Hello AMAI Family!
In this blog series, we will post reminders of what the students worked on during the previous week. This gives you or your child ideas for how to practice at home between classes. If you need extra help on any movements or sections of the form, talk to your instructor about adding a Virtual Membership onto your current membership to unlock videos that break down every section of your form and every technique!
This week was the first week of our new quarter. Congratulations to everyone who passed their summer quarter tests!
Lil’ Dragons: The Lil’ Dragons began studying their Nan Quan form this week. They learned the techniques ‘Long Arms’ and ‘Southern Uppercut.’ To practice Long Arms at home, place a pillow on top of your bed. With your left arm, hit the pillow by striking from above with the back of your fist! Follow by striking downward with your right arm like you’re throwing a ball at the ground. Try to make your strikes as strong as possible! To practice Southern Uppercuts at home, practice throwing those Southern Uppercuts as strong as you can, and make sure to flex your muscles and nail that heroic pose after each one!
BASIC Program: Students in BASIC Classes began learning Section One of the Five Stances Form. At home, students should practice working on making those bow stances nice and steady, making sure to keep the back leg straight. Try to step from feet together into a bow stance and see if you can get that front knee bent and back leg straight three times in a row. Once you’ve mastered that, work on making your outside block strong, like a strike! You can practice this in the air or on a pillow. To work on your endurance, knock out 15 pushups and practice the swing kicks that we learned in class.
Kids BBC Program: This week, the Kids BBC students learned Section One of the Golden Crested Crane form. Welcome to all of our new Green Belts who just graduated from BASIC! In your warmups, work on your front snap kicks–knock out 5 on each leg and then practice your Crane Stance for 15 seconds on each side. Challenge yourself to practice Section One 15 times before you come in for your next class! Since this form is shorter than usual, you can be more specific when you practice; focus on keeping your balance after every move, especially after the Inside Crescent Kick at the end of the section. This week, practice your Crane Style hand tools: crane’s beak, crane’s neck, and crane’s wing. You can practice keeping your Crane’s Beak super strong as you walk around your house and keep those fingertips tightly together!
Adult/Teen BBC Program: This week, the Adult and Teen BBC students began working on Section One of our Golden Crested Crane form. Welcome to all of our new Yellow Belts who just graduated from BASIC! In your warmups, focus on your line kicks this week; work on maintaining consistent timing of your swing kicks and keeping your posture upright. Since this form is shorter than usual, focus on making the movements beautiful as you practice Section One. Challenge yourself to watch a video of a Golden Crested Crane on YouTube and try to imitate the posture and movements of the crane in your form. To work on balance and endurance, try holding a crane stance on each leg for 30 seconds every time you practice. Don’t forget to work on your endurance as well with your pushups, crunches, and horse stance!
Foundation Weapons: In Foundation Weapons class this week, students began learning Section One of their 16-Step Straight Sword Form. When practicing, remind yourself of the anatomy of your sword before you begin. Then, be sure to stretch before you start, as flexibility is important for a clean and beautiful form! As you practice the form, remember to watch for your targets and keep your sword fingers and stances solid.
Advanced Weapons: In Advanced Weapons class this week, students began learning Section One of their Yin Shao Staff Form. When practicing, make sure you hold your weapon correctly and practice holding it even before you begin practicing the form. Work on switching sides with your Fighting Stance, and practice your Forward Flowers. As you practice the form, challenge yourself to keep your hands in the correct placement on the staff for the whole time!