Some new kihon drills – 9/22/08 – Monday Karate class

Hips forward and step…

Sensei Brien had us start in a front stance with our hips forward and stepped forward across the gym.  Sensei wanted to make sure that we were bringing our knees together when stepping.

Sensei had us do a drill that I have never done before.  We started with our hips forward in a front stance.  We tried to stay low while bringing our knee together with our legs bent.  From there, we stepped forward and put both hands out in front like a double punch.  We then pulled back and into the position with our knees bent and together and then we put our other foot forward into the front stance with both hands out.

New combination drill…

We started in a front stance, then step and punch, turn 180 degrees around into a front stance and downward block, then step punch, turn around into a back stance with knife hand block, step punch, turn around front stance with outward block.  This movement really opens up the hips.

Back stances…

Next came moving forward and backward with back stance knife hand block.  Then a little different drill, moving forward and backward, stationary knife hand block, step forward and knife hand block again.  Before we moved, we did the knife hand block and then after we moved we did again.

Horse stances related to kata…

When doing the horse stance moves in both Jion and Hiean Sanda, Sensei said we need to bring our knee up to sternum before doing the movements.  For example, when doing downward block with horse stance in jion we bring the knee up high and then twist our hip right at the end before the foot touches the floor.

Kata…

We spent the rest of the class working on kata.  We did Heian Shodan, Heian Nidan and Heian Sandan trying to apply what we learned in the drills above.  I really like doing kata right after we learn something new because it gives me more ideas and possibilites on how to execute the moves based on my body.

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