First Karate class of 2012
This was the first Thursday class of the new year and a new session for us and Sensei Cieplik gave us a review related to kicking.
After the warm up, we started with front leg, front snap kick followed by rear leg front snap kick all on one count. After that, we did the same type of movement but with roundhouse kick in place of front snap kick.
Sensei gave me some advice about how make the roundhouse kicks better. He said to get in to a very low stance after the first kick and try to bring the hip around. The idea is to bend the front leg and get very low and then throw the hip forward instead of throwing the leg or foot forward.
We then moved in to blocks with reverse punches. We started, moving forward and back, with with rising block and reverse punch, inward block with reverse punch and downward block with reverse punch. We did the same but this time with outward block, jab and reverse punch. The key to the drill is to have three distinct hips movements. For example, on the outward block, your hips are near a 30 degree angle, when throwing the jab your hips are fully open at a 45 degree angle or more and when throwing the reverse punch, your hips are straight ahead. If your hips are too far open when blocking, your jab will only get power from your arm and shoulder and not the hips like it should.
The next few drills we from a horse stance. We started with stepping across in horse stance while keeping the moving foot or the big toe in contact with the floor at all times. For the rest of the drills, we had to keep the moving across foot in contact with the floor until we executed that kick. We did the following kicks, side snap kick, front snap kick to the side, side thrust kick and a combination, side snap kick followed immediately with side thrust kick.
Get a partner and kick some more…
For this drill, we started facing our partner in a front stance and alternated roundhouse kicks but we did one kick, pulled back half way and then did another kick before we set our foot down behind.
We continued with roundhouse kicks but this time, we did a roundhouse kick over our partners arm, that they were holding out in front of them and then we were to pull the hip back as hard as possible. Instead of pulling the leg back, the key here was pulling the hip back.
Finish up with a lot of kata….
We finished up class with Heian Shodan, Hiean Nidan, Heian Sandan, Heian Yondan, Heian Godan, Tekki Shoddan, Jion and Bassai Dai.