Lots of stances – 2/16/10 – Tuesday Karate class

Sensei Noia had us work on our stances tonight.  Not just some stances, all stances.

Do those stances the correct way or not at all….

After a really hard warm we got right into the stance training.  We started with a hips forward stance and moved forward and backward across the dojo.  Next, we open the hips, blocking stance, and moved forward and back across the dojo.

After that, we added blocks and punches to the stances.  We did a lot of movements, first very slow, then a little faster and finally full speed.

For the next drill, we picked any stance and did blocks and attacks of our choice.  For example, I did a cat stance with double downward block, then a front stance with double outward block, then a front stance with ridge hand and whatever others I could think of that we don’t do too often.

End with some kata…

For our first kata, Sensei had us a kata in mirror image.  I did Heian Yondan.  then we did head kata, where we do the entire kata in our head breathing for each movement but not moving our body.  We ended with an all out 100% kata of our choice and then most of us limped to line up.

I am just joking about the limping part, we crawled.

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