The latest JKS England Black and Brown belt training session was held on Sunday 21st August in Nottingham and saw Head of JKS England Alan Campbell Sensei 6th Dan put everyone through their paces.
The session began with warms ups before Alan Sensei announcing that the rest of the session will be based around tube training. It had been some time since we had tube training on a black and brown belt course and the announcement filled many of those experienced in tube training with mixed emotions of dread and excitement and those that had never done it before with a feeling of bewilderment as to what would happen next.
Participants were first drilled without tubes on the kihon combinations that were to be remembered and then asked to find suitable partners plus a tube and the hard work began. Much of the lesson revolved around kihon drills with one person being the "anchor" and one performing the kihon drills in repetitions all the time being reminded by Alan Sensei to keep the correct form.
Everyone was then asked to make groups of three where a really interesting exercise took place with two "anchors" and one person performing selected Heian Kata. Each anchor person had specific positions to be it at each move. The exercise made participants really focus on moving from the centre of the body and have a good connection from the floor during each transition and stance.
Finally we practised specific kumite combinations as a group of three which was exhausting but good fun and the culmination of what was a hard but enjoyable tube training experience which demonstrated the many benefits of this kind of training.
JKS Instructor training followed with a solid one hour class on the kata Bassai Dai.
The next Black and Brown belt training course is Sunday 2nd October 2016 which includes an Open Squad training immediately afterwards.