So yesterday I introduced my taekwondo club (I'm an assistant instructor so it's not "my" club per se) to some Abernethy inspired pattern applications! :)
Had a really good session that was well received (afaik) although it was a bit of a departure from some of the regular (more mainstream) stuff we do.
It was really interesting to see some of the issues people (and myself) had with the drills so thought I'd share some thoughts.
Talking too much. This is an issue I have rather than other people. Once I get started showing this sort of thing, it's so interesting and there's so much depth and nuance that I have a tendency to gab on a bit and get carried away. I suppose I'm a bit "evangelical" and over-share rather than offering bitesize chunks. :)
Lack of correct distance. Despite me stressing that this sort of stuff is for the close range chaos of a real go people still reverted to their familiar longer sparring/kicking distance. In many cases without even realising they had done that. And then the drills started to fall apart a bit.
People still seeing it as "sparring". I tried to get people to re-create a more realistic set up of aggressor and target but people still went back to bouncing towards each other with their guards up.
Not play acting the attacker very well. Some people had a hard time "being" the attacker. Either not attacking in the right way or the right energy. Not offering the right "look".
Being uncomfortable with proximity and being in personal space. When people are used to long range sparring and 2 person drills at arms length I could see some people feeling awkward at the closer distance, grips, controls, indexing targets, pushing on faces and how much more tactile it was compared to regular training drills.
Getting over complicated. The stuff I showed was pretty simple. But because it departed from their regular stuff or what they "knew" people assumed it was more complex than it was. I kept having to remind people that the drills followed the pattern fairly closely. Go back to what the pattern is showing.