Sochin – 9/17/10 – Friday Karate class

Sensei Brien mentioned near the end of last session that we would be learning some new katas during the next session and today was the start.

Sochin….

The first new kata that we are working on is Sochin. We spent 95% of the class working that kata and it was really enjoyable.

I have heard a couple different meanings of the word Sochin such as “strength and calmness” or “tranquil force.”

Since a picture is worth a thousand words, I guess a video is worth more. Below are a couple of examples of Sochin on Youtube.com.

Kanazawa Sensei doing Sochin on YouTube.

Kagawa Sensei teaching Sochin on Youtube.

There are some differences in that way that Sensei Brien shows the kata from the YouTube videos but they at least give you an idea of how the kata is performed.

Cool down with some partner drills….

Just before the end of class Sensei had us work on some one-step type drills with our partner. One partner did six attacks, in any order and the other had to block. The six attacks where front punch, reverse punch, front leg front snap kick, rear leg front snap kick, front leg roundhouse kick and rear leg roundhouse kick.

It was a great class and I am looking forward to more just like it.

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