Sunday 26 October 2008

Friday night training with Master Jedut

Tonight we walked to the village for training. It was about half an hour’s walk so we were a little warmed up when we arrived.

The training went from 7.15 – 9.15pm.

We started with a 20 minute game of tag Polish style. We got our arses handed to us in something as simple as tag. The tactics, speed and footwork displayed was amazing and it was often hard to follow what was going on. We were ‘in’ for long periods of time.

There was never enough time between the drills and exercises to stop and think about how tired we were. The whole class, from the warm up to the end of the session was intense and non-stop.

The footwork required for many of the exercises is complicated and it takes time to get your head around them. It is obvious why so many of Master Jedut’s students are past and present world champions.

We thought that they may have been going extra hard because we were there but we asked one of the students who drove us back to our motel and he said “No, that was normal – they are always hard.” How often do you train? “Every week-night, Monday to Friday.”

Mark and Jeremy liked it – despite being completely soaked with sweat and doboks saturated by the end of the training session.

It is a privilege to work with some of the top in the sport, showing us that we still have a lot to learn.

Mark and Jem