Hello AMAI Family!
In this blog series we will be posting reminders of what the students worked on the previous week. This could be helpful to make sure you know what you or your child should be working on while at home. If you need extra help on any movements or sections of the form then talk to your instructor about adding A Virtual Membership onto your current membership to unlock videos that breakdown every section of your form and every technique!
Lil’ Dragons: The Lil’ Dragons worked on their Dragon form this week and the techniques we worked on this past week were their ‘Feeler Strikes’ and their ‘Fly Through The Sky.’ To practice their feeler strikes students should hold a bow stance and strike with the first two fingers alternating hands. For the fly through the sky, students should hold up one hand above their head and one hand below their waist with both hands making dragon claws. The hand raised up high should lead them as they walk in a small circle. Keep up the good work and don’t forget to practice the form!
BASIC Program: BASIC Program students worked on sections 1&2 of the Fighting Form! Focus on stepping out before your hook punch to give yourself room to twist your body. The techniques that the Basic Students worked on are ‘Step Up Knee’ and ‘Half Step Middle Punch.’ To practice the step up knee students can start in a left side fighting stance with their hands in guard. Students should step up with their rear leg and bring their hands together in front of them. Then students should drive their front knee up and slap their knee to show off the power of their strike! For the half step middle punch students should start in a left side fighting stance, students should step out with their front leg and sit into a horse stance as they throw a strong middle punch. A middle punch is very similar to a jab, but after striking students should hold out their fist with a slight bend in the elbow. For an added challenge try to knock out 15 push-ups, 30 elbow to knee crunches, and a 45 seconds Horse Stance!
Kids BBC Program: Last week the Kids BBC students learned sections 1+2 of the Great Power form. Practice sections 1+2 at home at least 10 times before next week! BBC Students can also practice their ‘Uppercut’ by starting in a fighting stance with their hands in guard. Students should lean towards which ever hand is striking as they drop their elbow, as students drive their fist up they should also push outwards to strike a target in front of them! BBC Students can also practice their ‘Straight Punch’ by starting in a fighting stance with their hands in guard, students should punch straight out in front of them and hold their fists out for a few seconds before bringing them back in guard. They are very similar to jabs and crosses but they have a slight pause. For an added challenge try to knock out 20 push-ups, 30 elbow to knee crunches, 10 frog leaps, 25 Jumping Jacks and 45 seconds of your Horse Stance!
Adult/Teen BBC Program: Teen and Adult BBC students learned section 2 of the Great Power form. Practice the application drill you focused on in class! Students should also go over their ‘Hammer Fist.’ To practice your hammer fist, students should start in a fighting stance with their hands in guard, the goal of a hammer fist is to strike with the pinkie side of the fist. Hammer fists can be thrown in four different directions(Inwards, Outwards, Upwards, and Downwards). Try practicing sections 1 at home 10 times before your next class! For an added bonus try doing flat palm, knuckle, and fingertip pushups for 20 seconds each. As well as 20 seconds of knee slap and elbow to knee crunches, and a 2 minute horse stance.
Weapons: Weapons students learned a few exercises to strengthen the wrist such as wrist curls and shoulder raises, students should also work on their La Na Zha, and Downward Chop. Students also reviewed sections 1+2 of the form. Practice sections 1+2 ten times before your next class!