|Performing Passai Sho at my last rank exam|
While the exercises I did have applications in my karate training, they are not karate. I always recommend practicing your martial arts at home to supplement your training at the dojo, and I follow this advice as well. I do at least three kata every day, and I try to make one of them a Naihanchi kata and the other two more "advanced" kata like Gojushiho, Passai, Kusanku or Chinto. That doesn't include the training I do at the dojo. That said, I have noticed that for the past few months I have been having a lot of brain bubbles in class when running kata. Just last night, I was going through the "advanced" kata with two other students (a junior black belt and a Nidan) and kept messing up Kusanku and Gojushiho. For whatever reason, my training at home is not carrying over into the dojo, because I have been having no issues performing those kata on my own. This type of thing is very frustrating, particularly after having been told of my looming rank exam, which I believe will be February 16th.