Sunday, September 13, 2015

Mini Gasshuku - More on Gojushiho-sho

Muto-sensei, Yanai-sensei, Kitamichi?-sensei

We had a sort of mini-gasshuku.  Muto-sensei said it would be fun but in reality, it wasn't much different than a regular practice.  It was pretty much the same, just twice as long.  Needless to say, the extra length gave us extra time to get instruction on basic skills and to get more detailed advice on kata etc.

I pretty much learned Gojushiho-sho during this time.  Pretty much.  Not completely.  I kind of forgot Kanku-dai and Tekki Shodan and Empi!!  Too many damn kata to remember and not enough time to practice them all.


Kitamichi?-sensei, (I'm not sure what her name was!) told us that the rising punch in Empi should be done like a regular Shotokan punch, just rising.  She said that your hand starts at your side with our fist in a palm up position and then you rotate it into the palm down position as you push out and up into the punch.

Also, after working with her right by my side, I learned to get lower when doing Empi.


There was a little confusion on moves 51 and 54.  Should the right hand push out and the left hand punch and then switch when doing the mirrored side?  Or should it be the other way around?  It may be that the left hand pushes out and the right hand punches on BOTH sides.

excerpt illustration from the kata gojushiho-sho
Illustration from "27 Shotokan Katas"

Instructions for 51a, "raise your left knee while performing left tateshuto-uke." and for 54a are "raise your right knee while performing left tateshuto-uke. 

In "The Kata Book" (R. Redmond) he writes 
51. Vertical Sword Hand Block (Hidari Tate Shuto Uke). Raise the left knee into the chest, and block with an inhalation at about half force with a right side vertical sword hand block.
52. Middle Level Punch (Migi Chudan Jun Zuki). As the foot stomps into the floor, punch strongly with the right fist to the middle level with a sharp exhale at full power.
53. Double Open Hand Low Level Block (Morote Kaishu Gedan Uke). Look to the right, and double open hand block to the right side without raise the arms from their current position. Exhale sharply and focus quickly.
54. Cross Your Feet - Step the left foot over the right foot so that the outside edges of both feet are touching each other. Step speedily at first, then slow the step greatly and pause somewhat as the stepping foot reaches the floor. Produce a long inhalation during the step, and remove any existing muscle tension in the previous technique.
55. Left Vertical Sword Hand Block (Hidari Tate Shuto Uke). Raising the right knee into the chest strongly, block with a vertical sword hand at half power while inhaling.
56. Right Middle Level Punch (Migi Chudan Jun Zuki). As the right foot stomps into the floor, focus a right middle level punch with a sharp exhale.
55 and 56 can be performed in reverse with the right and then the left hand. The same is true for this kata as it is for Gojushiho-Dai. Why these techniques are performed left-right and then left-right again is a mystery that no one seems to have the answer to.
His instructions for 51 say "hidari tate shuto uke" in the title but then "right side vertical sword hand block."  Then at the end he writes that "55 and 56 can be performed in reverse."   So perhaps you can do it left-right, left-right or left-right, right-left.  However, the Kanazawa videos (Labeled Gojushiho-dai, not sho) show him performing it as it is in the "27 Shotokan Katas" book with two left vertical sword hand blocks.

We also went over Meikyo nidan, jion and kankudai.  I also practiced Tekki shodan a little.  We didn't have enough time to actually learn Meikyo-nidan.  This is maybe the second or third time we have touched on this.  We never spend enough time for me to learn it.

Ross learned Jitte for the first time and pretty much memorized all of the moves. Mary worked more on Heian Shodan and Nidan.  She was looking pretty good.

Kumite for Ross and Mary

We had a mini mock kumite bout and I was sub judge.  I don't have much confidence. Maybe there is some directions in the handbook I was given about scoring.  Or maybe I just need to ask more about it.    Mary was very timid about hitting her opponent until Muto-sensei urged them to hit each other harder and she finally did and got in a good solid hit and got a point.  Ross did really well against an older kid.  He blocks and dodges really well and got a good square punch in.  He wasn't able to land any kicks, though.  I didn't have the opportunity as there were only younger kids there on the second day when we did this.

I went all out during the first day of gasshuku and made the bottom of my feet very sore.  I also got sore muscles all over and was without power on the second day.  Hopefully the sore muscles I have now will go away soon and I won't be left with more injury.