Kihon and kata, just the way I like it

Class today was filled with basics and kata, just the way I like it.

Sensei Noia had us start in a horse stance, doing front punch, double punch and triple punch.  The next movements were done with a specific rhythm.  Next was back stance with knife hand block on one count and then move into front stance with spear hand strike on another count.  The next drill was the same as above but both moves were done on one count.

We did a similar drill but this time we did front stance with inward block one the first count and then horse stance with elbow strike and backfist on the second count.  Next, we put them together on one count and then added a front reverse punch from horse stance after the backfist.

The rest of the kihon was kicks.  We did slow motion front snap kick, side thrust kick and back kick.  We followed those with the same drill but full speed and full power.

One step and six attacks…

We then found a partner and did one step sparring which consisted of front punch to the head, front punch to stomach, front snap kick, side thrust kick, roundhouse kick and spinning back to whatever level we could kick.

Kata conditioning…

After a quick water break with did kata with conditioning.  Sensei split us up into three groups.  Shodan and above, first and second Kyu and third kyu and below.  While one group was doing kata, the other two groups we doing jumping jacks, squat jumps or pushups.  Note to self: Squat jumps are something that I need to stay away if I want to walk after class.

We finished up with a stretching cool down and I hobbled home.

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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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