Monday 13.9. Karate kids - teaching 9 kids today, some who came were very small - the smallest was only 4. Luckily I had a helping hand - a friend - who took care of the youngest at times. We started warm-up with a game of tag, then Junbi Undo. We did I think a short hiza geri ractice, quickly went through tsuki and mae geri we practiced last time. Not everyone was heree last time, so I briefly explained again. Since we're training outside now, I made two teams to compete in shuttle runs - running forwas, backward, sideways, with falling on the belly, on the back, adding mae geri and tsuki into the run, etc. Some kids did have some trouble with coordination in some of these things, so I thought it would be a good practice. After every round we did some bodyweight exercise, the winning team less times then the losers, plus occassional personal penalty to some who forgot some technique, ran forward instead of backward and so on. Then I think we might have done something else, but I am not sure anymore. Maybe not.The kids weere again trying to talk me into playing a game at the end. I thought the one they wanted the most would be impossible or very hard outside and also with the younger kids, so I came up with another one, which was met with just about the same enthusiasm. I didn't participate in this class much - it was mostly runnign the shuttle runs and I needed to keep the eye on the kids so they wouldn't cheat and to judge which team won. So not much exercise for me. Karate adults - teaching Not too many people for the adults today - only three of us were really adult, then there were five youngsters 9-14 yo or something along those lines. I was planning to practice bunkai and teach them to the new guy who didn't know the kata, but did karate before, but there were three more beginners, so I changed my plans for teaching basic techniques first. Inspired by how nice the shuttle runs looked, I did the same with adults for a warm-up. We made two teams of four and it was generally faster than with the kids, so we did all the same rounds except for the last one. I was able to participate now. Also exercises in between. Junbi undo again with a focus on stretching legs. Some kihon (sotei tsuki) thrown in between. A tiny work-out at the end. I then explained hiza geri - the basic knee kick. At this time sensei arrived and came to join us, but told me to continue teaching the class. He sometimes added some explanation or went around correcting, otherwise he participated as a normal student, which made me honestly a little nervous I also went for sensei's favourite exercise when we form a circle and people hold hands down as targets for the person going inside the circle kicking hiza geri. We made several rounds with slightly deffirent stuff each time and different focus - eye contact, hands up and practice slapping to see if people were paying attention and kept their hands up, etc. Just as I said this, I started the round and my first target was sensei. He did slap me and I was still thinking about something and didn't defend at all. How embarassing! Then we went for a round with the third kick being with pulling the target forward and with kiai. The last round was the same + shoving the target away as the last technique. When I saw how sensei wernt around and what his shoves to the adults looked like, I braced myself, but since the basic stance was heiko dachi - feet on the same line, shoulderwidth, there was not much bracing I could have sone, so I ended up running backwards like the others, but unlike them ended on my butt... I kind of expected that, though. In between the rounds we did some burpees, jumping squats and push-ups. Push-ups with a clap for those who felt like it. In the end only I and the new guy went for this. I expected better participation. After the thorough hize geri practice there was still aboiut 20 mins left, so I went for mae-geri. Practicing slow-motion step by step to understand the movement, then step by step as with the snap kick, then normal fast mae geri about 40 times. Then 10x getting up from the ground with hands always in kamae, two kicks, lie back down. Then the same except for lying on the front, so basically jumping up into and frm a squat. Then several more normal mae geri, then mae geri as kihon ido with steps - around 40 kicks. Again some bodyweight exercises in between. It was nice, I think I kept the training at a good pace and I enjoyed myself. I was tired at the end, but so was everyone else, it seems. If they aren't sore all over by next class, I will have failed There was no advanced class today. Sensei rushed home. The only thing I realized only after is that since I am planning to have 4 hours of Taiji tommorrow, maybe I shouldn't have made a training focused on legs.. Ah well... I really didn't much more than stand and watch at the kids class, but even then, in those 2,5 hours, I burned over 1000 kcal. Max HR being 179 towards the end of the class when I kept my HR relatively high. A nice exercise, I'd say! I always burn the most when I teach the class. Maybe it is also because of the constant shouting the counting.