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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Notes for 2015-08-19

Muto-sensei

As we had just recently had a belt test Muto-sensei was giving out new certificates and belts to those who gt them. We have lots of brown belts now.  Three kids have cought up with me and are now 3-kyu.  One got promoted to 1-kyu.  The three new beginners all got promotted, with the oldest jumping from nothing to a blue belt, which must be 8-kyu.  Ross was promoted up just one level to 7-kyu and Mary got her first colored belt.  Ross and Mary were not able to attend the regular testing and so they had their test just before practice with only Muto-sensei presiding.  He had already decided beforehand what level he was going to give them so it didn't matter much.

Lesson learned. 

I practiced with Ross and Mary almost everyday we were home to make sure they could pass (I knew they would) and hopefully that they could jump a level.   I realize now that we must take our tests on the official day of the test if we want a chance at jumping up a level.  Mary improved a lot.  Ross not so much.

As he is often told by Muto-sensei, Ross needs to step and not shuffle.  He always drags his feet across the floor instead of taking steps.  Mary of course, learning form Ross, does the same thing.  I will have to remember this.  Since we have been practicing so much coming up to the test, I am hoping we can keep the momentum going and work on improving their basics and kata more.  I'm not sure how I can help them work on improving their sparring skills.

Bassai-dai

I worked on Bassai-dai with the new brown belt and NY.  NY was a little unsure on one spot of the kata but I was pretty sure.
Advice:
Move 12, step up half a step with your left/back foot as you move into back stance for knife hand block.
Move 16, bring your elbows up and back (kiai)
Move 27, there is no chambering action before the first yama-zuki.
Move 35?, for the final move (knife-hand block), bring your rear (right) foot up quickly smack into your left foot and then snap your left foot out as the front foot into back stance and then kiai.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Tekki Shodan

2015-08-05  6pm to 8pm, Muto-Sensei

Kihon
Kumite
Kata


It was hot and Muto-sensei did a little too much chatting so we didn't get as much work in as we normally would, which was fine because it was so damn hot!

Kihon
We ran through kihon pretty quickly, cutting out some of the things we normally do.  Nothing special here.

Kumite

Again, we went through this quickly, with the final free sparring (jiyu kumite) cut out.

Kata

We split into two groups. Black belts and those about to be black belts and the other belts.  Muto-sensei worked with the lower level members and the black belt group split again into two groups.  One practicing Tekki Nidan, the other, my group, practicing Tekki Shodan.  We didn't have much time to practice.  We slowly went through Tekki Shodan while a better member coached us on the minute details of hand placement and leg movement.

Advice: 

  • The steps should be done quickly.  The first step especially. He said it was like you were trying to sneak in an attack on your opponent.  
  • The hook punch should be done at solar plexus level and should come out about even with the side of your body. The elbow should be bent at 90 degrees and the arm should be pointing slightly downward.

From a PDF book I use for reference from the now defunct site 24fightingchickens.com

