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Has anyone tried using a rotating curriculum to teach the Heian/Pinan series of katas? Or for that matter, any series of kata. I'm curious as to what the pros and cons of doing it were for your school.
This week, we took a look at a drill meant to explore some of the many different kakushi-waza ("hidden" techniques), so to speak, within the basic middle block/receiver, specifically focusing on the striking potential of the movement. This isn't so much a directly applicable fighting technique as it is an exploratory skill/flow drill, but it's a lot of fun, and I have found it very beneficial.
I am 51 and started Karate at 45. I have a confirmed right hip arthritis and I am starting to accumulate more and more injuries. To achieve my goals I may have trained hard but not smart so I am looking for your opinion on this topic. Thank you
P.S. The topic sprung after listening to Iain’s interview with Jeremy Lesniak and after I listen his podcast on Self Protection, Injuries
I've created a training drill for the hanging bag, Century Bob (other Roberts are available) or a focus mitt holder.
The drill addresses several distances and heights, whilst providing movement of the upper and lower body.
The drill can be decomposed into smaller composites and the learning is within these composites. The learning should not be focused on how well you know the entire drill but the exercises or lessons within the drill.
I teach this drill to my personal students and we drill each exercise for 3 minute periods.
Taking the double outer block sequence of Ananko Kata (Anannko, Ananku) then back to the outer block and double punch sequence. Using the focus mitts to help develop power in a safe way, and taking different sequences from different parts of the kata highlighting the idea you do not have to follow the order of the kata.
Another application drill for chest block (chudan uke). Here, we are examining the windup and chest-block motion as striking the back of the neck, grabbing the chin/face, and pealing the head back to expose a target for the hammer fist (face, side of head, or throat). Various possible follow up techniques--here, we are practicing the hammer fist and knee strike. This drill is a bit more challenging for beginners, but my students eventually caught on and had fun training it. Hope you can use it or modify it for your own students.
Taking the final sequence of Ananko Kata (Anannko, Ananku) and working the moves on the focus mitts. Utilising the left kakete, right maegeri landing back into right gyakuzuki. With a shout out to Jamie Gray at Musashi Karate for his recent interpretation of the same sequence!