This site is based on my daily practice of traditional Shotokan Karate-Do. I'm a Japan and international instructor based in Oita City. My dojo constantly has high-level trainees from all over Japan and, occassionally karateka from abroad, seeking true budo. More than anything else, unlike the majority of other karate-do websites, this page is primarily dedicated to training itself; that is, Karate-Do as a vehicle for holistic development.
Wednesday, 18 June 2014
Latest training regime marks the seventh anniversary of this site
Here is my latest karate-do self-practice
routine, which I have been following since early last week. I guess it is not
particularly outstanding in any way, just merely about `getting stuck in’ and
attempting to capitalise on self-analysis. Bolstering this, of course, is the phenomenal
tuition of Nakamura Masamitsu Shihan, whose technical advice is absolutely
invaluable. Before I outline my latest self-training regime, it is probably
also worth mentioning that today marks
the seventh anniversary of this blog! Osu, André.
KIHON: This month, in my kihon training (besides seiken choku-zuki, gyaku-zuki, mae-geri, and shuto yokomawashi uchi) I am focusing on
ido-kihon; namely the JKA (Japan Karate Association) syllabus techniques.
Normally, I tend to be more diverse and simplistic in my self-practice of
kihon; nonetheless, I periodically still go through the `examination kihon’.
That being said, I do not believe in merely doing laps up and down the dojo.
Every practice, I focus on a core theme i.e. – kokyu (breathing), a specific
aspect of my unsoku (leg movements/footwork) and so on. Anyway, here is my
`flexible’ base plan…
Ido kihon: (1)Either
`Chudan jun-zuki’, `Sanbon ren-zuki or
‘Kizami-zuki kara sanbon ren-zuki’; (2)Either ‘Jodan age-uke kara chudan
soto-uke kara chudan gyaku-zuki’ or
`Ippo sagatte Jodan age-uke kara mawashi-geri, yoko-uraken soshite chudan
jun-zuki; (3)`Chudan soto-uke kara yori-ashi yoko enpi (kiba-dachi), yoko
uraken soshite chudan gyaku-zuki’; (4)
Chudan uchi-uke (kokutsu-dachi) kara kizamiz-zuki soshite chudan gyaku-zuki; (5) Ippo sagatte gedan barai kara
chudan jun-zuki soshite chudan jun-zuki; (6)Either ‘Chudan shuto-uke
(kokutsu-dachi) kara nukite’ or
‘Chudan shuto-uke (kokutsu-dachi) kara kizami mae-geri soshite nukite; (7) Either
‘Mae-geri kara chudan jun-zuki’, ‘Ren-geri’ or
Mae-geri kara yoko-kekomi soshite chudan gyaku-zuki; (8) `Yoko-keage ashi o kaete yoko-kekomi (kiba-dachi); and (9) Either Mawashi-geri kara
gyaku-zuki’ or mae-geri kara yoko-kekomi,
mawashi-geri soshite chudan gyaku-zuki’.
·Repetitions: At present I am doing quite low
repetitions compared to normal Each ido-kihon waza I merely perform 10 times
slowly, then 10 times with maximum effort. If unsatisfied, I simply do another
set (another 10 slow, then with everything I’ve got). In sum, my kihon training
at present is all about quality rather than quantity, and really working on
`precision coupled with explosiveness’ in a systematic way.
KUMITE: At present,
Nakamura Shihan has us going through all of the forms of standard Nihon Karate
Kyokai kumite (Gohon kumite, Kihon ippon kumite, Jiyu ippon kumite and Jiyu
kumite) but occasionally he gives us a variation; for example, jiyu ippon
kumite—then immediately after the counterattack—a quick moment of jiyu kumite.
In my self-training, besides reviewing what we are doing in the group
practices, I am working a lot on my deai-waza; furthermore, reviewing the oyo
(applications) of Gojushiho Dai kata.
KATA: Quite simply my kata practice is divided into three sections: shitei,
sentei and tokui-gata, as follows…
Heian Shodan, Heian Nidan, Heian Sandan, Heian Yondan, Heian Godan and Tekki
Bassai Dai, Kanku Dai, Enpi and Jion; and (C)Tokui-gata: GOJUSHIHO DAI.
·Repetitions: Unlike kihon I am tending to do kata
`until failure’ i.e. – until I can no longer continue. Of course, this depends
on my daily condition and the environment each day. To wrap up the kata portion
of my training, I always end with a treat i.e. – “blast out a kata not from my
regime” (either another jiyu-gata or a `non-syllabus’ kata). For me, this final
kata really strips me of all my energy, and ends the session with a bang.