Saturday Karate class – 10/6/07 – Kicks, kicks and kata.
We did a warm up and then moved right into some kicking drills.
We started with some balance work. Sensei Noia had us stand on a foam pad and hold on knee up in the air for 30 seconds or so on each leg. My balance was really off for some reason, maybe it’s a sinus infection or something, but I was able to keep me knee up without too much wiggling around. Next, we stood on the pad and did a bunch of front snap kicks without putting our foot down. The front snap kicks were no easy task but then things got much harder. We did front snap kick, side thrust kick and front snap kick all without touching the floor and while still standing on the pad. I could not hold my balance at all. After we finished those groups of kicks, Sensei had us do 10 roundhouse kicks, still on the pad and without touching the floor.
After that, we stood the pad on it’s side and did a front snap kick, stepped down over the pad into a front stance, front snap kicked again and then stepped back into a front stance. The idea was to kick over the pad and also step over it without knocking it over. After that came front snap kick, side thrust kick to the front and then front snap kick all over the pad.
We finished up with some kata. We went out in groups and did our own rank kata. I still need to tuck my butt under but hopefully that will improve with some more time.