—Are you breathing?
—Stop. The rest of you keep going. Tracy, come over here.
It’s the second Saturday of the month, which means advanced class. We’re doing continuous slow speed monkey line, with special emphasis on transitions from one attacker to the next.
—What are you thinking about?
—I don’t know.
—Yes you do. When you’re not focused on what you’re doing, you’re thinking about something else. What are you worried about?
Sifu knows me too well.
—I’m worried I’m not going to do it right.
—All you have to do is keep breathing and extend your energy. That’s the only “right”. You have the techniques. They will come out. We’re just putting a little extra attention on the transition.
I rejoined the attackers, then took my turn at defending. It felt different. Everything flowed. I dispatched each attacker in turn, smoothly, calmly.
Afterwards, Jason asked, what did Sifu say to you? When you came back, you kicked butt.