This week our theme has been to go “back to basics.” After all, everything we do is just a combination of basics. You just can’t practice them enough and form the bedrock of the system and your ability to execute the art to your full potential. To this day, almost twenty years after taking up martial arts, I still spend a good deal of time just working one or two basics at a time to really hone in on things (for example, a back knuckle strike in a neutral bow). However, many Kenpoists spend their time just working multiple combinations at a time. While that is certainly something you should do, it’s not the only thing. Be sure to spend the time to isolate one or two basics. As discussed in class, spend a good chunk of your personal practice time on things that matter most (i.e. master Keys) that apply to the greatest number of elements in the system to help get you the furtherest, the fastest.