Today’s Mid-Day class at the Japanese Karate-Do was more detailed continuation of Tuesday’s class where we focused on the theme of the week being Kumite. After warming up with the five Heian Katas, we ended the warm up and transitioned into kumite by performing two modified versions of the kata Taikyoku Shodan. The first version had us executing an Age Uke (rising head block) after the Gedan Barai Uke (down block) and a mae geri (front kick) before the oi zuki (lunge punch). On the second version, we added mawashi geri (roundhouse kick) after the mae geri (front kick).
From there we moved into kihon – the primary emphasis of the kumite drills. Moving up and down the floor we executed oi zuki (lunge punch), then soto uke (outside/inside middle block)/gyaku zuki (reverse punch), then mae geri (front kick)/gyaku zuki (reverse punch). The emphasis of these drills was to focus on having a good stance and keeping the energy moving forward.
We ended with sanban kumite (three step sparring), kihon ippon kumite (basic one step sparring) and jiyu kumite (free sparring). The emphasis of the sparring was on executing good technique, maintaining a distance for both the attack and defense and having good flow.