Saturday, April 5, 2014

2014/04/05 Class - lots of advice, notes on practice structure

Muto-sensei, Kon-sensei
Kon sensei took the upper belts and Muto sensei worked worth us lower belts, as is usually the case.

As always we did Kihon, Kumite and Kata. We practice for about 2 hours twice a week for a total of around 4 hours a week.


Heian shodan - on the first movement into zenkutsu dachi for gedan barai , make sure to step so that your stance is still shoulder-width apart to keep stable.

When stepping forward for oizuki (straight lunge punch?) into zenkutsu dachi with the right foot forward, again, keep your feet shoulder-width apart.  

Look at the illustration below  :-).  From Left to Right, the first set of two black dots with a circle with a nose on it.  That is the yoi / kamae or ready position.  Feet are shoulder-width apart.

The next set of two black dots is zenkutsu dachi for gedan barai, and the first movement of Heian Shodan.  You turn to the Left into zenkutsu dachi but, look at the lines, your feet are still shoulder-width apart.  You do oizuki and then turn around to the right into zenkutsu dachi and then hammer fist strike.  Here, too, your feet remain shoulder-width apart (on the lines).  Notice how you are now two shoulder-widths BACK from where you started.  Then when you turn to the left for Gedan barai, and since your zenkutsu dachi stance is roughly twice as long as your shizen dachi (ie shoulder-width apart), your front foot is back on the line from which you started.

鳥瞰図 (ちょうかんず) / a birds-eye view.

I need to remember to keep my feet from getting too close together for some stances.  I am often off balance.  This is not just for Heian Shodan.

Heian nidan - First movement, your Left fist should be higher than your right fist. Right fist should be past your face.  You are in kokutsu dachi. When performing the punch with your right hand, remember to twist your torso so your body is facing the direction of the punch, then move back into hanmi? when pulling your right hand back into hikite position.  On the first movement, bring your hands straight up, taking the shortest distance up into the blocks.  Don't swing your hands out and up or around and up.  Bring them straight up into the block.

Notes: We line up for kihon based on our belts.  With the upper belts on the Left (sensei's right / West).    For kumite also, the upper belts lined up on the South and the lower belts lined up on the North facing the upper belts and in belt order, with the lower belts on the West.  The directions are based on the front of the Gym where we hang the flag as North.


I thought he had given us a lot of advice but I am having a hard time recalling it all. Sensei said that since I passed 8 kyu, it is alright if I make a mistake on Heian Shodan, but that I need to master Heian Nidan and Heian Sandan to move up to the next level.  However, I still don't feel like I can do Heian Shodan well.  I will, of course continue to work on it as I work on the others.  I have the basic movement memorized, now I have to work on refining them.

Through kumite, I am beginning to see places where I can attempt to try some of the basic moves we practice through kihon drills and through learning kata.