Shift, shift and attack – 1/19/09 – Monday Karate class

Sensei Brien had us work on some simple sparring drills for the entire class.  Since my sparring has not kept up with my kihon and kata, this type of class is always welcome to me.

Various sparring basics…

We started with shift forward and jab.  Next came, shift forward, reverse punch, shift back, shift back again and reverse punch.  Next was shift, shift reverse punch.  After that we did a little more complicated combination which consists of shift in, reverse punch and roundhouse kick.  That last drill was particularity interesting to me since I couldn’t think of doing a it before because of my lack of flexibility.   I was flowing very smooth for me today and I was pretty happy with what I was able to do.

Sensei Brien said that we need to learn to read our partners mind on when they are going to attack.  We spent a good amount of time working on just that.  As soon as we felt that our partner was going to attack, we would try to attack first.  I had a couple of different partners and some of them had tells where as others had to move before I reacted.

It was a good class.

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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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