Work the core – 1/28/10 – Thursday Karate class

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.

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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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