Thursday Karate class and workout.

Workout: 

I had a decent workout today.

Side leg rasies – 3×15
Slow side thrust kicks –  2×15

Slow Heian Shodan, holding each stance for a three count.  I then did one of each, Heian Nidan, Heian Sandan, Heian Yondan and Heian Godan but I used little power and just did the moves to make sure that they stay fresh in my mind.  I also did a Tekki Shodan where I held the stances for a three count.

Class: 

This particular class is always hard because of the amount of Kihon that we do each week.  We started with our normal kicking warmup but for some reason my front snap kick felt different.  Not bad different but good different.  I really felt that I was putting some solid power behind them.   For the first time, it feels as if my hips are behind my kicks.

We did a lot of different moves, some old and a couple new.  One of the harder moves was a reverse punch, front leg front snap kick, rear leg front snap kick.  It sounds easy when I type it but it really required a lot of concentration.  This next move makes the last one sound really easy.  We did rising block, rear leg roundhouse kick, setting the kicking leg back behind us.  Bringing that leg back while holding the blocking hand up just wiped my mind.  Out of eight moves, I did maybe two correctly.

We finished with kata.  It was very interesting to watch Sensei do kata with us and show us how he does the particular moves and what some of the alternative moves are.  When working on Tekki Shodan, he talked about body shock.  He gave some interesting pointers on moving the wrist when doing the various blocks in the kata and how those types of simple motions make the kata powerful.

I seem to walk away with something new every time I go to class lately and I hope it continues.

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Doug is a Shotokan Karate student that enjoys sharing his Karate training experiences with everyone. He is a Computer Consultant, an ISSA Certified Personal Trainer, blogger and a freelance writer..

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