KeithFarrell wrote:Quite interesting, I can see that a lot of thought has gone into it. A single critical observations, I hope you don't mind: some of the captions under the exercises are a little confusing, it takes a bit of thought to work out quite what is supposed to be done to the mat, for example on page 6 where you describe the "lightning cut". It took me a while to realise that the whole exercise was a lightning cut, and that that was not the technique to be thrown for the first cut in the exercise.
If I may ask, how often do your students practice cutting, and is it always on tatami mats? My Academy cannot afford tatami mats on a regular basis, so we use milk bottles - I'm quite eager to try some of these patterns on the bottles, but other patterns wouldn't work for us.
I'm also interested in how you work out the lengths of time for each rank.
Finally, is cutting a separate discipline in your school, with rank being awarded in cutting and rank being awarded in other stuff, or are the ranks tied for other disciplines supported by this cutting curriculum?
KeithFarrell wrote:So the standard was originally 1 second, you did this test and realised you took 1.2 seconds but that you were very slow, and thus you changed the requirement to 0.75 seconds? Just making sure I understood the sequence there!
Any particular reason you chose a true edge Underhau and not a false edge strike on the way back up? Personally I would prefer the false edge rising cut in a fight, but I can appreciate that it is worth training the more difficult strike (which in this case for me would be the true edge rising cut).
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