Back to class – 1/05/10 – Tuesday Karate class

Today was our first official day back in Karate class after close to two weeks off. Sensei Noia made sure that he started the new session and new year with some hard work.

Job a lap and do a kata….

We started out class with a jog around the dojo and then a kata.  We did Heian 1 through Heian 5 and Tekki Shodan.  This is one of my favorite warm ups but by the time I get to Heian Yodan, I am pretty sure that my kata was getting ugly.

Get a partner….

Next, we worked on some stance and basic block and punch drills.  We started in a horse stance, standing in front of our partner.  From there, we did a jodan punch and our partner did a rising block, then we did a chudan punch and our partner did an inward block and for the last movement, we did a gedan punch and our partner did a downward block.  It was tough holding a horse stance for such a long time.

Work those hips…

For the next drill, our partner stood in a horse stance and held a pad out in front of them.  We stood across from them, facing sideways, we then raised our leg up directly to the side and touched the bottom of the pad.  After that, we held our leg out straight and circled the pad with our foot three times in each direction.  Sensei had us do this 10 times with each leg and on the last count, we held our leg up to the side while our partner did a kata (Jion, Bassai Dai or a black belt kata).   This was an extremely hard drill!

One step with kata moves…

We finished up class doing some one step sparring.  For this, Sensei wanted us to block and counter with a move from a kata but not using an inward, outward, rising, downward or reverse punch.   I used a back stance, with knife hand block and reverse ridge hand counter attack.

It’s good to back, even if walking will be hard for the next few days.

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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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