Slow but perfect form – 11/24/09 – Tuesday Karate class
Have you ever had a class where you worked so hard you thought your legs were going to fall off? Today was one of those days. Luckily, my legs didn’t fall off but it was close!
Even the warm up was hard…
Sensei Noia has us start running from quarter line to quarter line and then doing squats at each line. After that came low walks to make sure we were all warmed up. It worked.
Move very slow but with perfect form…
We started moving very slow with front stance and different blocks. We did downward block, rising block, inward block and outward blocks. After that came front stance with front and reverse punch. We then moved on to back stances with various blocks. We a lot of repetitions and held our stances for what seemed like a a long time between moves.
We followed this up with a drill where when Sensei counted, we did a different stance each time. For example, we started in front stance, moved to cross-leg stance, then into back stance and finished with horse stance. This was extremely hard for some reason. The part that made it progressively harder was Sensei started counting and we did one move per count. After that we did all four moves for each count of one back and forth across the dojo.
We finished up class with kata. We did our belt kata and then Sensei gave each of the 1st Kyu’s a Heian kata or Tekki Shodan to do.