It’s the first week of class after the “jumping jack” belt test. Most, if not all of us, still have some lingering discomfort from that memorable event. But we are back, and glad to move on to new material (and two minute intervals).
This night I partner up with Carlos (aka “Stallion”). Partnering up with Carlos is always a learning opportunity (regardless of how long you have been in class) and tonight is no exception. We begin by going over the first part of the form: left cover, right cover, left hook, right cross. Carlos holds first and I begin the form. All goes well and Carlos and I get into it. His hits to my cover and my responding left hook and cross all increase in intensity until the interval is over. Now it’s Carlos turn.
Holding pads, like learning a new form, takes practice. Lots of practice. Knowing how to hold the pads, as well as knowing the receiving side of the form is critical to being a good partner. Making a mistake while holding pads could be very dangerous to both you and your partner. Especially if a mistake is made while going full speed and full power.
We continue with the form. Both Carlos and I are frustrated. In the end Carlos slows down a little and I speed up a little and we get through the drill. But neither one of us is happy. As always there are multiple lessons to be learned here. The bottom line is that you can always improve. Sometimes you just need a Carlos hook or cross to point it out. Yeah Yeah…