Short kicks, long kicks, all kinds of kicks
This week, hip extension during front snap kicks was our goal and Sensei Cieplik made sure we worked at it.
After the normal warm up we did knee strike, front snap kick, knee strike and front snap kick while keeping balance. The idea here is to extend and retract the hip of the striking leg.
Next, we did front leg front snap kick followed by rear leg front snap kick. We followed that with front leg front snap kick and rear leg angled back kick to the side.
The next drill was similar to the Unsu drill that we have done in the past. We started in a front stance with a right leg front snap kick, after the kick, while holding our balance, we turned 45 degrees to the right or outside. Normally when we do this drill we turn to the left or the inside.
For the next kicking drill, we did a ¾ back kick, a back kick that doesn’t extend all the way, and then we used the momentum of the back kick to turn the body to front to allow us to throw a roundhouse kick.
Next, the Shodan’s and above lined up on one side of the dojo and Sensei had a Kyu rank choose one of us for partner drills. The first drill was having our partner pick up there knee as close to their chest as possible and then do short kicks moving just the lower leg and hitting our stomach. The key was to keep the hip extended and have no knee movement while doing the short kicks. To improve at this drill, Sensei suggested sitting on the floor and pulling your knee into your chest while watching TV or even when just sitting around.
The second drill was one partner standing in a horse stance while the other partner is in a front stance. From there, the other partner steps in with a front snap kick and then steps down in between the partners legs who is standing in a horse stance. The idea here is to kick, retract the hip, get your balance and then still drive forward when stepping in.
We spent the rest of the class working on kata. We did Heian Shodan all the way to Heian Godan and then Tekki Shodan. After that, we worked on the first moves of Jion and Bassai Dai. I lost count of how many times we did the first move of Bassai Dai but it was many.