Belt Testing This Week, Practice Tonight

by Terry 7/23/2008 5:00:00 PM

Thursday and Friday evenings are belt-testing events and DMW Martial Arts. The school's Black Belt Club members who will be testing will show off their Bo Staff skills they have been practicing for the last two months. Having watched two classes of students (children in one class and teens and adults in the other) and seen the classes go through Kamas, Sais, Nunchaku and Bo practice segments, I have to say that the Bo has been one of the most difficult for people to become comfortable with. We have practiced with the Bo twice as long as any of the other weapons for approximately the same apparent level of skill by the students.

For me, the Bo has been difficult. I have been practicing with the staff off-and-on for a year and I am only now looking competent in my first Bo-form (part of Roland Osborne’s Millennium Curriculum). Tonight I will practice one more time with the younger class. I am not sure how we will have the classes demonstrate their talents Thursday night’s test. This will get worked out tonight, I hope. Instructor Leni and I have been trying to put together our own demo and I hope to work on this tonight as well. At least I feel like my own skills are coming together.

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