I think my lower body is broken – 10/6/09 – Tuesday Karate class

I really think Sensei Noia has a playbook on how to make our Karate really good.  Today’s class was another one of those that make you wonder how hard can you train before you fall down.


We started class with anchorman again.  Today, we spent more time, close to 20+ minutes working on our anchorman drills.  I am no super kumite fighter but I do feel more at home even against the young guys now.  I got hit my fair share of times but I also gave it back too.

Kihon for testing….

Sensei Noia had us get a partner that would make us work hard.  I partnered up with my friend Ted, who always works really hard.  We started with simple drills moving forward across the dojo.  We did moving forward with front punch, triple punch, front snap kick with front punch, rising block, downward block, inward block and outward block.

Next, Sensei had us work on some odd combination’s.  Moving forward with inward block, outward block, downward block and reverse punch.  We also did outward block, jab, reverse punch and front punch.  We also worked on moving forward with knife hand block along with knife hand block, front snap kick and spear hand strike.

Your partner makes you better….

For the next drill, Sensei had us move forward in a front stance.  After each move, our partner would push or pull on various areas of our body, like the hips, shoulders or knees for example and make sure that we were holding ground in our stance.  This is one of my favorite drills but also one of the hardest.

Next, we did the same drill but we were able to add blocks or strikes strikes while our partner pushed or pulled on us like above.

Short time for kata….

Sensei Noia had us spread out and he had us do four kata’s in five minutes.  We could pick any four kata’s and I did Bassai Dai, Jion, Heian Nidan and Heian Yondan.

It was an awesome class but my lower body is wrecked.  I am more sore today than I have been in a while.  I keep saying that this or that class is the hardest ever but Sensei Noia keeps doing them one better.

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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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