Training with the best in Barcelona
At the weekend I went to Barcelona to attend a Karate seminar taken by my coach Shihan David Pickthall, attended by up to 100 Spanish Karateka and fighters.
Over three sessions I resurrected memories of some old drills and exercises that we haven’t done for a time, plus learnt some new ones (it never ceases to amaze me how he continually comes up with new things for us to do)!
One thing that I haven’t done for a long time was working on combinations with a partner directly onto our bodies rather than on pads. I haven’t done this for such a long time, and it felt good to hit and be hit in such a way, working more on accuracy and technique rather than hitting a big shield as hard as I can. Hitting pads might be harder cardiovascular work, but working in a different way certainly has its benefits – not least that I got a good bit of conditioning work in!
It’s important for me to get out of my comfort zone now and again. I train with the same people – which is great: we can test ourselves against each other to see our improvements, and we become friends, caring about each others performance. But now and again it’s good to work with other people, and see where you are against them and work a bit differently.
I see this in my clients too, sometimes they’ll have been working well with me for a couple of months, and then they’ll head to something like a circuit class. Often the session after that class they push themselves harder than they might have in the session before. Just mixing it up and adding a new challenge seems to give people a buzz, a little extra drive; reminds them of what they are capable of.
Now I’m back I also feel like I have picked up an edge; a little increase in motivation for the last week’s push before the British Open on the 23rd September.