What Our Classes Are Like

Thursday night was my first night in the dojo in three weeks due to family obligations. Amazing how out of shape I felt, and I think my belt was 3 inches shorter; must have shrunk in the wash. ;p

Sensei Martin and Sensei Miller did a great job with the kids class. Focusing on basics and kata.

I picked up the intermediate and advanced classes. Intermediate class spent the whole time working on the jump from Kusanku.

The advanced class was all basics. We started with partner basics in shikodachi, then we move onto single basics in naihanchidachi. After that, we worked on reverse punch/front kick/jab in stationary stance. Sensei Walker finished up the class by going over self defense drills based on the reverse punch/front kick/jab exercise we had jsut completed.
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5 months ago  ·  

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In the absense of Sensei Kraft I will complete the post for Monday night's 06/13 class. I hope we make him pround. 🙂 We started out with the kids competition team that was lead mostly by Sensei El-Jouci. They worked on timing and accuracy of moves considering out next event is a Shorin-Ryu event. Then they worked combinations for sparing while doing a round robin.

Then I lead the adult class and we had a nice group with one new student. We did extensive stretching and worked on kicks focusing on the difference between power kicks, compared to jab kicks. Then we went through several kata, first doing them by the step to ensure accuracy, then all the way through for endurance training.

We then finished the last 15 minutes of class with a couple self defense drills focusing on clearing an attacker using smaller moves to evade.

The night ended with everyone in a puddle of sweat as it was warm in the dojo. I haven't been training much do to one thing after another so it was nice to be back on the floor with the group.

OSU!!!!
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Beginner's class of 9 kids started with basic warm ups. Added partnered leg throws to get them "in touch" with their abs. Then we worked on kicks as one group; first moving down the floor followed by kicking a bag. Finished by breaking into 3 groups to work on kata (F. Ichi, P. San & Yon & N. Sho) Thanks to Senseis Miller & El-Jayyousi!

Intermediate class was led by Sensei El-Jayyousi. I worked with another student outside class so he'll have to fill in here. But I did see them doing some great kicking drills. (not THE kicking drill 😉 )

Adult class was small, 4 including myself. We started with leg swings and hip stretches. Then we switched things up and worked the self defenses from last week. (wrist grabs & double lapel grabs). Then we worked on kata that the kyuu ranks needed for next testings.
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5 months ago  ·  

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Tonight was Cody's last class practice before traveling this summer and then heading off to college, so we had special training for him. As a graduation present, we gave him the gift of kata. Tonight we did all 18 Matsubayashi Ryu kata, plus Fukyugata San, and the Oyo Tan Ren drill. We did each one 5x for a total of 100 kata in 2 hours and 45 minutes.

For those who don't know, that's Fuyugata 1,2,3, Pinan(Heian) 1,2,3,4,5, Naihanchi(Tekki) 1,2,3, Ananku, Wankan, Rohai (Meikyo), Passai (Bassai), Wanshu (Empi), Gojushiho, Chinto (Gankaku), and Kusanku (Kanku Dai).
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6 months ago  ·  

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Monday night's karate tournament class was all about front leg round kick. Spent almost the entire class working different drills for it in a sparring context. The last 15 minutes of class was Sensei Walker critiquing the team members' kata.

Adult class was all about the legs. Did lots of lunges and squats to warm up. Then worked on moving through zenkutsu, kokutsu, naihanchi, shiko, hangetsu, and sanchin stances. We finished up by working Kusanku, Chinto, and Gojushiho kata.
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6 months ago  ·  

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