Blenders – 5/7/10 – Friday Karate class

This was one tough class!  Sensei Brien has really bumped up the training to help us prepare for our upcoming belt exams.  Today was a perfect example of how much Karate training can be done in 90 minutes.

Stance training….

Sensei had us start with stance training.  We started in cross leg stance to cat stance.   Then back stance to front stance.  Then cross leg stance to front stance to horse stance to cat stance.   Then front stance to horse stance.  We did this at least 10 times on each leg.

Crescent kicks…

This drill really opened up the hips but walking wasn’t too easy after class.  We started with an outside in, inside out crescent kick and then change legs and repeat.  Then came inside out one leg, inside out other leg, outside in one leg, outside in other leg.  Next came inside or outside kick but slapping our target with the bottom of our foot and then dropping our heal like ax kick.

Blenders…..

We ended class with blenders.  I don’t remember ever doing these before but I am sure that I won’t ever forget them either.

We started moving across the floor with three moves, jab, reverse punch, and jab, then backwards.

Next, we did five moves, , front leg front snap kick, rear leg front snap kick, jab, reverse punch and jab then backward.

Next, was seven moves, rising block, reverse rising block, front leg front snap kick, rear leg front snap kick, jab, reverse and jab, then backward.

The last drill was 10 moves, rising block, reverse rising block, front leg front snap kick, rear leg front snap kick, jab, reverse, jab, horse stance, elbow strike, back fist and reverse punch, then backward.

Those movements were as much mental as physically challenging but we all made it.

This article was originally posted on www.shotokanplanet.org. Any reproduction on any other site is prohibited and a violation of copyright laws.

About doug
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..

Speak Your Mind

Tell us what you're thinking...
and oh, if you want a pic to show with your comment, go get a gravatar!