Last night before the karate-dream fairy came to me, I had a thought which I duly recorded on a padI keep on the nightstand for just such purposes...
It seems to me like there is a distinct diffference between "training vs. a 'feed'" and "training vs. an 'attack'".
To me a 'feed' is any agressive action that is NOT an 'all in' 'antything goes' attack. 'Feeds'-- even 'intense', deliberate feeds of multuiple motions-- are structured in nature. Generally, they are 'known' to both sides in advance.
'Attacks' by contrast, as I am attempting to define them here, are spontaneous and UN-structured in nature.
I had a frustrating night in class last night because I was trying to get students to do the latter and they just weren't getting it... I wanted them to go slowly, and pick quality shots, but to do so while moving in 'free action'-- albeit slow-medium speed motion free action. What I got was mostly a bunch of crappy psuedo-boxing.
So, my first thought was, 'my guys need more technical training'-- i.e. the kind that would proceed vs. established or 'known' feeds. But I don't really think that's the answer. They all know 'enough' material that they could have taken better shots. They just werren't doing it. So, I'll own that as an instructional failure and not put it on them.
If you think about it, most 'technical' training we do in the dojo is vs. 'feeds'. Those feeds can be well-intentioned, intense shots. But generally, there is a 'stop' at some point where the 'attacker' role 'holds' their motoion for the 'defender' role to do something.
Even so called 'sparring' drills are frequently delimited... just hands, just these motoions, just rolling, just g&p, whatever. And I recognzie those as necessary 'briding games'.
By contrast, 'all in' free-motion drills are complete chaos. And, understandably, you would expect to see somewhat of a 'degredation' in quality at this level. But, how do you incentivize students to perform such that the 'best' quality motion comes out? This was a beginners class, but I was still quite disappointed in thier seeming inability to 'bridge' between fully-spelled-out actions and fully-spontaneous actions. LIke I said, what I got was a bunch of mostly 'bad' clinching and punching. LOL, I guess it looked like a 'real' fight. But I was pretty disappointed in the low 'percentage of application' that I was getting yesterday.
Any thoughts on closing this gap?