Keep your movements to the inside – 2/11/10 – Thursday Karate class

Sensei Cieplik had us work on some very specific drills today.  It’s all in the details.

Slide the front foot into a back stance, not stomp….

After our warm up, Sensei had us spend a lot of time working on our back stances.  When moving forward in a back stance, Sensei had us turn our front foot out first and then slide the back foot forward.  If, what is going to be come the back foot is already turned, the weight is already on that leg and the other leg can smoothly slide forward.

Keep your attacks inside the body….

Sensei has said this before but I guess I didn’t really understand what it meant until today.  When doing an attack such as knife hand strike you should keep your hand movements inside the width of your body.  If I understood this correctly, keeping these movements inside of center will take your opponent off center and force their attack to the outside of your body.

Scare them with your foot work….

This is another thing that Sensei has said many time but it doesn’t stick for some reason.  If your foot work is strong and correct, your punches and strikes will flow.  If you legs and your hips move correctly, the hands will go automatically.

Lots of details to practice.

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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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