Directions for Tekki Shodan by Rod Redmond from "Kata, the folk dances of Shotokan"
1.     Begin - Stand in the closed feet stance with the left open hand over the right in front of the thighs. The palms should be turned in, and the fingertips should point straight down. The fingernails of the left and right hands should overlap.
2.    Step Across - Look to the right. Step the left foot over the right, but not too far in front of it. As you perform this kata, you will cross your feet at the ankles many times. If you put the crossing over foot too far in front of the support foot each time, eventually you will work your way forward by about 3 feet. Step so that the outside edge of the left foot is touching the outside edge of the right foot. Bend the knees as you take this step.
3.      Back Hand Block - Raise the knee of the right foot up into the chest keeping the foot close to the body and step out into a horse riding stance. The step should describe the top half of a circle with the foot. From the hands' current position, block outward with the back of the open right hand to the middle level. The left hand should draw back against the waist.
4.     Elbow Strike - Still looking right, strike with the left elbow horizontally to the right. Pull the right hand palm inward to meet the elbow. The forearms should be parallel to the right side, not at an angle. The difficult part about this technique: Do not move your knees, even if you cannot turn your hips. You'll have to twist at the waist.
5.     Cup and Saucer - Look to the left. Bring both fists down to the waist, strongly drawing the right hand back and putting the left fist vertically on top of the right fist.
6.     Down Block - Continue looking to the left. Block to the left side with a left down block from the current positioning without any chambering action.
7.      Hook Punch - Draw the left arm back strongly and hook punch with the right fist across the front of the chest. The forearm should be angled downward slightly. The arm and the chest should form a rectangle when viewed from above. The elbow finishes bent at 90°.
8.    Inside Block - Step with the right foot over the left with the feet very close together. Step very quickly, but then pause slightly at the part where the foot touches the floor, and then continue with the movement. Step up with the left foot in an arcing stomping step as in the second movement of this kata. As you do this, reach with the right hand over the left drawn fist to chamber for an inside block. As the foot lands, block with the right hand inside outward. Some people, who have reverse engineered the applications for these techniques, recommend that you not throw a choked inside block without its folding component like this. In order for this to work as an arm bar, it requires the execution of a full inside block. So, an alternative way of performing this technique is to reach forward with the left fist, and to reach underneath the left arm with the right to fold for the block, then inside block strongly as the foot stomps. This is probably a more useful technique in the end, but most style kata competitors prefer to perform their techniques with shortcuts that will make them snappy.
9.      Sweeping Blocks - Down block with the right arm. The left arm should sweep up and outward with the fist pointing at a spot just about the left ear. The palm should be down and in. Be careful not to reach with the right shoulder or turn the torso when you perform this technique. The shoulders stay in place.
10.   Close Punch - Bring the right arm up so it is in a hook punch position. Bring the left arm down and flip the wrist so that your fist is pointing upward in an uppercut position with the elbow resting on the back of the right wrist.
11.    Return Wave Kicks - Look to the left and lift the left foot up without changing the position of the hips or the right knee. Lift the foot so that the sole is upwards and in front of the groin. Snap this technique, obviously, and as you set it down, swing both arms to the left, turning the left wrist over so that the left fist is now overhand. The left elbow should still be on the wrist of the right forearm.
12.   Another Return Wave Kick - Look to the right. Perform the mirror image of what you just did above. Wave kick and then continue using the arms in their previous position, and swing them around to the right as if outside blocking with the left arm. Flip the wrist over so that the palm turns upward again. The elbow never leaves the right wrist.
13.   Cup and Saucer - Look to the left as you bring both fists to the right waist in a cup and saucer position.
14.   Two Punches - Punch to the left with the left fist from the cup and saucer position. Hook punch with the right. Unlike Kanku-Sho and other kata with two punches, these punches are not both straight. The right arm should finish at a 90° angle and pointing slightly downward. The left should punch straight out. The fist of the right arm will never pass the edge of the body. Kiai on this technique.
15.    Back Hand Block - Fold the left hand under the right and slowly block with the back of the left hand. Decelerate and add tension as you progress.
16.   Elbow strike - As before, elbow strike into your left palm. You are going to do the rest of the kata as the exact mirror image of the first half from this point forward.
17.    Cup and Saucer - Look right. Cup and saucer to the left waist.
18.   Down Block - Down block to the right side.
19.   Hook Punch - Hook punch with the left arm.
20.  Inside Block - Step across with the left foot, step in an arc with the right, stomp as you land and inside block.
21.   Sweeping Blocks - Down block with the left arm. High sweeping block with the right as before but on the other side.
22.  Close Punch - Pull in the left arm to the hook punch posture. Set the elbow of the right arm on the back of the left wrist as you close punch to the chin level.
23.  Return Wave Kick - Look right. Return wave kick with the right leg. Block outward and overhanded with the right arm without changing the structure of the two arms.
24.  Another Return Wave Kick - Look left. Return wave kick with the left leg. Block underhanded to the left side.
25.   Cup and Saucer - Pull both fists to the left waist.
26.  Two Punches - Punch with the right arm to the right side. Hook punch with the left. Kiai.
27.  Finish - Return to the opening posture by pulling the right foot back to the left into a closed feet stance,. Place the left hand over the right as before.

Tekki Shodan with Directions in English