Japanese kihon – 5/18/10 – Tuesday Karate class
Sensei Noia is still working on our exam preparation. These classes have been extremely hard and I am sure that it will make a difference for all of us testing this time.
Make those stances perfect….
Sensei had us start by moving across the floor in different stances. We could choose from front stance, back stance, horse stance, cat stance and cross leg stance with a different hand technique.
We followed the stance training with Heian Shodan but different. Instead of doing the stances like normal, stepping forward into a front stance, we would pivot on left foot and and put right foot behind instead of stepping forward. It was tough wrapping my head around the foot movements at first but after the fifth or sixth kata I started to get it.
After we finished the abnormal Heian Shodan, we did one step sparring. We did all six attacks with front punch to the head, front punch to the stomach, front snap kick, side thrust kick, roundhouse kick and spinning back kick.
Next came slow motion Jion with good stances and form. Then we did a medium Jion with more power and then full speed with full power.
We did one step sparring again.
Next came slow motion Bassai dai, with good stances and form. As with Jion we did another at medium speed and then another with full speed and power.
Next, we each did our own kata for exam at full speed and power.
This was a lot of fun. I often wish we could have all the moves spoken in Japanese. We did three moves of each of the following. downward block, rising block, inward block outward block in front stance. Back stance with knife hand block and outward with reverse punch. Standing with straight punch, tate or vertical punch, hammer fist, double punch. spear hand, single finger, double finger, knuckle punch, middle knuckle punch. We did different stances including cat stance, cross leg stance, front stance, back stance and horse stance.
Sensei packed a lot of stuff into this class but all of it was excellent.
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