Following all the hook kicks and roundhouse kicks last week, this class was focused mainly on side snap kicks and many of them.
Warm up with some moving stances
Sensei Noia had move forward, half way across the dojo, doing front stances without hand techniques.Â Once we reached the second half of the dojo, we added hand techniques.Â We did the same with horse stances and back stances.Â Focusing on moving from the hips was the reason for leaving the hand techniques out for the first half of each type of stance.
Side snap kicks from the hip
We started out facing the wall, with both hands on the wall, swinging one leg from side to side and then the other to get our hips warmed up for what was to follow.
We then turned 90 degrees away from the wall, put one hand on the wall and brought our knee up to the side, like a side snap kick but without the kick on both sides.Â We then did side snap kicks with the edge of our kicking foot on the floor, starting the kick from the floor instead of from the knee on the stationary leg.Â The key is to extend the hips when kicking and retracting them on the return.Â We did more side snap kicks but with our foot starting at knee level.
Next, we got a partner and focus mitt.Â Both of us stood on one leg, one holding the focus mitt and the other kicking.Â The person holding the focus mitt had to stand on one leg without letting the kicking person knocking them off balance with their kicks.
After that came back fists to the mitt with the partner standing on one leg.Â When did more side snap kicks to the mitt but also added the back fist like the movement from Heian Nidan.
From a cross leg stance, we stood on one leg, did a side snap kick and then came down into a front stance with a front punch with the same moves from Gankaku.Â It was a little awkward doing those moves with the other leg but a it was great drill either way.
Sensei had us do some breathing work while doing these moves.Â When the arms cross, we breathe in, until the kicking leg goes behind the opposite knee and then as we bring our arms into the mange uke, we breathe out, as we bring our hand to our side we breathe in again and then as we side snap kick, we breathe out.Â The breathing control made the one leg stances much more stable than without them for me.
We did a similar drill where we did the same movements as above but instead of stepping into the front stance with front punch, we moved into a horse stance with an angled punch across the body.Â This is also a move from Gankaku.
We finished class doing Gankaku for those who know it and the rest did the kata for their rank level.
It was a great class and I was able to walk out to my car easier than the week before.
- Stances without and with hand techniques
- Many side snap kicks
- Finish up with Gankaku if you know it