9/15/07 – Saturday Karate class – Even more torture!

Just when I thought it was safe to return to the dojo, more stance training!

So, Tuesday class was tough and Friday class was even harder but today, Sensei had us do another 500 punches.

We started with a good warm up and then a long stretching session.  After that, we got right in to it.

Horse stances is where it all began.  We threw 100 punches and then got a short rest of 35 crunches.  We moved back in to the horse stances again and did another 100 punches and then were supposed to do 30 burpies.   I could not do the burpies because my abs cramped as soon as I bent down so I did 30 squats instead.  Next we moved in to a front stance and did 50 punches and then switched legs and did another 50.  After that, we did another two sets of 100 punches in a horse stance.

My stances were really low but my hips were on fire!

After that, we finished up with a kata.  I did my rank kata, Tekki Shodan, and even though my legs felt like they were going to buckle at any time, I was able to finish it.

Classes like these are really hard but they do feel good and there is no way to leave without feeling that you accomplished something.

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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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