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12/01/2012: Shihan Class
Once again the Instructers of Region 9 and Region 23 benefitted from Shihan Stacy Karetsian spending a few weeks early in the New Year back home in Adelaide with family. It is an ideal opportunity for him to catch up with the locals and take a Combined Senior Class. It may have been only the second week back training, but around 50 Instructors, including over 30 Black Belts, from Region 9 and Region 23 attended the session at Secombe High School Gym. After the Bow in and welcoming remarks by Sensei James, Shihan took over proceedings and announced that following a short basics session, the rest of the session would be devoted to Kata.
Shihan got straight into the basics session, a lot which was done in stance
moving through. He stressed the importance of the timing of techniques in
relation to the completion of the stance transition and the resultant
effectiveness of the techniques. He also spoke on correct use of hip rotation
which was also something that needed to be taken into consideration, either
striking or blocking.
The session lasted around 2.5 hours with the solid work on individual kata with feedback from Shihan proving most beneficial. At the end of the class, Sensei James thanked Shihan for his attendance and instruction throughout the night. It was a good way to start the year and greatly assists not only those recently graded and learning new Kata but also those experienced who gain finer points and feedback from Shihan on their progress.