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Old 11-Apr-2006, 10:19 AM
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First KSW Experiences

Well i did it.... i made it the whole 35 miles to the Liverpool club and didnt get lost

Had my very first lesson last night at with Master Watson He seemed like a very good instructor, and had time for his students.

We did a stretching warm up, most in the class was extra bendy, i cant even touch my toes

I did some basic kicks, basic hand combos ( name escapes me) got up to 5 with the self defence techs (name escapes me) and had a bash at the first form ( unsuprisingly the name escapes me )

Found the kicks ok, they were more or less the same as what i did in TKD, found the hand combos more difficult in the sense that they felt really weak and wofty... in TKD we never really did that much hand combo work. As for the form dont think i'll have a prob remembering them, i just need to "un TKD" it and do them soft and flowingly

Came away with very aching legs, the stances are soooo much lower than TKD going back for some more on Wednesday

What was everyone elses first experience like? (in KSW)
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Old 11-Apr-2006, 10:33 AM
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The most important question is....

Did you enjoy it?

Master Watson only smiles when people are sweating! lol.....
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Old 11-Apr-2006, 10:46 AM
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Yes really enjoyed it, especially the self defence joint locking and pressure point stuff..... going back for more tomorrow which i ve been told will be different than Mondays class... so who knows what ill be doing ( all be it doing it very badly) i dont mind being the usless one for a while

People were sweating buckets
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Old 11-Apr-2006, 11:16 AM
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Thats great to hear.

Don't think of it as "doing it very badly". Think of yourself as more of a scupltor. Look at yourself as a ball of clay. With time you will strip away all the unnecessary clay and be left with the finished product so to speak - a work of art that you will be happy with.

Think I'll give Master Watson a quick call to say you said the class was easy and that you need pushed harder on Wednesday night....
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Old 11-Apr-2006, 11:23 AM
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I was there you did well. Most important you, were and are willin to learn the new techniques and adapt yourself to the particular KS 'style'.

That lesson was a very 'easy' one compared to some we do...
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Old 11-Apr-2006, 11:32 AM
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Lets see if i can cast my mind back to my first class..........................

the mists clear from my hazy mind and i see me, feeling a little apprehensive about walking in. Inside I remember a load of people stretching a bit before class and going over to the instructor to introduce myself. I sit down just before class and scope out everyone. There is a huge black belt guy on one side of the mat, I think he's scarey. lol near him is a smaller guy seems a bit of a joker he's a dbn, they seem good friends. I look around some more theres a group of red belts who are a few years below me at school. One seems a bit more serious than the others. And some new white belts, phew i'm not alone. lol
The class starts with a warm up, oh my god i am so inflexible its funny well it must be to everyone else. We do some basic kicking again, I'm never going to get this, I have balance issues on 2 legs particulary on friday and saturday nights. Hand strikes from a horse stance, this just gets worse i feel like i'll never get this. but then this shorter blackbelt who i haven't noticed before comes over and says hey you're doing well keep it up. I know him from school another friendly face
Techniques follow yeah name escaped me for ages too, then my blackbelt friend starts to teach us a form, again the name was a mystery. Anyone would think they were talking a different language, oh they are. And we finish with some basic break falling that the dbn friend of the monster takes. I was right he is funny. And those red belts don't half fly around loads on the other side of the mat.

Skip forward 15 years. Now I'm the intimidatory blackbelt that sits at the side of the mat, but i remember how that felt so i make myself the funny DBN. The intimidatory monster is now my instructor but somewhere along the line he became one of my best mates too. The funny DBN well he has his 4th degree, still makes me laugh and is another I call friend first. The red belt group has been depleted to the more serious looking one. Yeah he's my friend too,(though it was close there for a bit ) and still jumping around loads. He posts a lot of vids on this forum you may know him Throughout the many lessons since then, I have changed my main instructor, lost many training partners and gained many more friends. I remember the names of the techniques, forms, and kicks on a good day. Which is handy when you ae teaching. But its always a challenge that never changes.

