Tuesday Karate class – 4/1/08 – No fooling around today.

Sensei Noia had us working on kicks and basics for our upcoming rank examinations.

We started with our normal warm up and then moved right into kicks. We were working on more of the advanced kicking combinations that we will have on our test. Front snap kick, side thrust kick and back kick combination. Front snap kick to the front and side thrust kick to the front combination is one of the harder combinations for me. We also did single kicks, from a horse stance moving sideways which included side snap kick and side thrust kick.

After the kicks, we moved on to back stance with knife hand block, front snap kick and nukite. I have to pay extra attention to make sure that I pivot on my heel when I move from the back stance to front stance. My ankles are so inflexible, it is really hard to do and sometimes really painful but I just keep trying until I correct it.

We then moved into front stance with inward block, horse stance with elbow strike and back fist. This movement feels a little better for me now. I used to have a hard time coordinating my feet but they seem to be cooperating much better now.

Another move, that I don’t recall doing before is where we stood on a line, in a back stance with knife hand block, into a front stance with nukite, then backward into a back stance again with the other foot forward and then back into a nukite.

We finished up the class with some kata.  Sensei told us to do our kata as if it was at our exam.  Since we spent almost an hour doing basics, it was no easy task but I did it.  I could have had a little more power on my moves during the second half of the kata but overall it didn’t feel too bad.

I made the comment in the title about no fooling around because, myself and my 2nd Kyu friend, Robert, had to do all of the kihon movements in front of the rest of the class.  Being on the spot made me push myself to limit.  I always give my best in all of my classes but being on display seems to have made me push it even harder.  I could hardly walk after class but it that’s ok, I am sure it will heal up in no time.

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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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