Saturday Karate class – 9/22/07 – Low stances and good footwork.

Excellent class!

We spent the entire class working on our footwork with attention to keeping our feet in the right place when moving forward. We started with a simple moving forward front punch while our partner watched our front foot. The goal of the drill was to keep our front foot from moving as we step forward. Many people have a tendency to adjust the foot before moving instead of keeping it grounded. It is acceptable to to pivot in the ball the front foot as it becomes the back foot but moving it before then is a no no.

We then did that same type of drill but our partner watched our back foot to make sure that our heals were not popping up when moving. I don’t know how many times we did these drills but we spent near 45 minutes or more working on them.

After the drills, we spent the rest of the time doing some kata.

I really like classes that work on basics like these. Since my hips are getting better with each visit to the chiropractor, I can really get low in my stances and bring my hips in to my punches now and doing class like this is a great help.

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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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