Six time sparring

A lot of kihon and exam drills in class today.  Sensei Cieplik shared a new drill with us today called six time sparring and it is described below.

Kihon….

We started class and our warm up with rear leg front snap kicks 20 times each leg.  Next was front leg front snap kick followed with rear leg front snap kick 10 times.  Then came, front snap kick to the front and side snap kick to the front five times each leg.  Next, we did front snap kick to the front and side thrust kick to the side.  We finished the warm up with 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 front snap kick to the front for three times with each leg.

For our first drill, we did front leg front snap kick with rear leg front snap kick, step down and triple punch.  We followed that with four blocks, rising, inward, outward and downward, with reverse punch moving forward and back.  Next came back stance with knife hand block moving forward and back.  We followed that in a back stance with knife hand block, front snap kick and move into front stance with spear hand strike.

For the next drill, we did moving forward and back with reverse punch.  Then two steps with two reverse punches moving forward and three steps with three reverse punches moving forward.

After those came happy triple punches moving forward getting our hands as loose as possible while doing the punches.  The idea is for the first punch to distract your attacker by hitting them in the face, the second takes the wind out of them by hitting them in the stomach and the last one is a knock to the face.

For the next drill, we partnered up.  From a fighting stance, one partner shifted in and jabbed while the other did a gentle block to the outside or inside of the jabbing hand.  The idea is to receive the attack and wash it away.

Six time sparring…

Start with left leg forward in a front stance with rising block, then move left leg to the front into horse stance with a downward block to the front, shift into left foot forward front stance with inward block, then with the same front stance do outward block, move into left leg forward back stance with knife hand block, then move into horse stance with left hand sweeping block.  All blocks are with left hand.  We then did the same on the right side.  You can also add reverse punch to all of the blocks.

We then finished up class doing Heian Shodan twice.

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