Saturday Karate class – 11/17/07 – One-step sparring and more.

We warmed up a little longer than normal because the gym was cold.

Sensei had us all get a foam pad and had us stand it up in front of us for kicking drills.  He had us work on side thrust kick to the side, side thrust kick to the front and roundhouse kick.  He then had us put the pad on our heads and had us do 10 front snap kicks without letting the pad fall off.  I was pretty happy that I was able to throw some decent kicks without letting the pad fall.

Sensei Noia split us up into groups and had us start with one-step sparring.  We did a lot of drills with our partner.  I still feel pretty good about my one-step and think that it is better than it ever had been.  We then did an anchorman type drill and had one person, actually four who were testing the next day, stand at the front of a line and the rest of us threw the attack of our choice and they had to block and counter.  I got into the line that my son was in front of and he did really good.

After our one-step, Sensei had us work on some basics.  We spent extra time on back stance, knife hand block, front snap kick with front stance nukite.  We also worked on front stance with outward block, horse stance with elbow strike and backfist.  I am still having some issues with my back stance front snap kick.  I really can’t get and height on the kick and hope that it will be good enough for my upcoming exam.

After that, we finished up the class with some kata.  We did Heian Godan as a group and then Tekki Shodan.  My kata felt pretty good and I am more conscious of my stance height than before.

It was a good class.

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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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