January 28

Thursday night’s karate class was a rehash of the rest of the week. Lots of cardio, some pushups and ab work, and all the kyu level kata. We did throw in some sparring for fun though. It’s been almost 4 months since we did any sparring, so everyone was a little rusty.

January 26

Another rough class last night. Started with 30 mins of cardio. Then we worked on kicking: front kick, side kick, back kick, round kick. Then we worked on jab/reverse punch/front kick and jab/reverse punch/round kick up and down the floor with partners. All that was the first 2 hours of class. We finished up the last 30 minutes running though Fukyugata 1,2,3, Pinan 1,2,3,4,5, and Naihanchi 1,2,3; and we threw in some pushups just to round out the evening.

January 25

I’m beat. Worked it good at karate tonight. Started out with 30 mins of cardio (working on the couch to 5k plan). Then taught the kids class. Had them run for about 10 mins as warm up, then we worked on front kicks, stepping punches, and stepping reverse punch against shields.

Adult class started out with 15 mins of cardio. Then spent the rest of the time going through the Fukyugata 1,2,3, Oyo Tan Ren, Pinan 1,2,3,4,5, and Naihanchi 1,2,3. We did pushups and ab exercises in between each kata.

December 15

We started tonight by doing all the bo kata several times. After the bo, we worked on kicking control using a couple of drills. First was double round kick: thigh, ribs, thigh, ribs was 1 count. We did 10 of these on each side. Then we followed it with: hook kick, round kick, round kick, hook kick as 1 count. Again doing 10 on each side. We finished up class with some light jogging for 15-20 minutes.

December 14

Tonight’s class was all basics and kata. We warmed up with basics up and down the floor. Then we spent a fair amount of time working on hip action for knife hand blocks in cat stance. We finished up class by running through the Fukyugata and Nahanchi kata.

December 9

Started karate tonight with some bo drills. Very basic. Just learning the footwork. Then we put away the bo and practiced the same footwork with inward blocks.

After that, we moved onto kata. Did Fukyugata 1,2,3, Pinan 1,2,3,4,5, and Naihanchi 1. We did our pushups before each kata tonight. We did a 1 pushup befora and after for kata 1, 2 pushups before and after for kata 2, etc. That means we did 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, and 19 pushups before each kata respectively.

We spent the rest of the class working on 5 time attack, 3 time attack, 1 time attack, and semi-free 1 time attack.

December 2

Karate tonight was pretty good. Started out doing Fukyugata 1, 2, and 3 and Pinan 1 and 2. Then we worked on basics focusing on full relaxation to full tension and back. Then we worked on partner basics using the same concepts. Finished off class with semi-free one time sparring drills.

December 1

Monday night’s karate class was almost all bo kata. We worked on some relaxation/quickness drills with and without bo; but mostly it was bo kata. Went through Shihonuke, Shushi no Kon, Cho un no Kon, Sakugawa No Kon, and Sueyoshi. Very tired. I’m going to bed.

Sept 7 – 11

Tuesday night’s class was another rough one. Started with about 35 minutes of medicine ball work. Then we moved onto using the heavy bag and used it for some military style team drills. After that we did some heavy duty sparring for about 45 minutes. Then we did kata slowly, similarly to yoga, with weights in our hands. After that we work on some shoulder exercises with weights, then lots of pushups, ab work, and back work.

Thursday night’s kid’s class  worked almost exclusively on kicking. Started the kids class by having them warm them up with 100 of each of the basic punches and blocks in shikodachi. After that we spent most of the rest of the class standing in heisokudachi. Went around the class having each student count 10 reps on each leg. First round it was knee to chest with the left leg. Second round was knee to chest with right leg. Third round was front kick left leg… then right leg… then knee up to the side left leg… then knee up right to the side right leg… then round kicks the same way. After all that, I had them form 2 lines and do shuffle up/front leg round kick against the focus pads that Hope and I were holding.

Second class was a repeat of the first class with the older kids and adults. In addition, we added these same drills done from zenkutsudachi. After all that, it was time for some heavy duty sparring. We finished the class with King-of-the-Hill sparring matches.