Listen for your knife hand block – 2/17/11 – Thursday Karate class

This was a fun class.  Sensei Cieplik had us do a drill where our partner listened for our knife hand.


Many basics today.  We started from a front stance, did a knee strike, then a front snap kick, and set the kicking leg down behind us in a front stance.

Next, we did moving forward and back with downward block,  inward block , rising block and outward block, all with reverse punch.  Then moving forward and back with reverse inward block, jab and reverse punch.   There was a lot of silence in the room when Sensei mentioned reverse inward block.  After that, we did moving forward and back with reverse punch.

You will hear if your partner is doing the drill correctly….

For this drill, we stood next to our partner, brought one hand near our ear and did horizontal knife hand strike past our partners ear.  If we did the drill correctly, our partner would hear a swoosh sound as our knife hand passed their ear.

More basics and kata….

Next came, horse stance and step across.  Then the same with side thrust and side snap kicks.  The idea is to move with the body, from the hips not the shoulders.  You also want to keep the foot that is moving across in contact with the floor at all times.

For Kata we did, Heian 1 thought Heian 5, Jion and Bassai Dai.

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