Last Wednesday saw another group of new students arrive at the Dojo,this is starting to be a bit of a trend!we have a full hall now more often than not but most are trying it for the first time.
We focused on the basic Kihon and the applications so the newer students under-stand why the moves are carried out in this way.
Firstly we started with the downward block(Gedan Bari) in (Zenkutsu Dachi) Forward Stance 5 times going forward and 5 going back with a good Shout (Kiai) on the fifth, all techniques were carried out this way so the newer students didn't get confused with turning downward block( Mawate Gedan Bar).Then we carried out the main punching techniques = Lunge Punch (Oi Zuki) / Reverse Punch (Gyaku Zuki) /Knife Hand Strike (Shuto Uchi) all 5 forward and 5 back but with a stance change to (Kokutsu Dachi) Back Stance for the Knife hand block.
Second section was the basic blocks and again 5 forward and 5 back.
(Age Uke) Rising Block /(Soto Uke) Outside Block / (Uchi Ude Uke) Inside Block.
Third section we focused on was the Kicking techniques these were also carried out 5 forward turn and the same again all in (Zenkutsu Dachi) Forward Stance we started with (Mae Geri) Front Kick and then moved on to the more advanced kicks all in (Kiba Dachi) Horse Stance allot of focus was placed on the stance it self as this is one of the more physicality demanding of all the stances.(Yoko Geri Kekomi ) Side Thrust Kick and (Yoko Geri Keagi ) Side Snap Kick but these kicks are 3 to your left and 3 to your right,their was a sigh of relief when we changed to some partner work to end the class.
You may ask why is the blog titled "The Sensei Returns" well the class was supervised by Sensei Tony Power who had previously run the Dungarvan club for many years.Sensei Power took the class for the last 15 mins and made use work even harder than we had previously it was a great experience being taught by Sensei Power again after all these years.Dungarvan Karate club has produced many excellent karate-ka over the years and Sensei power has had a key role in this!
It appears as if their is an angelic glow around us but this is steam from the last 15 Min's where Sensei Power (pictured above on left) pushed us hard.
From the start of April 2nd we will be training every Saturday morning from 11:30am-1:00pm and Wednesday 8:00pm - 9:10pm hope to see you their.
Till next time.