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Old 11-Apr-2006, 11:35 AM
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Think of yourself as more of a scupltor. Look at yourself as a ball of clay. With time you will strip away all the unnecessary clay and be left with the finished product so to speak - a work of art that you will be happy with.
That is very deep and meaning full so early in the morning hopefull the end product wont be a sausage I m not very good at art

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Think I'll give Master Watson a quick call to say you said the class was easy and that you need pushed harder on Wednesday night....
Dont think we need to go there , the room on Wednesday is a huge hall, i can only image all the things that can be done in such a huge space, i prob end up in a big heap on the floor
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Old 11-Apr-2006, 12:34 PM
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Art comes in all different shapes and sizes...we all have different opinions on whats good and bad so don't worry about being bad at art...

Yeah it was a bit deep...need to cut back on the coffee!!

Don't need to call master watson....theres always a need...

Oh yeah...theres no probably about it...you will end up a heap on the floor!!!

Everyone does!
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Old 11-Apr-2006, 03:31 PM
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Silentmonk....wow thats a great recolection.... i can only just remember what i did yesterday

But i must introduce you to a friend of mine Ms Para Graphs (her sister plays tennis)

No more caffiene for Unknown Entity before we start getting Bruce Lee quotes

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That lesson was a very 'easy' one compared to some we do...
Not sure i like the phrase very easy I think the floor has most def got my name on it for Wednesday
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Old 11-Apr-2006, 03:37 PM
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I don't remember my VERY first lesson, but I had my first class in two months last night. I've been laying off because of pateller tendonitis and the first day back we do the 1000 kick routine (which took about an hour) and then I spent another hour working on techs and going through my forms. It hurts to walk this morning, but it's well worth it. It's great to be back at the grind.
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Old 11-Apr-2006, 05:12 PM
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i don't really remember a great deal about my first lesson in terms of what i did.

my first lesson was the first of a new school so i was quite lucky that i didn't feel too awkward because we were all new and none of us had a dobok or belt. to this day there are only two people left of all those that went to the first ever lesson at the club which now has a different principal instructor and has changed location numerous times.
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Old 11-Apr-2006, 11:43 PM
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I can barely remember my first intro lessons. I think PSBN Alana taught the first, and then-KSN CJ taught the second. Even though Brian wasn't signing up (yet ), he joined me at one of them.

A lot of the two intro lessons were a review of kicks and punches, reminding me of the TKD I'd done so many years before. The main thing that was new to me was the mental drill, the first and second most important ideas.

It felt good to be getting back into MA, even with just that little bit. It also felt wierd to be going on the floor in street clothes for the first, and with no belt for the second. I actually got to do a cartwheel again, I hadn't done one in YEARS, and that was awesome.

But I definitely felt like I actually earned the white belt, rather than just being given it.
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Old 12-Apr-2006, 05:36 AM
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My first lesson was pretty great. In one hour, I got easily 15 minutes of one-on-one instructor time, and there were a lot of people there. But every moment of it was wonderful, because it was all new to me. I joined because I like learning stuff, and and that happened constantly for an entire hour.
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Old 12-Apr-2006, 07:41 AM
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1,000 Kick thing?

dave fly 76- (Or anyone for that matter) What is the 1,000 kick drill? I need kicking drills for home---

Thanks and sorry to derail this topic, as I am not KSW (I like reading your guys/gals forum though)

Thanks!

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Old 12-Apr-2006, 09:14 AM
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Don't really remember the content of my first class. Like Davefly, it was the first of a new club (although not quite as impressive for having been much more recent...). I remember that for some months I would be completely done in from our one hourly session a week (!) due to my otherwise sedantry ways.

Dianhsuhe: The 1k kick drill, at least as I know it, goes thus:

Progressing through the 10 foundation KSW kicks:

10 reps of 1st kick each side
Ditto 1st and 2nd kick each side, not putting leg down between kicks
Ditto 1st, 2nd and 3rd, and so on up to ten.

This gives you 10 reps on each side of the sum 10+9+8+7... (which is 55), so 550 kicks each side gives you 1100 in total.
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