Monday, June 1, 2015


I was trying to experiment with different ways to block/dodge jodan tsuki.  Nothing seemed to work out well. Lacking a full time training partner or more frequent classes, it might be nice to have a training "dummy" to visualize on.  In the mean time, I'll just have to keep visualizing things in my head and in the air.

I am finding the videos on YouTube of Rick Horton on karate very interesting and full of useful ideas.  It reminds me of watching old videos of top wrestlers when I was in high school trying to learn their techniques.



I've been thinking of making audio files for the kata to help practice timing.  Here is the idea.  You watch a video or someone actually doing the kata while recording the steps verbally (one, two, three ... ).  Then you can put some wireless Bluetooth headphones on and play the audio file off of your smartphone etc and practice the timing of kata as if you were practicing a song and a dance.

In other training news.  I've almost run 1000 km for the year and my first race of the year, a full marathon is this Sunday.  Which means, I'm a little wary of going to practice on Wednesday because I don't want to get hurt or be too tired.  At the same time, I don't want to skip out and set a bad example for the kids.  Would that be a bad example?

After doing some speed work last week, I have a new pain in my right hamstring up high.  This worries me much.  It reminds me of the high hamstring tear I got in my left ham doing the same thing.