Video: Yellow belt practice test run though #1

12/13/17  This is a video of me doing my very first practice test run through for the yellow belt exam.  It is my first look at myself & thus, is riddled, RIDDLED with errors.  I have documented my observations below.  It is my hope that by seeing THIS video of my terrible performance followed by my critique, other students will see the 1st step in the transition from the first video attempt to the final submission for belt video. 


Yellow belt test run thru attempt number one
Adam Bein
GMAU Shotokan Karate
Dec 9 2017

Boy, am I making a LOT of mistakes!  Here goes: 

1. 00:00 Shoot in brighter light
2. 00: 00 Mark the edges of the frames on the ground.
3. 00:00 Bring the tall tripod.
4. 00:00 Lower the shooting angle-don’t have too much sky.
5. 00:00 Don’t do this in tall grass.
6. 00:00 Stand in the middle.
7. 00:00 YELL
8. 00:28 Have my chin up higher
9. 00:43 Don’t rub nose.
10. Relax shoulders.
11. Get Al the black belt to watch & critique. Tim too-they are both Black Belts in Shotokan.
12. Do not count the first step out as the first move. Get into position with the first one and THEN do the exercise.
13. 00:50 Don’t rest the camera on water pipes. The camera mic will pick up the flow.
14. 00:50, 01:25, 01:58 Less hands on hips. They look fine at the sides dangling even tho’ it feels weird to do so.
15. 03:29 Check to see the height of the elbow in Tettsui Uchi. Even with the shoulder? Does the back arm’s forearm rest horizontally and is the elbow at 90 degrees?
16. Do Shuto uke at shoulder height.
17. Shuto uke-don’t make a fist. The hand remains knife-like.
18. Make sure to do a full long stride when doing Shuto uke.
19. 01:28 Make deeper bows. Make them more formal.
20. 00:54, 02:26 Keep fingers together.
21. Hop up to reset quicker/snappier.
22. Get INTO the first stance in a crisp manner.
23. Make arm movements at end of exercise prior to bow snappy/crispy. 7:50. Elbows by sides, hold arms by sides for a 2 count. Place, do not snap arms and hands.
24. 01:49 In Oi zuki, make sure the torso and shoulders twist far enough.
25. 02:04 Is the arm supposed to remain bent at the elbow or is it supposed to be straight?
26. 02:13 Get into position snappier, more directly.
27. 02:19-02:21: Keep the fingers together-do not relax the hands. Keep the thumb next to the fingers, do not have the thumb sticking out. Do not relax the pointing/targeting hand.
28. 02:53. What kind of turn was that?! Turn crisper, with purpose.
29. 03:14 Make the font bigger on the paper. Put the paper up higher-like on top of the bushes, on a stand, on the side of a box/cardboard, maybe off frame, etc.
30. 04:25 Age uke. I have my hand out in front of my head and elbow out in front of my head. Clarify the correct position.
31. 05:01 Stand all the way up THEN turn. Do not turn while standing up/recovering.
32. 05:51 to 06:00 In Kokutsu dachi, get completely into the position.
33. 07:30 Make sure the hips are lower/knees bent enough as I transition from one Zenkutsu dachi to the next. It looks like I am standing too tall.
34. 08:16 This doesn’t look good for some reason.
35. 08:22 End with the arms remaining at 90 degrees.
36. 08:33 Do I really need to move my head that much?
37. 08:47 Pause with the hand up by the ear-to make sure the hand gets all the way up TO the ear/the correct spot. Don’t sacrifice speed for accuracy. Also, too bouncy. Check the end of the movement to make sure the torso is facing the correct way.
38. 09:10 Make sure the hand is at the correct spot at the beginning of this move. Also, too much bounce? Not enough snap at the end-the movement remains the same speed at the end. Highlight the snap at the end more. At the end of the move does the chest face perfectly to the side or at an angle? Does the striking hand slide along the arm touching it? My arm is above the targeting arm.
39. 09:30 Is the elbow supposed to be at that height? Does the arm swing more at the shoulder? Have the arm do a complete circle, not an abbreviated one.
40. 10:04 Make sure the kicking leg gets fully extended. Slow down if need be.
41. 10:32. It is okay to have the fingers/hands spread when doing recovery breathing. That seems to accent both the recovery breathing as well as when the fingers are together during the movements. It creates a contrast. Do this more. Have the back of the hand face the camera when doing this so the viewer can see the hands. Do not wiggle the fingers. Make them stiff and straight out-it looks better.
42. 11:00 Keep the fingers together when they are on the hips.
43. 12:17 Stay in the camera’s zone.
44. 12:30 Does my head need to move that much?
45. 14:10 Give yourself more room than you think.
46. 14:48 Get the hand up there & keep it up there, don’t have it bouncing around. Keep the thumb against the hand. Make sure the blocking hand goes directly above the head. When the hand is up there, keep the arm straight-don’t bend the elbow.
