Ten-no-kata – 7/1/10 – Thursday Karate class
Sensei Cieplik had us spend a lot of time working on kihon and kata today.
Knee strike, turn and more….
After our warm up we started with knee strike, turn 90 degrees and put the knee strike leg down behind us. The key is to turn 90 degrees using the core, not the shoulders and to put the leg that did the knee strike down hard.
The drill was similar. We did knee strike, front snap kick, turn 90 degrees, put the kicking leg down behind and reverse punch. Turning from the core is something that needs to be worked on otherwise there will be no connection between the upper and lower body.
Ten no kata….
I always like ten no kata. We start in a ready stance. From there, we step forward with the left leg and do a front punch and then move back to ready stance. We then step forward with the right leg and do a punch again and back to ready. Then we step back with the right leg and do another punch and go back to ready. For the forth move, we step back with the left leg and do a front punch again. This can be done with blocks, punches, kicks, combinations of blocks, punches and kicks and a full Karate can be designed on just this movements.
Lots of kata….
We finished up working on Heian Shodan, Heian Sandan, Heian Yondan, Heian Godan and Kanku Dai.
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