Pat was kind enough to give up part of his Memorial Day to let me get a couple of extra lessons in. Nothing earth-shattering in Karate-do today...we just worked on kihon the whole time, which was excellent for me - I need to get these techniques into muscle memory (this was only my second karate lesson with Pat).
Pat also reminded me of a couple of bunkai principles he's told me about before:
- A closed hand is not always a punch - it could be a grab. The withdrawing hand could be pulling something to me (by the hair, for instance)
- A block may actually be a strike