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.
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.
This Week in Karate
Monday night was entirely tournament prep. Sensei Walker and Shindo were at the dojo, so I decided to go to the gym instead and at least get a workout in. Did a killer back workout with the guidance of Gamal Castile.
Tuesday night we quickly ran through the yellow belt test criteria for our newest student. After that, we worked heavily on front, round, side, and back kicks. We did each one 4 count style forwards and backwards down the floor for about 1.5 hours. We followed that by working on the open/closed fist drill for about 30 minutes in air and with partners as targets. We finished up with 15 minutes of basic 1 time attack.
Thursday nights basic class we split up into groups and worked on the beginners kata.
Intermediate class consisted of basic punching and blocking with partners from natural stance. We did rising block, inside block, outside block, downward block, and knife hand block against punches. We did downward block and outward block against front kick and round kick respectively.
Advanced class we just worked on our individual kata; either for test or tournament.
It was brought to my attention by a new student last night, that the info on the site is a bit outdated; and the last post I made was 3 years ago. It’s amazing how fast time flies when your life is in shambles. I shall remedy the issue as soon as possible.
I have just updated the dojo calendar for the year, and I shall update more of the site in the next few days.