Fight for center – 1/13/11 – Thursday Karate class

Sensei Cieplik has mentioned about the importance of fighting for center in past classes but now, it is starting to make sense to me.

Make those hips work…..

After our warm up, Sensei had us work on some hip and kicking drills.  We started in a front stance, we then did a rear leg front snap kick and held our front leg up after the kick.  From there we turned 90 degrees to the side, using our hips (with the body) to turn, not our shoulders.  From there, we stepped back hard and then did a reverse punch.  This is a movement from the kata, Unsu.  This drill really makes use of the core muscles if done correctly.

Use their energy against them….

Sensei explained the idea of loose tension.  When someone grabs your arm, do not tense against them, instead us their energy against them.  If your arm is loose when they grab it and they are pulling, it will take them off balance and give you time to react.

To work on this concept, we did a push and pull drill with a partner.  The idea was for them to pull you in and you hit them with a reverse punch.  A they pull you in, your pull your front foot back to protect your groin and then step in with the other leg and reverse punch.  Using your partners energy to fuel your punch makes the move extremely strong.

Fight for center….

This is a huge concept that seems to always work.  If you block your opponents attack and take them off center, they will either miss or their attack with be weakened.  For example, if your partner punches at your stomach and you block and push your attack to either side, their energy will no longer be directed at you and they must adjust and try to get back to your center before they can do an effective attack.  This also allows you to take advantage of them being off center and give you the ability to attack then as they and their energy goes past you.  This is one of those concepts that is easy to understand but very hard to master.

Kata is hard work….

We started with Heian shodan but Sensei had us add a squat in between each move.  For example, downward block to the left, squat down and touch the floor, then step forward front punch and squat down and touch the floor and so.  21 moves and 21 squats!

We then worked on Heian 1 through Heian 5, Tekki Shodan, Jion and Bassai Dai.

Extra credit….

When doing kata, especially Tekki Shodan, you must have Kensei with means – stall or stop  them with your sight and kill them with your vision.

For the ladies in class, if your hamstrings are not connected to your abs, your kata will not be as good as it can be.

As always, it was an awesome class packed with lots of great information!

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