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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Muto-sensei

Kihon
Kumite
Kata

The JHS kids were gone.  They all have tests at school coming up soon.  I was feeling really tired and I sweated a lot.  Muto-sensei had me stay in one spot during kumite and had the kids rotate around me.  I hate this. Its a lot of pressure on me and I sweat so much, that a pool of sweat accumulates around me and grosses the kids out.

For kata we worked on the Heian kata thru Heian Yondan.  Then we did kata shiai practice.  I had to do Jion and Kankudai.  I feel like I need to practice them.  I need to practice all the Heian kata too.  When the hell can I? Where can I?

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Kanku-sho

Muto-sensei

Kihon
Kumite
Kata

We didn't have a lot of members there for this practice.  A was gone so it was just H and I with Ni along.  Usually when I have to bring Ni with us, I can't practice.  I wasn't expecting that I would be able to practice on this day but I put on my gi anyway.  As it turned out, one of the new members, a little boy who is about 4 or 5, was my saviour.  Or rather, his father and little sister were.  They played with Ni and she didn't bother us at all and I got in a full practice.

Kihon and Kumite were a bit light.  We didn't practice them too hard and then we worked on Kata.  The other brown belts and I worked on Kanku-sho.  Muto-sensei asked us to work on Bassai-sho but no one knew how to do it and we had only just gotten an introduction to Kanku-sho the last practice so we worked on that.

I was able to get about two twenty minute practice sessions in on my own during lunch breaks when I worked on Kanku-sho.  Once for twenty minutes straight, just to learn all the steps and then once just for a few minutes as I went through all the other kata I have learned, just trying to keep the steps in memory.

I really need to spend time working on performing the kata and not just on learning them and trying to keep them in memory.  I would say my kanku-dai is improving.

We have a test coming up soon. In just under a month.  It looks like I need to practice Heian Godan and Tekki Shodan.
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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Kanku-Sho

Muto-sensei

Kihon
Kumite
Kata

This time we didn't do jiyu kumite.

Kata
NY was teaching some of us Kanku-sho.  However, we didn't have enough time to go all the way through it.

Kankudai - Three of us brown belts did Kanku-dai in tournament style.  Muto-sensei gave us some advice when we were done.

Advice: Do the moves appropriate to your height.  So, if you are tall, you don't have to block do that two handed cross block thing towards the end of kanku-dai with your hands extended all the way.  And if you are short, you might have to raise your hands up higher.  Do the moves as if there was an actual opponent there.

Kanku-sho has 39 moves.  NY showed us up to move 33.  It shouldn't be too hard to memorize.  This is the second time I've seen it.  But I have never worked all the way through it.

Apparently, many kata videos on YouTube are pirated from DVDs.  There are also many videos of kata performed at tournaments.  From now on I will be careful not to link to possibly copyrighted material.
Paul Walker of Shotokan Sensei, however, has uploaded many instructional videos to his YouTube channel.   Here is one for Kanku-sho.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvh7xYp9kBE&list=PLhlhhItgSJOb_rsgVKpigE8VW7Ue43lc7&index=6