In the text "Karate-Do Kyohan: The Master Text" there is a description of how the rising block should be performed in a basic partner drill format. I think it is on page 225 if anyone has access to a copy.
Here is what a part of the description says, with the main part of interest in bold:
"Defender: Lowering the hips and stepping back with the right foot, execute an upper level rising block with the left arm. The intention here is to hit the opponent's chin or armpit."
We have a new student for the past 7 months. Now he's a new student to us, but he's a black belt in another system of Korean/Shotokan mix. Sometimes when he speaks to our other students he'll tell them some of the techniques were doing is wrong. We should do them differently because the way he was taught to do them was faster. I don’t see them as faster. They almost look identical. Now we're primarily Okinawan Shorin Ryu. But we're our own version of it. My teacher and I have made changes to our training over the past 10 years.
I find myself wondering lately if the classic high energy 'hard' style martial arts training is the best way to develop flexibility. I'm not criticising the format of such classes. There's limited time in class to cover the main subject, which is the particular martial art that people have paid to be taught. I think therefore any instructor that gives too much class time to exercises we can do without expert supervision is going to quickly lose students.
I wonder what people's thoughts are on organising training sessions without an instructor. What I am thinking is in addition to regular training with an instructor, very often some students want to practice outside of class. One person might want to work on, say, a roundhouse kick, but they have nobody in their private circle of friends that will hold pads for them or who can spot for them. Someone else might want to practice and particular self defence technique and so on. So I'm thinking about hiring a hall for an hour, and a few of us from our club meet to practice various things.