Legs like jello
I think Sensei Noia’s goal was to make our legs feel like jello today and if that was the goal, he was successful. With stance and kicks, it wasn’t too hard to reach that goal.
Pivot, punch, pivot block and punch….
We started class in a horse stance then pivoting to the left and right right with a reverse punch. We then did the same but with a different technique each time which included rising block, inward block, outward block and downward block all with reverse punch.
Timed pad attacks….
Next, we partnered up and got a pad. We haven’t hit anything in a while so it was good to do it but I could tell that I haven’t been hitting enough. We started with front snap kicks to the pad, then side thrust kicks and roundhouse kicks. After that, it was hammer fist time, then back fist, then knife hand and any punch we wanted. We finished up these pad drills by doing timed attacks on the pad for 1 minute 30 seconds, 1 minute, 30 seconds and 15 seconds. The timed drills are always a crowd pleaser.
We then took our partner and our pad over to the wall where one of us held the pad in front and the other held on to the wall with one hand, brought our leg up like the end of the side thrust kick and then circled our foot in both directions around the pad. This is a torturous drill and I am certain that I will be walking funny tomorrow because of it.
Back up against the wall….
We ended class with our backs to the wall in a low cat stance holding for 1 minute on each leg. This drill was different because you are doing a wall sit with most of your weight on only one leg. This drill did contribute to the jello legs feeling that I mentioned at the beginning of this post.