We put the students in the middle to evaluate our starting point. “Bow to your partner. Slow, circular sparring with both people attacking and both people defending.” I said.
They sparred and switched people a few times in ten minutes, then we divided them into six groups and sent them to the edges of the field to train.
There had been some floppy and undirected movement so I chose to teach structure and targeting.
After about 20 minutes I called out, “Yamae! Stop! Rotate.”
“Hey! We need more time!” Sensei Jeremy responded.
“5 minutes?” I asked.
I got a nod and an, “Os!” so we went for a few more minutes, then rotated to the next instructor.
“Bow to your partner!” and we started sparring again. This time the instructors joined in the fight.
We continued on in this fashion for four hours! We enjoyed the model because it allowed people to acquire a new technique, then immediately apply it. The progressive learning that happened for each student was impressive.
The next time that people sparred, their stances were better and they were flowing more like my Kung Fu friends. I turned to the right and I saw fast hand techniques that mimicked the Filipino stick fighting of Sensei Aaron.
While we were taking a break in the middle of the morning, a game of leap frog was instigated by my daughter, Jordan, and soon involved 30-40 people. Best karate camp Sunday, ever!