Splits but not on purpose – 7/10/09 – Friday Karate class

This was an interesting class.  I visited Doc Pusateri today and I was feeling really good before class.

Warm up with some kicks…

We spent a good amount of time working on hook kicks.  We paired up and starting alternating roundhouse kicks and hook kicks.  Then came combinations of roundhouse and hook kicks back and forth.  This really got my legs warmed up faster than usual.

Sweep and kick…

For our next drill, we started with sweeping the front leg to pull our partner off balance and then follow that up with a hook kick.  My partner and I both did almost the same thing.  I was having a hard time getting the sweeping motion and once my partner showed me how to do it, I ended up in close to the split position without even trying.  I have never gotten my legs that close to the splits as I did today.  It didn’t feel too good but I was able to keep going without too much pain.  The funny part is that I ended up doing the exact same thing to my partner and luckily, he wasn’t hurt either.

Take downs…

We finished up with some take down drills.  The idea was to move in like a front leg sweep but get behind our partners leg and throw them over our knee while hitting them across the chest with our arm.  The key is to get the hips to involved and use those to push our partner off balance so that they can be taken down.

These drills all worked well but all of the adjustments that Doc Pusateri did were pretty much unadjusted.

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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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