The hardest class I ever had – 8/16/08 – Saturday Karate class

As of today, I think I can say that I lived through that hardest Karate class that I have had yet.

I knew it would be tough when we did the warm up…

Sensei Plocharczyk started us off with a really hard warm up.  He had us get into the lunge position and had us do ten of each, front snap kick, side thrust kick, roundhouse kick and hook kick.  Then we switched legs and did the same thing on the other side.

By this time, I was hardly able to stand.

Never ending kihon…

We started with some simple movements.  We did moving forward with various blocks, then punches and then a combination of both.

From that point, we just kept going.  Sensei was testing our mental persiverance more than our physical.  As we did each combination of movements, he added more.  Below is the how the moves progressed:

We did all combinations moving forward.
Reverse punch and downward block.
Reverse punch, downward block and reverse inward block.
Reverse punch, downward block, reverse inward block and outward block.
Reverse punch, downward block, reverse inward block outward block and reverse rising block.
Reverse punch, downward block, reverse inward block outward block, reverse rising block and rising block.
Reverse punch, downward block, reverse inward block outward block, reverse rising block, rising block and reverse elbow strike.
Reverse punch, downward block, reverse inward block outward block, reverse rising block, rising block and reverse elbow strike and rising elbow strike.

And then came kicks…

Next came moving forward double front snap kick and double roundhouse kicks.  My front snap kicks weren’t too bad but my roundhouse kicks were a maybe six inches off the floor at that point.

We finished up with some conditioning push ups.  We did 10 normal push up then held our body half way up off the floor and then an inch of the floor for a period of time that I cannot remember.

I think I can say with some certainty that this was the hardest class that I ever had.

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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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