Today was one of those classes that really made me appreciate how great an instructor my Sensei is.Â All Karate classes with Sensei Noia are excellent but there are some that really blow the roof off the dojo. Today, we did a little of everything as far as training and it really pushed me to my physical and mental limits.
The warm up
The warm was a good workout in itself and even though it only lasted about 10 minutes, it set the tone for what was coming next.
- Jog back and forth across the dojo the short way
- Walk across with front leg raises talking a couple steps in between each
- Across and back with karaoke’s in both directions
- Half way across with high knees and jog the other half
- Half way across with butt kickers and jog the other half
- Stationary side leg raises both left and right
- Jog across then back leg raises
- There were also some push ups, sit ups and mountain climbers after some of the above too
- Shift forward across the dojo with the left leg and back, then repeat with the right leg
Down to business
This is where we did many different Karate drills.Â I might have left a few out or my mind was forcing me to forget them but there was a lot done in what felt like a short time.
- Horse stance with single, double, triple punches and rising block
- Horse stance, start with left hand in front, front snap kick with right leg, back to horse stance with right hand punch and then the other side
- Horse stance, single punch, front snap kick and back to horse stance with double punch and then the other side
- Moving forward with the block of our choice with a slight pause and reverse punch
- Moving forward with front punch
- Moving forward with front snap kick front punch
- Moving forward with block of our choice and reverse punch
The next drill was for the hips and the idea is to do it smooth and start the action from the hips not the upper body.
From a ready stance, with the left hand out in front, pivot counter clockwise 180 degrees on the right heel and punch with the right hand then pivot 180 degrees clockwise and punch with the left hand.
We followed this with some back stance work, moving forward in a back stance with a knife hand block.Â After that, we did another back stance drill.Â From a left foot forward back stance, we turned clockwise 180 degrees into a back stance with a knife hand block.Â This is similar to the back stance moves in Gankaku but we did it with a knife hand block.Â We did the same drill again but this time with the mange uke (high outward block and downward block).
Following those techniques, we did side thrust kicks all in a horse stance but a few different leg movements when stepping from horse stance to horse stance.
- Start in a horse stance, step behind with a long step and side thrust kick
- Start in a horse stance, shuffle up and side thrust kick
- Start in a horse stance, step across in front and side thrust kick
End with some kata
We finished up class with some.Â The first two times, we did the kata of our choice but with no rhythm. The means, do each move with full power but totally settle the body before moving to the next technique.Â We did the same kata, with the normal rhythm and then two more of the same or different kata to finish the class.
- Good warm up
- Many different techniques and move
- End with kata