Saturday Karate class – 1/19/08 – Kata, kumite basics and self defense.

Sensei Gatch and Sensei Plocharczyk gave us a little of everything in our class today.

We started with kata.  Sensei Gatch broke up the class into groups and Sensei Plocharczyk ended up with the purple and brown belts.  We started with Heian Yondan, then Heian Godan, then Tekki Shodan and then Jion.  I have some things to work on with my Jion.  Those include, working the transition from back stance up/down block into the standing double block.  I also need to reach when doing the last three moves with the horse stance before the end of the kata.  On and interesting note, Sensei explained the first move the kata as being like a wall that stops an attacker.  Even though the moves feels like it goes backward, the object is to stop an attack.  I never thought of it that way until he said it today.

Next, we got our pads on and did some sparring drills.  We worked on opening and accuracy.  We partnered up, held our hands in a way that would create and opening for our partner to attack and the change our hand position each time they attacked.  The idea was to see the opening that they created for us.  Next, we had to block the attacks but also think about what opening our partner was creating as they attacked.

We finished up with a self defense movement.  Sensei showed us a move that reminded me of my days in Aikido many years ago.  Sensei had someone grab his wrist with both hands, he then turned the attackers arms over while moving behind their body and then he moved the other way, broke their balance and brought them to the ground.  It was interesting to see how effortlessly he was able to execute the movement.

I like the classes that have a little of everything in them but it also helped me realize that I must start practicing my kata at home more often again.

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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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