PUMA Red and Black Belt Training – 17th March 2019 [Review]
By Mr John Francis (3rd Degree – Royal Wootton Bassett)
Once again the Red and Black Belt Training session was very well attended. The first hour was led by Master Gayle who covered a mixture of technical line work, kicking routines and some patterns. We practised the kicking routines with a partner building the difficulty up in stages. The final stage was a 360-degree turn immediately followed by a step up side kick off the front leg. Trying to get the routine to flow and be smooth was the hardest part; especially as you just wanted to throw a turning kick after the 360-degree turn!
There is a £20 prize (£10 each from Master Gayle and Master Ogborne) for the first person to land the combination in a competition verified by two independent witnesses. Will anyone manage it in the upcoming point-stop competition? <Edit: There was no verified attempt, so the money is still up for grabs!>
Master Ogborne led the second hour with a focus on point stop sparring. This is a skill often overlooked by senior grades, but a good chance to practice ahead of the point-stop competition. We were working in groups of four which gave us the opportunity to practice judging point stop as well as sparring a bit more competitively. The key to successful point-stop sparring seemed to be speed!
Don’t forget the following upcoming events, see the PUMA Facebook page for more details:
- PUMA Squad (31 March)
- Bo Staff Seminar in Devon (14 April)
- PUMA Squad (5 May)
- Sparring Seminar with Mr Carl van Roon (11 May)