Sparring drills – 10/21/08 – Tuesday Karate class

Sensei Noia had us start with 10 suicides across the gym.

I am really disappointed in how many people cheat when they do this drill.  Some of them do not go all the way to each line and others just stop after doing six or so and say they did it 10 times.  Sensei Noia even tells everyone, you do not have to run full out as long as you finish all 10, but they just don’t do it.  I certainly hope that these people do not have to depend on their Karate training to help them in a life threatening situation one day or they will be in for a big surprise.

I never want anyone to think that I train harder than any others but if they are not there to give it their all, they should just stay home.  When you have a group of people that cheat all the time and don’t train hard, it brings down the rest of the class.  I know that when I finally do get my Shodan, I will have put in every ounce of blood, sweat and tears to get it.

Sparring drills…

I am starting to enjoy sparring a bit more than before.  For some reason, it just feels different than before.  I am trying to do it without thinking.  Sensei Noia told me to stop thinking about Karate and just do it.

We spent most of the class working on shifting in and out from our partner without getting hit.  The idea was for us to shift in and attack without letting our partner block and counter.  Another drill was our partner would turn side to side with their arms out to the side and we would shift in and attack at the right moment and get out before getting hit with their stretched out arms.

We finished up with some free sparring.

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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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