Explosive kata – 8/12/11 – Friday Karate class

Sensei Brien gave us a taste of explosive kata in class today.

Explode then freeze….

This was an awesome class and spent close to 90 minutes working on this one concept.  The idea here was to do a movement with 100% speed and power, then stop and hold, then repeat.

For example, when doing Heian Shodan, we started from a ready stnace, then moved as fast and strong as possible into the front stance with downward block and then froze like a statue.  Then we moved into the front stance with front punch and did the same.  We did these drills with Heian Shodan, Heian Nidan, Heian Sandan, Heian Yondan and Jion.

This is an extremely hard way to train and even though we only did a couple hundred techniques, doing it all out for more than a few katas is almost impossible.

Give this a try in your own kata training and let me know what you think in the comment area.

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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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