Special kicking drills after almost a month off

Today was the start of the new session with Sensei Cieplik and as always, the first day back, after close to a month off, is challenging to say the least.  I am not sure how many kicks we did today and now that I think about it, I am not sure if I really want to know.

Special kicking drills….

We started with our normal warm up of stationary rear leg front snap kick.  After a few minutes of Sensei watching us, the special kicking drills came out.

We started in a left foot forward front stance, from there we put our left hand across our body above our right hip.  From that position we brought our right knee up to the outstretched left hand and then put it back down behind us.  The key is to put the hand in a place where your can reach it with your knee and not to move the hand down to reach your knee.  Same thing on the right side too.

We did the same drill as above but this time, we touched our hand with our knee once and then touched our hand again but with a front snap kick.  The key here, on the kick, was to keep the knee in contact with the hand when kicking.

Next, we started in a left foot forward front stance and curls the toes on our right foot up while keeping our foot flat on the floor.  From there, we did a right leg front snap kick, keeping the toes up throughout the movement.

The next drill is always tough on me.  We started standing upright, from there we bring our knee up to the front and then place our index fingers from each hand on both sides of our knee.  We then kick without dropping the knee.  It’s not really that hard of a drill but when you do it many times, it gets tough.
For the next drill we did front leg front snap kicks.  After seeing this drill, Sensei had us stand in a front stance and bring the front leg up so that we could hug our knee.  My legs do not want to cooperate with this drill for some reason.  This is one that I need to work on outside of class too.

We then followed the above drill with front leg front snap kick.  Front leg front snap kick with rear leg front snap kick was next followed up with front leg front snap kick with rear leg front snap kick and triple punch.  That was the end of the kicking clinic for today.

Relax….

After all the kicks were over, we worked on trying to relax our body before moving on.  Sensei had us bend forward at the hips with our arms hanging down at our sides moving them in slow circles.  The idea is to feel the weight of your thumbs while doing this so that your arms and upper body can relax.

We also did another drill where we stand in a one to two tile wide stance (one to two feet wide) bring out hands up above our head and go up on our tiptoes and then drop down while letting our hands fall.  The key is to allow the weight of your body and your hands dropping to create a loose power if your hand were to strike something.

We then moved into a light front stance and threw  reverse punches with the same feeling of heavy hands but loose arms and upper body.  For the next drill, we pulled our body weight on to our back leg and then drove the loose punch from the hips using the momentum of the body forward to give power to the punch.

We also did drill where we stood with our feet apart and straight ahead and moved our body from side to side while keeping our feet planted.  This drill is to open the hips up and it does put some stress on the knees but the hips do get a good workout.

Get a partner….

We stood across from our partner in a horse stance.  From there, we both out our left hands and as Sensei counted we did front punches at each others face.  Next, we did double front punches to the stomach and then triple punches to face, stomach, stomach.  This had to be timed pretty well or you end up punching your partners hand.

The next drill had one partner in a front stance, the attacking partner front snap kicked while the defending partner pulled the front foot back in line with the back foot and threw a front snap kick with what was the back leg.

The last drill of the night was both partners in front stance, the attacking partner steps in with a front punch while the defending partner redirects the front punch past them and counters with a reverse punch that the attacking partner walks into.

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