Hit the pad but no punches – 12/13/11 – Tuesday Karate class
For the last Tuesday class of 2011, Sensei Noia gave us class full of kata, basics and good, old fashioned pad hitting. Hitting stuff almost always makes for a fun class and today was a fun class.
Warm up with kata….
We started out doing Heian Shodan, Heian Nidan, Heian Sandan, Heian Yondan and Heian Godan. I always enjoy this type of warm up.
After the kata warm up, we moved on to basics. We started by moving forward and back across the dojo with 5 different stances. Those stances included, front stance, back stance, horse stance, cat stance and cross leg stance. This was stance only drill with no arm movements. Next, we did the same stances but added block and reverse punch. We followed that with one count with stances and two techniques of our choice. For example, we would do a front stance with a rising block and a back stance with knife hand block.
Hit the pads…
We spent the rest of the class hitting the pads. The idea was to hit the pads without using a punch. For the first drill, we could open hand techniques such as knife hand, ridge hand, back hand and palm strike. The next drill let us use hammer fist and back fist. For the last drill, we could use our elbows both horizontal or vertical and draw hand strike behind us.
Whenever we do drills like these, not using the common techniques, it always makes for an interesting class.