For me, it’s another form of walking. It’s almost second nature. For the layman, it requires thought, concentration and suppressing the urge to skip. Moving forward in a fighting stance is simply a lot harder than it looks – a fact I’d forgotten until a trio of primary school students reminded me by making a mess of their leg movements.
The lone parent in the class was the only one who got it right on the first try. The five, six and seven-year-olds, not long from having learned that the fastest form of human motion without aid of machine is to put one foot in front of the other, weren’t comfortable being asked to keep one foot permanently in the backfield.
All of a sudden, I had to hit the pause button on my recently crafted curriculum. Forget about doing rows of double straight punches. We needed more repetitions than I had time for of simply moving down the floor in a fighting stance. Ultimately, I assigned it as homework, so we could move on to form practice.
All four of today’s students are enthusiastic, follow along well and catch on quickly. Still, in the second class of the session, I find that we’re running out of time to complete the day’s tasks. What I hope to determine next time is if having the mother-daughter team practice what they know while I keep the two youngest from skipping will keep me from having to strip techniques from the session plan.
It’s a learning experience for me, too, as a teacher. I love that! I wish I could do it everyday…. 🙂