With the new training schedule at the dojo, Monday nights for adults are pretty much an opportunity to practice on an open mat. If there is a surplus of instructors, you might be able to get a little private instruction. Last night I worked on Kanku Dai, and then I had a chance to practice my sparring. Our ranking brown belt was there and we geared up for some freestyle sparring. Thanks for the help, Gary! I needed the practice...I can't remember the last time I sparred as a part of class. I think I was pulled out of class to test the last time...or maybe to help with a lower belt's kata. I vaguely remember gearing up and not getting to spar at all that night.
Anyway, I know Gary was holding back, but my sparring skills are definitely improving. I was actually committing to moves and showing confidence. I feel like I do the same 3 or 4 moves over and over again (side kick, middle punch, backfist combo), but I guess if it occassionally lands I shouldn't worry too much about it, huh?