Sifu Patty taught class last night. She had us alternating forms (stay together! snap back those kicks!) with Pilates exercises. Crazy situps and leg lifts, pushups and arm flutters. Man that Pilates stuff is a wicked ab workout.
We also practiced slow speed street fighting with knives. Practice knives, not real ones fortunately. We don’t train with live blades except in very carefully controlled circumstances.
Practicing with Sifu Patty, she will put the beat down on you. Pulll a knife on her and you have just made the worst mistake of your sorry little life. I don’t have that killer drive (yet). Something more to work on.
Partly I know I hold back because I don’t want to offend my training partners. That’s okay when working with underbelts, to avoid overwhelming them, but when working with other brown and brown-black belts, I should make them afraid of me – without tensing up or muscling up, of course.
And don’t forget to breathe.