Monday night’s class was really good. Sensei Keyes came up from Jefferson City and taught a really good basic class on knife hand blocks and moving in cat stance; focusing on using the large muscles of the back and shoulder for power. We finished up with some progressive drills with moving and kicking in cat stance, as well as, some partner kicking drills.
Tuesday night’s karate class started with 15 minutes of jumping rope. After that, we went through the test syllabus to yellow belt in preparation for tomorrow night’s test; which doesn’t sound like much until you understand that in our school, there are only about 4 more techniques added in all tests up till black belt. We have probably the toughest yellow belt test I’ve ever seen based on the amount of material. After yellow belt, most of the new material are kata and a few sparring drills.
After basics, we moved on to kata. We did all kata up to the brown belt test, which includes 3 Fukyugata, Oyo Tan Ren, 5 Pinan, and 2 naihanchi kata.
Next we moved on to the 3 Tanden Kumite drills; each done for about 7 minutes. After that, it was the 7 Yakusoku Kumite drills performed with 3 different partners. We finished up the night doing the 5 self defense drills with 3 different partners each.
Good size karate test Thursday night. Most people did well, but we had a few the really struggled. Hopefully everyone is satisfied with their results when they get announced.