Kata one-step – 11/22/08 – Saturday Karate class

When Sensei Plocharczyk teaches our classes, he always does so with a self defense related theme.

Kick and return the favor…

Sensei has us work on some kicking drills.  We got a partner and then started to exchange kicks back and forth.  Front snap kicks, side thrust kicks and roundhouse kicks were out weapons of choice.  One of the students came into class a little late so I ended up with two partners, which was really fun.  For every one kick they threw, I had to return two.  We spent about half the class working on these drills and I felt  better about my kicks than I have in the past.

One-step from kata…

Sensei Plocharczyk has us partner up to work on some one-step sparring but instead of the normal block and counter, he wanted us to take our time and use moves from our kata’s.  This is always interesting to me but for some reason, whenever we do these drills, I end up using a lot of arm bars and joint locks.  Even though it has been a very long time since I practiced Aikido, the moves still come automatic and my partner always ends up in some type of joint lock.

Conditioning…

Throughout class, Sensei had us do some conditioning work.  We ended up doing 50 partner situps a couple of times and we finished class with a wheelbarrow run across the gym.  Our parnter would hold our legs and we had to use our hands to run across the gym.  It was an intense class overall but really good.

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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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