Saturday Karate class – 1/5/08 – Kata and self defense.
Another great class.
Sensei Gatch split the class up into groups. He took the green belts and Sensei Plocharczyk took the purple belts and brown belts.
Sensei Plocharczyk had us start with kata. The gym was extremely cold for some reason so doing the kata was a good warm up. We all started with Heian Shodan, Heian Nidan, Heian Sandan, Heian Yondan, Heian Godan, Tekki Shodan and the he had my wife and I move in front to do Jion since we were the only brown belts in the class. Sensei gave me some good advice and said that I need to keep my draw hand tight and when I move into the first horse stance right before the end of the kata, I need to show more power.
After that warmup, Sensei had us put on our pads and get a partner. He wanted to teach us some ground based self defense movements since we do not work on them too often. We started with some moves from various positions. We started standing and our partner would put us in a choke from behind. We then had to break out of the hold, turn around and attack before they had a chance to attack. We did that from a couple of different positions such as kneeling and on our backs.
Next, we started out on backs trying to keep our partner from scoring on us by using our legs or by getting up to our feet. We also worked on some movements where we would use our legs as scissors to take our partner down. Sensei Plocharczyk also talked about safe distances being both far distance and “ground” zero where you are pretty much hip to hip with someone.
It was a really good class and I feel that I learned a lot from it.