Since arriving back in Japan I have pretty much been focusing on the following techniques. Please note that I have only provided a general overview of techniques and repetitions here, as opposed to my 'personal targets'. I will describe some of these in subsequent posts, in particular, aspects pertaining to Asai style karate.
(1) Chudan gyaku zuki (from stationary zenkutsu dachi, and thrusting up into zenkutsu up from seiza) practising both seiken and nakadaka-ippon ken. (2) Stationary mae keriage from seiza. (3) Jodan tsumasaki geri from stationary zenkutsu (this is a kick with the toe tips, and is a kekomi). (4) All variations of muchiken implementing haito, shuto, shihon nukite and ganken. I train this typically from a stationary fudo-dachi. (5) Asai Sensei's second stationary empi uchi renshu. My typical repetitions are currently 30 each side, but sometimes I will do up to 100 repetitions (that is, 50 each side). In all cases I typically do a warm up set of usually 20 reps.
For Ido-Kihon I am following a standard Shotokan routine: (1) Sanbon zuki. (2) Sanbon mae geri. (3) Yoko keage kara yoko kekomi with the same leg in zenkutsu dachi. (4) Yoko keage ashi o kaete yoko kekomi (in kiba dachi, changing legs in the typical syllabus fashion). (5) Mae geri kara chudan oi zuki. (6) Jodan mawashi geri kara chudan gyaku zuki. (7) Ushiro geri kara chudan gyaku zuki. (8) Jodan age uke kara chudan gyaku zuki. (9) Jodan age uke kara chudan mae geri sara ni chudan gyaku zuki. (10) Chudan soto ude uke kara yori ashi yoko empi uchi, uraken yokomawashi uchi sara ni chudan gyaku zuki (with the usual stance transitions). (11) Chudan uchi ude uke kara chudan gyaku zuki. (12) Chudan uchi ude uke kara jodan kizami zuki sara ni chudan gyaku zuki. (13) Kaiten shinagara gedan barai kara chudan gyaku zuki. (14) Chudan shuto uke in kokutsu dachi. And (15) Chudan shuto uke kara shihon nukite (with the standard stance transitions). Currently I am doing eight to twenty repetitions of each technique, all with maximum snap. In saying that, I usually only do around 10. Also, I tend to have rest periods. Usually I do equal amounts of slow repetitions to warm up and 'groove' my technique.
My current focus has been the Tekki-shodan, Kankudai, Sochin, the five Joko kata, Seiryu, and Hushu. Repetition, and training in general, have currently been dependent on my physical condition, but as a general rule, I will usually practice any given kata at least three times. In saying that, in some sessions I will go through up to 30 kata (i.e. - 10 kata three times each). Other days I will just practise one or two kata five to ten times each. Usually I am more organised in my kata training. I hope to return to a more 'set' and disciplined system soon. My excuse is the Kyushu heat, humidity, the rainy season, the human race not getting to Mars yet etc ...
Besides free sparring with some of local 'rugged boys' I have mainly been focused on further-refining my practical kata application (bunkai/oyo-jutsu). Over the Japan summer holidays, I'm being paid to teach a number of self-defence courses, so I will include some gems from my latest discoveries.
The weakest point in my training since being back in Nippon, is not having regular access to a makiwara, heavy bag, focus mitts or impact shield. Before, in New Zealand, 'full-power' impact training was something I experienced on a daily basis, and in my opinion is nothing less than crucial. I will certainly invest in a new makiwara soon!