Sometimes it’s a good thing I have a long drive home after class. Especially on nights like tonight, when Renshi was teaching me a new kata. Goju Shiho Ich is a long one (I probably didn’t spell it correctly!), and so far I’m only about halfway into it. I’m OK with waiting to learn the second half, though, because I’m still trying to get the first half down!
Over the years, I’ve found that if I learn something in class and don’t run through it in my mind until much later, I’ll probably forget quite a bit of it. The hour drive home after class gives me plenty of time to go through the movements in my head. It helps me work things out and get the pieces in place. Sometimes it helps me remember nuances or tweaks that were made during class. And it always solidifies the new movements in my head.
Tonight I practiced the new kata all the way home, going over it again and again and again in my mind. I haven’t physically done it too many times, so I may have mixed some things up, and I could only get so far because I need some more prompting. But with that extra “practice” I’m farther along than I would be if I had left class and driven home thinking about something else!