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Sunday, February 1, 2015

The last ten seconds "drill".

Kon-sensei

Kihon
Kumite
Kata (we left before kata practice)

We went through kihon fairly quickly, doing only every move only half as many times as normal and spent more time on kumite practice.  We didn't do yakusoku kumite drills like we normally do. We did a 4 man kumite drill where one person stood in the middle with fists up in ready position and turned to each of the other members.  As the middle man turned to the others, they took turns doing jabs and counters.  The idea was to work on reaction time.   We did a version of this before but one person gave orders as to which direction to go, two or three people were punching bags, and one person was reacting.

Next we did a "last ten seconds" drill.  One person tries not to give up points while the other tries to get points. After ten seconds you switch and repeat for two minutes. It was pretty hard training.  We did this drill last week, too.

I liked these two drills for a couple of reasons.  One is that you get to do the same thing again and again, and it is not yakusoku, so you have the freedom and the time (the repetition) to work on getting better. Another is that it is high intensity and gets your heart rate up high and has your legs screaming by the end.  I rarely get sore after our normal practices but this had me very tired after practice and sore all over the next day.

If we did more training like this I'm sure we would all get much better at kumite and physically stronger as well.

One of the reasons these drills worked better than our normal drills, I think, is because we made groups and pairs based on our size and ability.  So I got to spend 4 hard minutes with a boy who could actually reach my head, which he did, with his feet, several times.  He would easily out score me in a real match.  I could still knock him down to the groung, though. ;-)