a day for the next 20 something days, while continuing to work core strength. Then by end of June, try and do everything from memory and send in a demo to see how I am doing.

I also heard there is a American Kenpo school about an hour drive from here. I was thinking of poking my head in to see it in person. Not planning on leaving my gym or anything. But just for fun.