47. 15:30-15:40 The left arm doesn’t go up far enough to the ear. The R hand does.
48. 15:50 Have the paper on the hedge/plants. It doesn’t look good looking down at the paper.
49. 15:54. Don’t scratch your head.
50. 16: 08-16:15 Should the elbow on the blocking hand be higher at the start than the elbow of the target hand?
51. 16:20-16:24. Don’t be looking around. Look at the camera or one spot near the camera.
52. 16:32 Don’t move the feet a whole lot. Just plant them firmly and remain stationary.
53. 16:58 Once that hand is up by the ear, leave it there. Don’t wiggle it or adjust it. Plant that sucker there.
54. 17:05 When inhaling, bring the elbows out to the sides and bend, don’t bring the hands up in front-u want the viewer to be able to see the arms going up to the sides.
55. 18:07 Don’t go off camera when up close.
56. 18:30 Don’t plant/place the feet then adjust and re-plant. Plant/place feet & body correctly the first time.
57. 19:45-19:55 Is the ready arm supposed to be at 90 degrees or is it supposed to be horizontal?
58. 20:00 Never relax wrists into limp wrists. Never relax one wrist hand differently than the other.
59. Don’t drop the head when thinking or resting during pauses.
60. 20:19 Plant the feet and stay there when resting. Do not do unnecessary movements/walking/feet movement.
61. 20:21 I am not a cat. Do not trample the ground/walk feet up and down when standing still.
62. 20:25 Do not bend leg and tug at shoes/socks. Have them tied and prepared from the start. Do not adjust these during the taking of the video-the Sensei doesn’t during his videos!
63. 20:30 Don’t scratch head.
64. 20:41 Your tired at this point, but make sure that you step out into the correct position of the stance. Slow things down and be correct. Here, the knee is in front of the foot. There is never a point in which the knee is in FRONT of the foot in Zenkutsu dachi.
65. 20:41 Pause looking straight ahead longer. When it IS time to look over the shoulder (for the next move, the block, turn the head 90 degrees-not 10 degrees!).
66. 20:42 Should the hand be up by the ear BEFORE the turn begins?
67. 20:43 The block is a downward block. FINISH with a downward block and pause & hold.
68. 20:45 The turning of the head is not dynamic. Make it dynamic-turn crisply and purposefully.
69. 20:48 REALLY step out into Zenkutsu dachi. Do NOT step out into ‘Half assed Zenkutsu dachi’.
70: 20:49 This is not Zenkutsu dachi! It’s half-assed Zenkutsu dachi!
71. 20:52 Keep the chin up. I drop it.
72. Remove my watch before starting the video.
73 21:02 Get into the stance like one is supposed to. This is not correct demonstration of Zenkutsu dachi.
74. Note: By the time I get up to this kata it looks like I have lost my edge. Before the kata, forget about everything that happened before this point . Reengergize-the movements need to be refined.
75. 21:09 Left arm is not bent at the correct angle-it is too relaxed.
76. 21:30 Step with purposed & intent. Step purposefully.
77. 21:42 Don’t look up at the sky. Keep looking in the arena. To the viewer it looks as if you are not part of the presentation at the moment.
78. 21:48 Don’t scratch the ear.
79. 22:04 Do not relax the target hand when it is targeting (up high in the air).
80. 22:05 Have the blocking hand stop ABOVE the head-not out front.
81. 22:07 Maybe don’t do this on grass-this might be why my stances are not correct.
82. 23:14 Only one bow.
83. 23: 20 When stepping back into the stance, do the stance correctly.
84. The usual problems.
85. Do the ‘end of movements’ arm swipe correctly.
86. 24:52 Step into Zenkutsu dachi deeply.
87. 25:20 Don’t scratch your head.
88. 25:33 Finish the movements-don’t peter out at the end.
89. 25:42 Keep fingers together when bowing.
90. 26:14 Get into the proper position in the arena and stay there, then don’t move once you are IN the position. Keep feet & legs still.


Self Evaluation:

Obviously, shoot in better light, use a tripod (don’t set up the camera on an item natural to the location/environment), and mark the arena and stay inside of it.

Quick and easy fixes:

1. Don’t scratch head, foot, nose, or tug at socks or shoes.
2. Get into position between moves crisply, accurately the first time, and plant feet and don’t move them.
3. Keep fingers and thumbs together and straight.
4. Keep chin level-do not lower the chin or look out into the sky.
5. Get into Zenkutsu dachi correctly and do the stance correctly from the moment you step to get in it.
6. Remove watch.
7. When it’s time to start the kata portion, forget that you’ve done all that you’ve done before. You are in a new phase. Start this block of demonstration and continue THROUGH the WHOLE entire demonstration of the katas, from start to finish, correctly with each move. You’re tired so pay attention more.







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