Monday, 5 March 2012

Transforming the impossible into merely difficult

Shulman (2005) states that “Habit makes novelty tolerable and surprise sufferable. The well-masked habit shifts new learning into our zones of proximal development, transforming the impossible into merely difficult” (p. 56).

Greetings and salutations… A lot has happened since I returned from teaching the karate seminars in Europe so this is my first post in a while. Anyway, I thought the aforementioned quote from Lee Shulman would be some great food for thought.

Long overdue in text, here is my present daily training schedule:

Kihon: (1) Chudan oi-zuki; (2) Sambon-zuki; (3) Yoko-kekomi kara yoko-keage; (4) Yoko-keage ashi o kaete yoko-kekomi; (5) Mae-geri kara mawashi-geri; (6) Mae-geri kara yoko-kekomi, mawashi-geri soshite ushiro-geri; (7) Jodan age-uke kara chudan gyaku-zuki; (8) Chudan soto-uke kara chudan gyaku-zuki; (9) Chudan uchi-uke kara chudan gyaku-zuki; & (10) Chudan shuto-uke kara nukite.

Kata: Focus on one kata exclusively each day of the week: Joko issei, Joko-nisei, Joko-sansei, Joko-yonsei; Joko-gosei; Jion; & Unsu.

Kumite: Jiyu-ippon kumite, Oyo-kumite & Jiyu-kumite.

I wish you all the very best in your training and good health. Osu, André.
PS – My next karate seminar will be hosted by the KUA (Karate Association of Australia) in June. For those attending, see you there!

Shulman, L. S. (2005). Signature pedagogies in the professions. Daedalus, 134(3), 52-59.

© André Bertel. Christchurch, New Zealand (2012).

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