Get warm, do kata – 11/22/11 – Tuesday Karate class
I really enjoy a good warm up, especially when it involves kata. The was no disappointment to today when Sensei Noia had us start by doing all Heian kata and Tekki Shodan for a warm up. When I do this warm up, I am pretty sure that my first katas look, less then great, but as the blood gets moving and the joints warm up, the katas improve.
After my favorite warm up, we moved in to basics. We stated in a horse stance and did 60 or punches and blocks. After that, we did cross leg stance and cat stance for many punches and blocks too.
Next, we started moving forward and back with outward block, jab and reverse punch. Then came, what is most Sensei’s favorite movement said with heavy sarcasm, front stance with inward block, horse stance with elbow strike and back fist and front stance with reverse punch.
For the next drill, we did stationary front snap kick. Then we did stationary front snap kick with punch while in a cat stance. we finished up our kihon with moving forward front leg front snap kick and rear leg front snap kick for each one count.
What’s better than warming up with kata, doing more kata during class. We worked on Heian Godan, Tekki Shodan, Jion, Bassai Dai, and our own belt kata. We did our own kata (Kanku Dai for me) three times but just up to the first kiai. We then did one more kata full out at 100% to finish things up.