Tuesday Karate class – 3/25/08 – The perfect class.

Have you ever had a Karate class that felt perfect?  Not so much that you did everything the correct way but you did everything that you think a class should be made of.  Today was one of those classes for me.

Sensei Noia had us start with kata.  Not just one kata but all katas that we know.  This meant that I did Heian Shodan, Heian Nidan, Heian Sandan, Heian Yondan, Heian Godan, Tekki Shodan and Jion.  Once I finished all of those katas, Sensei had us start at Jion and work back down to Heian Shodan.  After we finished that, he had us do one kata, our own belt rank kata, at full speed and power.

Next, Sensei had us do the block and counter part of one-step sparring without a partner.

We then moved on to hitting some stuff.  I always feel that we should hit things every now and then to see if our training is effective.  Sensei Noia brought some striking pads to class.  He had one Sensei hold a pad for elbow and knee strikes, another for kicks of any type, another for punches and two small hand pads for punching and kicking.  I am not sure but I felt that my kicks and punches to the larger pads were the most effective.  I don’t recall ever putting that much power behind a kick or a punch before and it felt really good.

We finished up class with some blocking drills.  Sensei had all of us get into a large circle.  The Sensei’s had pole shaped soft pads about two feet long.  We all stood in a fighting stance and the Sensei’s went around attacking each of us while we tried to block.

To me, class doesn’t get any better than this.

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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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