Punch in and down – 7/7/11 – Thursday Karate class

Sensei Cieplik had us spend a lot of time on a few movements again.

Make your basics good or keep doing them….

Class always starts with a warm up that involved a lot of kicks but there was one new drill that we did today.  From a front stance, we did front snap kick, side thrust kick, back kick, roundhouse kick, front snap kick again and hook kick.  This is what Sensei calls a balance drill and it makes me loose mine.

Next, we started moving forward and back with front punch.  Am not sure how many times we did this but it had to be in the 30 repetition range.  We followed that with moving forward and back doing triple punch at least as many times as we did front punch.  The key to the second and third punch when doing the triple punch is to hit the exact same place both times in quick succession.

After that, we did moving forward with front snap kick and front punch.  Then, moving forward and back with rising block, downward block and inward block all with reverse punch.  After that, we did Sensei’s (not really)  favorite drill, moving forward and backward with inward block in front stance, elbow strike and back fist in horse stance.  The key to the last drill is to get low enough under your opponent when you are in the horse stance.

Punch in and down….

For the next drill, we got a partner and worked on our triple punch.  For this drill, we punched at the space between the upper lip and nose with the first punch.  This will stun an attacker because of the pressure point in that area.  For the second and third punch, we hit the exact same place in the abdominal area very quickly.  This can be a very effective attack.  The first punch makes the muscle relax for a very short time and the second punch goes in to the organs behind the abdominal muscles.  This idea of punching in and down becomes pretty clear and even though I train my core all the time, the muscle reflex would not let me keep my abdomen tensed after the first punch.

Kata with no breaks….

Sensei had us do Heian Shodan through Heian Godan without a break.  This is a good drill and it gets all the Heian katas done in a short time.  We then did Tekki Shodan, Jion and Kanku Dai twice.

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Doug is a Shotokan Karate student that enjoys sharing his Karate training experiences with everyone. He is a Computer Consultant, an ISSA Certified Personal Trainer, blogger and a freelance writer..

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