Friday's kung fu class as second of the month focused on stick form. Because it's Ramadan, it was quite a quiet class. I can't personally imagine how I would manage to conduct my normal day to day activities never mind training if I were fasting. It's the abstaining from water that I would find impossible. My ankles have been sore in the last week - much more so than recently - and I can't really relate it to any specific activities, which is a bit frustrating. I was careful in terms of warm up, opting to walk quickly rather than run and avoiding some of the exercises e.g. squat thrusts - not to aggravate them further. I focused on three areas - one was practice of the 16 step form where Sifu commented that I need to work on softening my movements more. I worked on the 24 step form with a couple of other class members. Sifu was pleased with progress on this. We also covered the first half of the stick form and this was the third time I have covered this but because it is once a month, it has not stuck yet. I did feel more confident that I am getting the hang of the moves. I need to buy my own stick so I can practice in the garden at home and I put Laoshi on notice that I would like to film him doing the form as he knows it really well. Today's TCC session had a full house again and I am enjoying working in the bigger group. We did 12 Dao Yin. I was focusing on getting my breathing correct. I got a book on this set of exercises and spent a couple of hours over the weekend reviewing the breathing patterns as the book sets out the how inhaling and exhaling is coordinated with the movements. On the 24 step form, we managed one full run through and I got a couple of additional movements. The instructor ran through opening and closing movements in some detail. The opening movements were ones I knew but she gave some subtle adjustments which felt very different. The closing movements were a mile away from the way they have been described to me before including applications. Very useful. Need to practice though to get them in my head properly. That's this week's homework. The instructor's feedback was that I was doing "OK" which I would agree with at this stage.