In the crater – 7/14/09 – Tuesday Karate class

This was one of those classes that I and most of the class won’t forget.  Sensei Noia had us train on the hill outside the dojo.  It’s more like a steep crater than a hill to me though.

If you move too fast, you will fall down….

We started out with few sprints up the hill and then a slow jog back down.  The key is to make sure that you don’t run too fast when going downhill or you will end up at the bottom.

Next came low walks, not only up but down too.  Going down is extremely hard and you have to make sure that you place your front foot in the right place, which is hard then it sounds but possible.

Next came jumping kicks uphill.  The front snap kicks weren’t too bad but roundhouse and hook kicks were almost impossible for me.

We also did jumping squats up the hill but after just a few, I ended up sprinting up the hill since me legs just would not leg me do the squats.

Basics and kata…

Next came moving forward and back with front stance and backstance doing various strikes and blocks up and down.  Getting into a low stance was almost impossible because of the steep angle.

We did kata from Heian Shodan all the way to Tekki Shodan.

Uneven kumite….

We finished up with some kumite on the hill.  Sensei told us that we could only use hand techniques since kicks on the hill would have been a little risky.

It was an awesome class but extremely tough.  I hope we do this again.

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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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