Thursday Karate class – 1/17/08 – Moving backwards and some one sided attacks.

We did our normal warm up.  The warm up felt good to me, even though it was a bit cold in the dojo.

Sensei Cieplik had us work on many of the normal drills like moving forward with front punch and moving forward with front snap kick.  We also worked on front leg toe tag with rear leg front snap kick.  Sensei also had us pay extra attention to the shin clash and knee sweep.

After that, Sensei has us work on doing the same movements going backwards.  Doing front punch, then reverse punch and kicking drills going backwards is a much different feeling.  The kicks really felt awkward and I need to spend some time on those outside of the dojo.

We then moved into some horse stance training.  Sensei had us do the sideways movement from horse stance to horse stance, paying extra attention to the way we finished the move after stepping across.  The idea is to step across and reach with the leading leg and settle into a solid horse stance.  It is hard to describe without pictures but if you think about the shape of a salad bowl, you can visualize moving down low and then coming into a solid stance after moving.  When then added the kicks including side thrust kick, side snap kick and side front kick.  Side front kick feels so much more natural than side snap kick.

Sensei also gave my son some homework.  My son is kicking with his shoulders but also he is putting his foot back near his knee, instead of out in front like a front snap kick, before throwing his side thrust kick.  This changes the entire movement and also causes him to throw what looks more like a back kick that ends up behind his center line when kicking from a horse stance.  I also feel that I am doing the same thing and need to work on correcting it.

Next we worked on a new drills.  Sensei had use stand across from a partner.  One person would grab the others arm and force them to tense that side of their body and keep the other side of the body loose.  The idea was to cause the person holding the arm to tighten the one side of their body while leaving the other side open, loose and vulnerable to  attacks to the internal organs under the ribs.  Sensei also showed us a couple of joint locks that are easily applied when someone grabs on to your wrist.  It brought back of lot memories when I took Aikido many years ago.

It was a very 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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