We had a good class today and I'd like to share it with you.
For those of you who do not know,I train outside,have for a long time ,year round. Today when I stepped into my backyard dojo it looked like it was going to rain which was fine with me as long as there was no lightning.
As we started our warmups and basics line drills the rain came and it was a gusher. We haven't had a good rain class in a few months and I was looking forward to this one.We were all drenched in no time at all,slinging water and mud everywhere.Somehow,alot of it ended up on me.
As we were kicking and punching I was thinking about how many students are truly this dedicated that they would put themselves through this. I know many that have whined and left or not shown up at all,but not us.
As we went further into the class the puddles began to form and I knew we just had to get down and dirty. I set up some isolation drills(thanks JKogas),we had one person standing the other looking for the takedown and go for 30seconds after they hit the ground. This was alot of fun and a good learning experience. After all,what would be the conditions outside if you ever had to use your ma training? I doubt you'd be in the A/C and fall on a pad.
After a couple of hours of training it was time to dismiss,I almost didn't want to leave.
Training outside in a downpoor can be a good experience. If you haven't tried it you are missing out.
Soon,after all these years of training I will be holding classes in a rather nice gym,but from time to time,we will go outside,just incase it's raining.