Monday, September 26, 2016

Practice notes


There were not so many kids there for this practice.   We had makiwara that Muto-sensei made for us and brought during the last gasshuku. I got it out so the kids could use it.  Only a few of the kids used it.  I couldn't get Ross to use it.  Mary used it once though.

As usual, we did Kihon, Kumite and Kata.

N.Y. gave me some advice on Kumite.  So did Crown. N.Y.'s advice was that I could sweep the opponent's hand away to the side and strike.  Crown's advice was to precede a kick with a few punches.  He said I was telegraphing and there was no way I could get a hit.

We did Basai-sho, Kanku-sho and Unsu.  I have almost memorized all the moves for the first two but it was my first attempt to learn Unsu.  Of course I can't remember it at all.  He then us all do one kata as a performance and told me to do Kankudai.  He keeps having me do Kankudai.  Not always, but often.  I never know what he is going to ask me to do and I have no time to practice.  The next test is in probably in early December.  I need to practice for that.  One of my biggest problems is that I can't do mawashi geri and I can't do side snap kick with my right leg.  My deteriorating hips just can't do the movement for the side snap kick and my hips and poor flexibility won't allow me to do mawashi geri correctly.

I have one more foot race on the calendar that I am preparing for and when that is over I will then cut back on my running and use that time to practice karate in the mornings.  (in the snow and on the ice...)

Monday, September 19, 2016

Jion notes from Gasshuku

We had two days of gasshuku over the weekend.  Muto-sensei had us do a lot of Kihon.  He brought a makiwara and left it so we could use it.  Physically it was very challenging and we didn't do any strength or conditioning work.  Just doing so much kihon was a lot of work.  It is Tuesday and I am still a little sore from it.

Kato-sensei, who comes sometimes but is not really one of our regular sensei, came and helped me and another boy work on Jion.  He have us lots of advice. I typed up all the points that I could remember last night on my tablet.  I will paste them below.  The numbers do not correspond to a 挙動 (kyodo), the numbers you would see in those kata illustrations floating around.  They are only points for me to remember.

Kata Join advice

1) Start with power.
2) bring hands to chest, crossed, then out as if you are going to pull somebody's hands off of your collar, very forcefully. Focusing on pushing our fists out/down/into the opponents (non existing) arms. (I actually tried to do this with Kato-sensei holding my collar and it was almost impossible)
3) From front stance, keep hands stationary in the air as you front kick hard and land in front stance with power. Make yourself and your punch solid, so you can't be pushed back by your opponent.
4) Two punches in quick succession
5) Rinse and repeat to the other side
6) Age uke, gyaku Suki x 3, Kia after the last one
7) From front stance, with your right leg as the axis, bring your back foot up to the front foot as you pivot for manji uke(?), then perform kagi zuki (hook punch?), shuffle to the side a half-step, don't hop.
8) Repeat to the other side
9) Downward block, front stance
10) Palm blocks x 3. Feet travel on a line, don't swing around in an arc. * According to Kato-sensei, this is a block, not a strike. *
11) Manji uke to upper morote uke (two-handed assisted block) then repeat to the other side
12) Bring fists to belt, bring knee up high, foot flexed to keep foot parallel with floor, step out cross block to low level, rip hands back as if trying to free them from someone's grip, step forward and perform the mid-level block, then on to the upper level block, do the next succession of hand moves while keeping your body facing forward, you don't move into hanmi for any of it, do back fist strike, Soto-uke(?), keep fist under elbow to use for hikite as you swivel for inside block then oizuki, then inside block to oizuki to the other side
13) Perform downward block,
13) keeping body straight up and down as if there were a rod down your spine, moving feet along one board or line, chest and body facing straight forward , fist up high, fists in line straight up and down with knee, turn into kibadachi as you come down forcefully.
14) closest distance to grab opponent's hand

Japan National Karate Team : "Jion" training @ WKF World Championship 2012

Monday, September 5, 2016

Shintokan Cup Tournament in Makubetsu

I took Mary and Ross to the Shintokan Cup Tournament in Makubetsu on Sunday.  It was the first time for us to go to a Shintokan tournament.  It was different from the other Shotokan tournaments we went to so I'd like to write it down here for future reference.


1st thru 2nd grade just do 3 bon kumite.

Gedan barai > right jodan tsuki (upper level punch)
Change sides, Gedan barai > left chudan tsuki (mid level punch)
Change sides, Gedan barai (Kamai can be the two hands down balance kamai or the kumite kamai with fists up > right mae geri (front kick).

3rd grade and up, free kumite (free sparring)

Rounds: 1 x 1:30
First person to get 3 points wins.
Ippon wins (three point hit)
No fouls or warnings.
Don't have to wear shin/instep guards.

I saw some kids crying and limping during this tournament.  SO, since you can't get any warnings, you should try and hit your opponent as hard as you can.  If she cries and decides she can't go on, you in. This also means you should be prepared to get hit hard.

Many kids I know from the next village over practice this style of Shotokan.

Kata was just like any other tournament.  Plus they had team Kata and family kata.  Maybe next year the kids and I can do a family kata together.

Weekly Non-Running Report for Aug 20 to Sep 4

Weekly Non-Running Report

Monday, August 29, 2016 - Sunday, September 04, 2016

This week's distance
Avg Weekly Distance (2016)

13.7 ▼2.7%

Avg Weekly Days Run (2016)


Days since last run
August 28th 2016
Effects of detraining
Resting Metabolic Rate ⬇ 4% within 7-10 days [1]
Blood lactate concentration ⬆ and ⬇ aerobic endurance[1]

Studies show that some amount of detraining is good for recovery, but too long a break can result in some fitness loss.

Last break longer than this was
July, 2016
Number of longer breaks
twenty three

Heart Healthy Guideline

Heart healthy weeks missed
16 weeks
Average METs per week
581 METs

Cheers and Happy Recovery,

Chris, Jacklyn, and Steve

The AHA recommends a weekly minimum of 500 - 1,000 MET minutes per week of exercise.