Happy Shodan and other kata

It seems like the amount of kicks has gone up over the last few weeks or so.  I don’t think I have kept track of how many we do in class for some time now so I will try to outline all the kicks below.  We also spent some time working on loose techniques and even some happy kata.

We started out with the following:

Stationary front snap kick – 20 each leg
Stationary knee strike with front snap kick, knee strike again and front snap kick again –  5 each leg
Stationary front snap kick to the front and side thrust kick to the front – 5 each leg
Stationary front leg front snap kick with rear leg front snap kick –  5 each leg
Stationary front snap kick with back kick – 5 each leg
Stationary front snap kick to the front and side thrust kick to the front – 5 each leg
Stationary front snap kick to the front, side thrust kick to the side, back kick to the rear, roundhouse kick to the front, hook kick to the front and and front snap kick to the front – 3 each leg
Knee strike, front snap kick and knee strike stepping forward – 3 each leg
Front snap kick with front punch stepping forward – 3 each leg
Front snap kick with front leg, front snap kick with rear leg then step forward with triple punch – 3 each leg
Front leg front snap kick but use the top of the foot as a slap instead of kicking with the balls of the foot – 5 each leg

The was just under 250 kicks and knee strikes but we did them in a short period of time, maybe 10 minutes or less.

Loose kihon….

We started out with a single knuckle punch but the goal was not to tense the hand.  After doing that move a few times, we did what is more like a hand slap getting thrown forward.

With the a loose hand in mind, we did inward block with rear hand slap, then rising block with rear hand slap, downward block with rear hand slap and back stance with open hand slap.  The next move we did was a two steps with two front hand slaps.

Before you can change your technique, you need to change your mind is something that Sensei Cieplik shared with us that made it a little easier to grasp the techniques.

After these drills, we moved back into a few more kicks by doing a front snap kick, roundhouse kick, spinning back kick and jumping kick.  The idea of this drill we to do all four kicks very fluidly.  I know that my kicks were about as fluid as thick syrup on a cold but that’s another story.

Partner up and hit them loosely….

We got a partner and did both front hand and rear hand slaps to their gi.  The idea was to make a good “snappy sound” but more importantly, we had to use loose power while slapping.  This is not a conventional slap, this is a punching motion but you hit with the fingers and a loose open hand.

Time for happy kata….

Sensei had us work on kata for the rest of the class but this was not your normal kata.  The idea behind our katas were to use the loose hand blocks and strikes that we worked on above while doing our kata.  The theme was to do “happy” kata and we did.

For Heian Shodan we used a loose hand for all the downward blocks and then a loose slap hand for the the punches.   We did Heian Shodan three times trying to get looser as we did each successive kata.

We also did H2 and H3 twice and Tekki Shodan three times.  We finished up with Jion, Kanku Dai and Empi once.

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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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