Karate class how I like it – 9/1/09 – Tuesday Karate class

Class today was one of the best I have had in some time.

Run a lap and do a kata, rinse and repeat…

This was really a great warm up.  Sensei Noia had us run a lap around the gym and then do Heian Shodan.  Then we ran another lap and did Heian Nidan and another, then Heian Sandan, Heian Yondan, Heian Godan, Tekki Shodan, Jion, Bassai Dai and another Bassai Dai or a black belt kata for those that know it all with a lap in between each kata.  Overall,  I ran nine laps and did nine katas.  The lap before each kata made my legs feel like jello.

One-step and kihon….

The next thing we did was one-step sparring with a partner.  We each did six attacks and block and counter.  The six attacks were jodan front punch, chudan front punch, chudan front snap kick, chudan side thrust kick, chudan roundhouse kick and chudan spinning back kick.  We did this at least six times in between our kihon drills.

We also did a lot of kihon drills with focus on blocks and punches.  We started with simple, slow movements doing rising, downward, inward and outward blocks and then increased the speed after five or so movements of each.  We were doing sets of 15 movements with five slow and the last 10 full speed.

We also worked on moving forward with front punch, and then combination movements like outward block, jab and reverse punch.  Sensei was very critical of our stances and made sure that we low after each movement.

This was just an awesome class for me.  That kata warm up really helps me get warmed up really well and makes me feel like I am working extra hard.  It was great and I hope that we have classes like this more often.

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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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