My hardest Karate class yet – 9/20/08 – Saturday Karate class

I know I have said this before but I can say with some certainty that this was the hardest class I have ever had.  At one point, I was almost unable to catch my breath.  I don’t remember ever getting to the point where I could not catch my breath like I did today.

A lot of warm up…

Sensei Plocharczyk had us Jog full court and back 4 times, shuffle back and forth 2 times, shuffle and raise the front leg up like a roundhouse kick 2 times to the side and then do 50 sit ups.

The big pads…

The big pads are about a foot tall and we stood in a front stance with one foot on the pad and the other foot on the floor.  We then stood up in the pad, threw a front snap kick and put the kicking foot back down behind us.  Next, instead of doing a front snap kick, we stood up on the pad and did a knee strike but we pushed our knee and our hips forward and then set our leg down behind us again.  After that we did the knee strike but after we set the kicking leg down we immediately stood back up and did a front snap kick.

After that we did 10 pushups with our feet on the pad and then a few more but with our body in a bent over V position and our hands close together.

Next, we stood on the pad and did the first move of Jion.  We put our back foot down on the floor while keeping the front foot on the pad.  We then stood back up on the pad and then stepped back with the opposite leg.  After that, we stood on the pad, stepped down with one leg and did a front punch and a reverse punch.  We then stood back up on the pad and threw a front punch and repeated the movement with the other leg.  This was an awesome drill and it felt like it really worked the entire body.

We then did 25 more situps and another drill where we laid next to one end of the pad, put one foot on it with one knee bent, facing up toward the ceiling, and the other straight while holding a wrestlers bridge for 30 seconds or so.  We then swithced legs and did the other side.

For the next drill, we stood next to the pad and put one foot on it.  We then shuffled up, did a roundhouse kick and set the kicking foot on the floor on the other side of the pad.  We the did the same thing with the other leg.

We then did another 25 situps and 10 more pushups.

Next, we got a partner.  With one of us on each end of the pad, we had to do 10 pushups.  We then picked up the pad and ran to the center of the gym, did 10 more pushups and slapped each shoulder after each one.  Next, we picked up the pad again, ran to the far end of the gym and did 10 shoulder slaps.  We then picked up the pad and ran back to the other end of the gym.

The final drill was the hardest.  One partner stood near the bleachers and did alternating one leg squats while the other picked up the end of the pad and threw it end over end from one end of the gym to the other.  It is like the big tire toss that they do at the worlds strongest man contest but with a pad and not as heavy as the truck tires.

I think I can honestly say that this was the hardest class that I have 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..


One Response to “My hardest Karate class yet – 9/20/08 – Saturday Karate class”
  1. Brian says:

    I stumbled upon this blog looking for elastic bands for my kicks. I must say I’ve really enjoyed your site. You’ve provided me with a wealth of new ideas for workouts and class formats. Always enjoy a new perspective. I wish I lived out in Chicago area. I would love to join your club. Keep up the great work!

    Sensei Brian

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