Like a salad bowl
We started class with the normal kicking drills and then started with our basics. We did downward block, inward block, outward block and rising block all with reverse punch. After Sensei watched our basics, he felt that we need to spend some extra time on moving from the hips instead of leading our techniques with the upper body.
Move your legs with a salad bowl motion…
The main point behind this drill was to relax the hip and then move without standing up. If you are sparring and you are rising up before your attack instead of relaxing your hip to move, chances are, you are going to get hit because your opponent can see your body rising up to attack. If you drop the hip first, there will not be much action from the upper body while executing your attack.
The idea also works when you are doing basics. As you are moving forward or backward, you are dropping the hip which will allow you to move while keeping your head at the same level instead of bobbing up and down. This also allows for power to be made from the hips because of the retraction of the hip before moving.
This relaxation of the hip is new to me but relaxing the hip and transferring my body weight from the front leg to the back leg, which becomes the front leg, keeps the body from bobbing up and down.
Get close and kick your partner….
After that, Sensei paired Shodan and above with Kyu ranks for some partner horse stance drills. We started facing each other in a horse stance and did front punch, double punch and front snap kick Next, one partner pulled one knee up as high as possible to front snap kick the other partner in the stomach. The hard part about this drill is you need to keep the knee up at all times and be close enough to your partner to put your hands on their shoulders as you are kicking..
The last resort punch….
This is a very powerful movement. We started with the left knee on the floor and the right hand out in front. From there, we stepped long into a punch, touching our partner with our right hand near their shoulder as we reach them and then punching them with our left hand. The idea is to cover your entire body length when stepping into a last resort punch and using their body to help you keep your balance and keep you from falling forward.
Do your kata but make sure you do all of them…
We spent the rest of the class working on kata. Sensei had us start with Heian Shodan and continue on our own to Heian Godan without stopping. Sensei said, you should always do all five of the Heian katas whenever you do them. We then did Tekki shodan twice and then ended class with Kanku Dai.