During our lessons this week, we will talk about being selective in our Focus as we learn and perform our patterns. Our in-class discussion lesson for this week follows below:
“Focus is nothing more than getting your thoughts to fly together in formation.” — Eddie Rickenbacker (aviation pioneer)
One part of our karate lessons where we use focus is when we are learning, and then performing our patterns. As we move through one of our patterns, we work to get many different things correct — learning the names of the techniques, and how they fit together into a whole just for starters. Then we move onto focusing on the movement and shape of our hands, the position of our feet, and our posture. Once we have developed good technique, we use our focus to perform our pattern with precision and power. We don’t try to do these things all at once — we focus on building up just one or two at a time. Once we have those one or two things going well, then we shift our focus onto the next.
- What is it about your pattern that you find the most interesting?
- Is it easy for you to focus on this — to give it really close attention?
- When we are doing a pattern together, do you think you should focus on what you are doing, or what the other students in your group are doing?
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