1. reduce to pieces or fragments
This is exactly what we've been doing at the Will of Fire Dojo — breaking down techniques, piece by piece. This is not new for us; we do it all the time. Why do we KEEP doing it? Yes, because we need to learn a technique and become proficient. But sometimes we get comfortable, cocky, and maybe even, I dare say, lazy. Next thing you know, Sensei says something like, "What the hell was THAT?" Ha ha! Been there.
For the past week, with the assistance of Shidoshi-ho Dushaun (suckah!), we've been breaking down basic strikes and throws. Often using a 5-step process, each technique is drilled again and again. Can you think of another reason for deconstructing a technique? Anyone? Anyone? Here's a hint: it's one of Sensei's biggest challenges as a teacher.
Everyone learns in a different way. Some see. Some hear. Some feel. Some....are aliens. A recent, favorite quote of mine was spoken by a young man with Asperger's Syndrome as he was constructing something with a friend. The context is not as important as the message: "Even though me and Chasey take different paths, we always end up in the same place." Mind. Blown.
Examine each piece. What is the target? What is the intent? FOR PETE'S SAKE, LOOK AT THE FOOTWORK. I know Sensei is handsome, but try to look away. Your WHOLE body does the work.
"I never failed once. It just happened to be a 2000-step process."
— Thomas Edison