General Class Information:
Please make sure you have something to eat prior to coming to class. I recommend something light that has protein to sustain you through a morning of heavy exercise. Protein bars worked well for me and I also recommend vitamin water to alternate with plain water. This will keep you hydrated and keep your energy up throughout the long morning. I cannot stress enough that you are now training to be a top tier athlete, you must treat your body with respect and care to reflect that.
My class will begin at 7:15AM on Saturday in order to allow for a good warm up. All other classes at the dojo are scheduled at times when people have been up and active for hours. For this class most people will be coming in after sleeping all night and muscles will be cold. The early time frame will give you all the chance to get your blood flowing, your muscles warm, a bit of stretching in and hopefully prevent injury from starting cold. Yeah, it stinks to get up that early on Saturday but you only have to do it for 6 months.
This class is focused primarily on forms and is the only class offered where you can practice all 15 forms during one class. In general I will start off by running through all 15 and then focusing in on the forms that need to be checked off.
1. You will come to class with something in your stomach.
2. You will arrive on time by 7:15 ready to begin your warm up.
3. You will practice all 15 forms on your own throughout the week for memorization. Without memorization we cannot work on technique. Eventually it will take 20-25 minutes to run all your forms back to back. My expectation is that you will do all your forms 4 or 5 times a week and run them mentally on off days.
4. You will give me your best when you are on the floor. You should always look as good as when you are trying to get a form checked off.
5. You will work on your fitness requirements throughout the week.
As a general guideline:
- Run 3 times a week
- Do roundkicks on the bags whenever you are at the dojo - start with 100 and work your way up each week.
- Do your 100 pushups 3 times a week. Work in sets, vary your methods but get these in.
- Do more abdominal exercises than just your 100 crunches. Everything we do in martial arts comes from our core. The stronger yours is, the easier this process will be.
Remember, all the current Black Belts are here to help you. Good luck on your journey!