Thanks for all your comments! Thanks Mark for the link! How did I miss that page!?
One of the strange things to me about the Champ takeoff (grass) was holding the stick full forward for several seconds until the tail came up - mentally a challenge / counterintuitive to try forcing the nose down during takeoff
From that, I was imagining starting takeoff with stick full aft in the 8 for a couple of "bananas" for directional control until the rudder works, then lifting the tail. Sounds like the bananas slip by pretty fast.
Landings were almost all full stall in the Champ, wheel landings were tricky and discouraged by the management and instructors.
Really looking forward to some training in the 8 and flying!