- Mar 14, 2023
- Reaction score
While training yesterday, I recorded a few videos of my forms to look back at. I thought I'd share them here, along with my thoughts on my performance. Overall, I'm actually quite happy with how my forms look. I don't record myself often, so there's always a bit of uncertainty in how I look vs. how I feel. But I'm pretty happy with my performance.
The first video is of my Pyung Ahn Cho Dan. This is a more basic form, but I've actually been slacking on it lately 😓. To fix that, I spent a lot of time on it this session. My first time running through it, I actually felt a little shaky on some movements. Not great. So, I ran through the form many times, specifically focusing on weight distributions in my stances and, more importantly, the weight shifting necessary to move between stances. This made my form feel a million times better. Looking back at the video, my main concern is my posture. On some of my front stances, my back and torso look a bit too far back. This isn't too surprising as I have generally bad posture - not just in martial arts but in day-to-day life. I've been fixing my neck posture this past week; my physical therapist pointed out that I keep my neck too far forward. So I definitely have some work to do there.
The second video is of my Naihanchi Cho Dan. For a long time, this was my weakest form. But I feel like I've gotten good at it over the years. When one arm goes up and one goes down in the middle of the 'Naihanchi triple' movement, my upper arm is a bit off to the side, so I'll have to fix that. But I think my form looks pretty good.
The last video is my Bassai Dai. This is generally one of my strongest forms, but it felt a bit weaker today. The video actually doesn't look too bad, though. The biggest thing that popped out to me is that my back hand drops a little low on my knife hand blocks/strikes, especially in the first set. This is a bad habit that occasionally rears it head still - I'll have to be careful to keep the positioning correct there. Also, I think my body comes up a bit around 0:31 during the first of that 5 move (1/2/2) sequence. I'm normally better about that, but I'll have to practice that specific part of the form.
Overall, I'm pretty happy with my performance. I was genuinely when I watched these videos. I have a few specific things to work on, but I'm pretty happy with my performance. Do any of you wonderful folks have any other comments on my forms?