The Mid-Day class at the Japanese Karate-Do was fun. We started by warming up with variations of Taikyoku Shodan – incorporating front kicks (mae geri), roundhouse kicks (mawahshi geri) and sidekicks (yoko geri) with reverse punch, lunge punch before each punch. We then worked the details of the kihon from kyu test routines. We focused on having smooth transitions and controlled continual forward momentum between techniques and movements. We were challenged in keeping our front planted or back foot based on the direction we were moving (not moving our foot in preparation) so that we could push off from the compressed leg with our core initiating the move versus trying to pull our compressed leg with our non-compressed leg.
We ended kihon working on kick combinations – first working through some details with our roundhouse kicks (mawashi geri) – front kick/side kick/roundhouse kick and then front kick/side kick/roundhouse kick/back kick/reverse punch.
We ended class working through technique details of the jodan section of ippon kumite and cross clock applications. It was a good day!
Today we continued the focus of Tuesday’s Mid-Class at the Japanese Karate-Do with the “twitch” movement and reducing the need to “prepare” ourselves before striking or moving. After a warm up that multiple punches, kicks and blocks with increasing speed, both stepping and stationary, we moved into kihon. The focus within the kihon drills were punches and blocks.
Starting with Oi Zuki (Lunge Punch), we moved up and down the floor. This was followed by oi zuki/gyakuzuki (lunge punch/reverse punch) while completing one step (two punches-one step). The first set of punching drills ended with a four punch/two step sequence starting lunge punch. The emphasis was on keeping good technique, maintaining smooth breathing in coordination with our movements, moving away from just creating shapes & forms by making each strike count and not preparing to strike, but just striking.
We then went into various mae geri/gyakuzuki (front kick/reverse punch) drills. As we worked through the drills, moving up and down the length of the floor, the challenge was, again to stop only creating shapes & forms while working on reducing our preparation before executing our techniques – no muscle or joint collapsing, no “tensing up” and no breathing changes.
So, throughout the drills we also focused on activating and releasing (compressing and expanding) appropriate muscles and muscle groups. This was a fun, challenging and fast paced class.