Opened by repeating Saturday drill: choku zuki. First, half way hand position: tate, ura zuki. Push through, no hip movement.

 

From zenkutsu dachi: First, no hands open and close hips: Using a book Sensei Kanazawa showed that the hips pivot not about the centre but about the edge, i.e. the hips hinge around the front leg like a door opening and closing. This so power is projected forwards and there is no backwards movement.

 

In zenkutsu dachi practised opening and closing hips using one hand on the hip; to push the hips closed or to hold the hinge in place. Repeated punching exercise, as choku zuki, in zenkutsu dachi with same half way hands position: it is important that the hips do not move before the halfway position and only open/close once the half way position has been passed

 

Mini kata: stepped down migi oy zuki; move back shuto uke, kokotsu dachi, gyaku zuki; 45 degree gedan barai, kiba dachi(important that the stance and gedan barai finish at the same time); step forward oy zuki fudo dachi; step back oy zuki fudo dachi; right turn back 270 degrees kiba dachi empi; turn back 180 degree kiba dachi empi; pull back neko ashi dachi gedan barai; turn left 90 degree mawashi uke(tora guchi); step forward mawashi uke; yame

 

Hangetsu:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ebJlhR6Tns Before each move take a short rapid breathe in then exhale over about 2 seconds. Before moving into next stance straighten feet in direction of travel. Move 7: breathe in; move 8/9 breathe out for all of 8 and some of 9 until after hands cross then breathe in; move 10, breathe in during upward hand movement then breathe out on down stroke; move 11, take quick breathe when rotating hand; move 41 should take about 3 seconds(1 second breathe in, 2 seconds breathe out.

 

Gojushiho sho(dai):Sensei Kanazawa has swopped the order of these two katas to reflect their relative difficulty (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggSdKBcMSBQ)

 

Ippon kumite: Demonstration of three responses for kizami zuki, gyaku zuki; ushiro geri. Practised one kizami attack. Defence: front leg step 45, gyaku uraken, gyaku zuki Practised one gyaku zuki attack. Defence: front leg step 45, turn towards opponent kizami zuki, gyaku zuki.

 

Steve Reynolds

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