Sensei Cieplik worked us hard today. We spent a good amount of time working from our core.
Turn the body with the core, not the chest…
After our warm up, Sensei had us start in a left foot forward front stance. From there, we did a rear leg front snap kick, we then blocked with the same leg we kicked with and turned 90 degrees to the left while standing on our stationary leg. From there, we stepped back into a front stance.
We did the same move as above but added a reverse punch after we stepped back. We then did the same move again but we brought our right hand to our left knee as we did the block to fully engage the core and to ensure that we weren’t using our shoulders to turn.
Do your kihon the correct way….
Next we spent some time working on our common kihon drills. We did moving forward and back with the various block and punch combination. After seeing a few of our movements, Sensei has us move backward into a blocking stance, reach forward with the front hand, put the soon to be blocking are arm under the other arm, then step back with outward block and reverse punch. Keeping the head back and not leaning forward is an important part of the this movement.
downward, inward and rising block with reverse punch.
I really like Hangetsu….
After we finished up with our basic, we worked on kata. Sensei had us start with the Black Belt kata, Hangetsu. He counted out the moves of the kata so whoever wanted to try it was welcome to join in. With my stiff joints and limited hip mobility, this slow moving kata felt awesome to me. The tensing of the muscles and long, deep breath really made me feel at home. I am sure that I have to learn before I understand this kata but at first glance, I really like it.
After doing Hangestsu twice, we worked on Jion, Bassai Dai, and Heian 5, 4, and 3.
Sensei Noia had us work on kata specific kihon today.
Warm up with some kata…
We started with our own kata first. Next we did the first five moves of every kata that we knew in succession. When we finished the first kata, we moved right into the next kata.
Stances and kihon…
For the next drills, we got a partner and stood across from them. We started in a ready stance and did punches. Next, we turned our toes in and did more punches, then we stood in sanchin dachi and did punches again. We also cat stance, horse stance, front stance and cross leg stance with punches. This was a serious leg workout.
Next we worked on parts of kata. We started in a horse stance and did the twisting blocked to the left and right. Then came horse stance with palm heel strike. Then double and triple movements like Jion. Then palm heel to double block back stance with hook punch. Then the same move but with the rising elbow strike about the double block.
We finished class with some bunkai. We did stop a punch with a front hand block, grab the back of our partners head and smash it into our elbow then crank the neck and throw them to the floor. Needless to say, we did this movement really slowly.