Saturday Morning Class Notes: 14th March 09
I believe the concept of compression is starting to be better understood and applied.
Consider that body movement, arms, legs and hips can be moved independently of each other – which we can describe as mechanical. Alternatively, we can use the compression factor. Think of any body movement beginning and ending as a result of compressing a spring – deeply bending the knees and lowering the hips. When ready, to punch or kick the compressed spring starts to unwind. The legs react from pressure on the floor, in turn activating the hips which again in turn move the kick or punching action.
Remember the example given during class. Yoko geri - raise the knee but not to its maximum height until the support leg transmits the effect of compression up and through the hips. This final lifting action allows the yoko geri to smoothly snap out towards the target.
Kihon uke kime san - When you step forward into the first zenkutsu dachi and the subsequent turns including the uke, you are in fact compressing the body – the release of this compression activates the gyaku tsuki.
Holding the body rigid/stiff will halt any natural flow of energy. The exercise we have been practicing – deep stance, gyaku tsuki, opposite fist thrust out as if to hold the opponent off limits. This is an exaggerated version of the action expected in kihon uke kime san.
Kumite - Today we spent some time practicing kihon jiyu. Normally each partner gets an opportunity to launch three attacks each. You will have note that today we restricted this to one. If the opportunity arises in class during the week – I would like you to try two attacks each before changing partners.
Kata – Progressing well. In class try to synchronize the entire kata – everyone in time with all others.
Ikkyu pupils; next week we will start on Basai dai, and if time Tekki shodan.
Resoku Heisoku Waza – Check out the depth and posture of your kiba dachi – then move into heisoku dachi. If you struggle to maintain a deep comfortable stance the problem may lie in your posture. You can get away with this error in kiba dachi but it will hamper your efforts in heisoku waza. See if you can establish why via experimentation.
I have attached a copy of the twenty taiso warm up exercises. In time we will explain details for those not fully described.
Shortly we will be announcing the introduction of a monthly instructors class open to all teaching staff. This class will endeavour to standardise Chidokan technique, protocol and administration procedures.
I would like to hear from students who do not have a Sempai – remember senior dan grades (Senpai) will choose those they wish to foster. We need a list of people seeking such support.