Focus, week 2

During our lessons this week, we will talk about some of the ways we use Focus during our one steps and free sparring.  Our in-class discussion lesson for this week follows below:

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” — Dan Millman (champion gymnast, coach, and author)

When we are working with a training partner in our lessons together, we have to pay especially close attention to what we are doing.  We have to focus.  When we are doing a one step with a partner, we focus on performing all the techniques as correctly as we can, without harming our partner.  We control our strikes and kicks, so we will come close to our partner without touching them.  When we are free sparring with a partner, we have to focus on both our contact and our control.  This means we are being very careful not to strike or kick our partner too hard (especially to the head), or in places (like their knees) that could really harm them.

Discussion Questions:

  1.  What do you think is the hardest thing to do correctly when you’re doing your one step with a partner?
  2.   Do you have to focus when you do the attack for your partner?
  3.   If you want to become better at free sparring, what would you focus on?

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