KSTSK WorkshopsPublished 08/12/2013
KSTSK Workshops: Next week is the final KSTSK Kyu grading examinations for this year. Those that are attempting their next grade have all been working very hard in the club training sessions as well as outside the dojo. The recent classes I've delivered over the past few weeks have been high paced guided syllabus based sessions. This week I've chosen to run what I call workshops. 

These sessions on the surface, are more informal than the usual classes. The idea is that everyone chooses the particular material from their syllabus to work on. Either working on their own or in pairs, everyone uses the time to run through the requirements at their own pace. Usually the adults nominate a section of the syllabus that requires more confidence in order to bring it up in standard. Others choose to work on some feedback that I've given in previous sessions with the goal of making the corrections stick by the end of the session. Those running through set sparring focus on repetition of the set defences and attacks whilst iteratively building speed, power and intensity. The same stepwise approach is applied to Kata practice. Today, one student was working intensely on the end section of Heian Godan, where the stance changes are sharp and distinct. After a few slow and deliberate performances of that particular section, the whole kata was drilled several times. Then other Kata were drilled, and in between each of those was another run through of Heain Godan. The junior brown belts worked in a small group, and started working through each section of their grading requirements directly from their syllabus document.

During all of this, I spend several minutes with each person/group in a circuit like fashion providing guidance, coaching and clarifying points of uncertainty. Doing this workshop style session every few weeks, we find, not only adds variety but also empowers everyone to take responsibility for their weaker areas of the grading requirements. For the juniors, it is a great way to raise confidence and remind themselves just how much they already know too. 

All the best to everyone next week!

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