I guess we were taking a bit easier when we were outside in the heat. I've had sore muscles after both of our classes in the new place. This weekend particularly I'm feeling the after effects of 30 straight minutes of spin-kick drills. Today my back and obliques are telling me about every minute. Of course, we don't usually drill spinning kicks like that even indoors unless it's only the intermediate and up students in class. Friday was just me, sensei, and N (formerly I, which was getting too darned confusing), who is likely to be the next one up for a brown belt test - just as soon as he gets reliable with candle-punching and his sais.
I'm not quite sure what's up with I and his candle punching. Those who were reading back when I tested for brown may remember that we're required to punch out a candle flame at our brown belt test. Two flames actually, one for each hand. It's mostly a matter of snap and accuracy. Learning to punch out candles gave me fits at my test, because while I have great accuracy, my punching speed simply isn't terrific. Which in turn made the demands on my accuracy that much greater. At the speed I punch, I have to hit within an inch of the candle or I have no chance of putting out that flame. (Tapping the candle is an automatic failure.) N has the exact opposite problem. He has a terrific snap, and can easily put the candle out at a 2-inch distance, or even more. Unfortunately, he has a tendancy to lean backwards while he's preparing to punch the candle that puts him 4 or more inches back. When he tries to correct for this, he then overcorrects and taps the candle. I hope he sorts it out soon, because I think it's really the only thing that's making him feel unready for the test, and from my POV, his lack of confidence is the only reason I'm leery of testing him right now.
The boys are back at school as of Wednesday. Saturday we got a postcard from Aaron's 2nd grade teacher. He's getting Robbie's old second grade teacher, though under a new name as she's gotten married in the interim. She's a nice lady, and did a good job with Robbie. She wasn't as spectacular a match-up as Robbie's fourth-grade teacher was, but she was good. We still don't know who Robbie's new teacher will be - we may not find out until we show up Wed. morning.
Today we went out and bought all the school supplies, except for the diaper wipes the second grade list calls for. Inexplicably, Office Depot does not carry diaper wipes. I'm not going to know what to do with myself Wednesday. I'll figure it out fast enough though!