Crescent kicks, I like them – 10/24/09 – Saturday Karate class
Sensei Plocharczyk really worked us today. I don’t remember doing this many kicks in a long time.
Focus mitt, partner and lots of kicks….
Sensei had us get a partner and our focus mitts. From there we started with a low roundhouse kick. Our partner sat in seiza (kneeling posture) and held the focus mitt about a foot of the floor for us to kick. After that, we worked on a front stomp kick. For this kick, you bring your knee up high in front and then push your heel down in front. We did this with our partner holding the focus mitt again.
For our next drill, we worked on higher roundhouse kick. After those came the fun stuff. We spent a lot of time working on crescent kicks, both inward and outward. I never really worked on this kick until today and I really find it interesting. I was really shocked at how much power I can put behind it. I never really saw this as powerful movement but it really is and it gave my hips an awesome workout.
We also worked on some conditioning drills and kata in between the kicks along with a drill, that we have done with Sensei Cieplik before, where we sit in seiza and raise up and down to strengthen our knees.
Walking after class was no easy task but I am sure my legs will recover sooner or later.