Saturday Karate class – 9/29/07 – Disecting Tekki Shodan.

Today was one of the best classes that I have had!

Sensei Noia took all of the 4th Kyu’s and had us work on our kata for the entire class.  He took us through each and every move, telling us not only how to do it but how to make it great.  We started in the first move with our feet together with one hand over the other, then slowly stepped over our right foot with our left, making sure that our pinky toes were touching, we then brought our right leg up and set it down and moved in to a horse stance.  The emphasis here was to make sure that our feel we lined up when we moved in to the horse stance.  Sensei had us stance on a line on the floor all the time we were doing this kata to make sure that we stayed lined up.  I would guess that we spent at least 20 minutes working on our leg movements and keeping our feet lined up.  We also worked on the blocks using our legs from the horse stance making sure that we still were keeping our feet aligned.

After that, Sensei explictly explanced and showed us each hand movement.  He counted each move and told us what to do.  His explaining the kata like that really made it seem simple and I now have a much better understanding of what I am supposed to do.  He also explained  some of the bunkai for the downward block hook punch.

We spent the rest of the class putting it all together.  We did the kata very slowly at first making sure that our feet were in the right places.  We then did the kata a little faster and then a third time at full speed.  Afer that, we started adding more power.  We then finsihed with two more at full speed and power.

The amount of time and detail that Sensei gave us was excellent and I am almost certain that because of this, Tekki Shodan will be my best kata yet.

Sensei Noia did notice that I was a little tense today.  With the gym being so cold last night, my stances were not as low and solid as they were the last few weeks, since I have been seeing my chiropracor, because I was so stiff and sore.

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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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