Testing is coming to an end – 6/9/09 – Tuesday Karate class

There is only one weekend of Karate exams left and Sensei Noia spent the entire class helping us with some last minute exam cram.

Just for kicks…

We started class with some kicks.  Moving forward and backward with front snap kick, then moving forward and back with roundhouse kicks, then moving forward with front snap kick to the front and side thrust kick to the front.  Next came front snap kick to the front, side thrust kick to the side and back kick to the rear.  Then came horse stance, step across with side thrust kick and then the same with side snap kick.

I think I am turning Japanese, I really think so…

Next came lots of kihon.  Sensei had us doing single movements and combinations but he announced them in Japanese.  For example, he would say, zenkutsu dachi, uchi uke, kizami zuki, and gyaku zuki which is front stance, outward block, jab and reverse punch.  We did many different combinations and then Sensei tested us on by asking us to do the movement that he said in Japanese.  We did at least 30 mintues nostop basics.

One-step at a time….

Next, we did one step sparring.  We did all six attacks, front punch jodan, front punch chudan, mae geri, yoko-kekomi geri, mawashi geri and ushiro geri.

Kata like you mean it…

After all that, Sensei had us do one slow kata and then we finished up one all out kata for our belt level.  All out means that the kata should look like the kata that we do at our exam.

I am sorry to see these types of classes come to and end but I know they will be back again in about five or six months.

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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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