Master of Arts
- Sep 25, 2006
- Reaction score
- Stevenage, Herts, UK
From doing this over the last year it has really helped with my nerves, but I guess we'll see at my 2nd dan grading (in about 12 months time), how much it will pay off.
Fingers crossed for you mate.
Something I had some black belts do last week was critique each others poomsae performances. I made sure the comments were in a nice way (by stamping on any that were worded even slightly bad) but the aim of the exercise wasn't for the performer but for those "judging"/"critiquing" them.
I did this for two reasons 1)when they get their 4th Dans they should be able to spot mistakes and make judgements about others for promoting purposes and 2)when judging if someone else is doing things properly you have to really know what the proper way was.
It seemed to have a very good effect because the demonstrators really picked their game up during their performances (so they made it hard for the judges to point out problems) and because the judges performances seemed slightly better when we worked out normally afterwards (as if they were more mentally focussed on doing things correctly).
That's only slightly related to the conversation we were having, but I thought it might be useful to someone. Maybe you, if you can get a few black belts together and try this exercise.