Jiyu Ippon Kumite is dominating my present kumite practice; however, with multiple counters. What I am doing is not only countering decisively once but with at least two or three techniques—all of which are ‘full’/large scale waza. Each of these has the intent to finish the opponent, which is an inherent characteristic of budo/bujutsu karate. My counters are all intentionally random/spontaneous.
On a lessor scale, I’m also reviewing Asai Sensei’s Kakuyoku ‘trap and impact’ techniques which, as you will know, are a very standard part of my daily training.
Overall, I am mixing all of this training up freely. The number of repetitions varies day by day, but is not less than three sets of attack and defense at full speed. Attacks are standard: Jodan (Jodan oi zuki); Chudan (Chudan oi zuki); Mae geri (Chudan mae geri keage); Yoko kekomi (Chudan yoko geri kekomi); Mawashi geri (Jodan mawashi geri); and Ushiro geri (Chudan ushiro geri kekomi).
My kata training is once again going through a ‘diverse wave’, which can be split broadly between three types—foundational, advanced (Shotokan Ryu) advanced (Asai Ryu). While that may not sound very sophisticated, it stresses a key point… the foundational kata I’m presently working on are full just that: ‘for my kihon’. Likewise, all the ‘advanced kata’ are advanced (primarily for application). I must stress here that I’m not denigrating the basic kata; however, at present I’m simply using them to sharpen my base skills.
Taken as a whole, my kata training has been focused on three kata each day: one from each of these groups. My practice of each kata is eight times each. Alternately slow then with regular speed. Consistent with my current Kihon practice, the aim is quality. Hence, between repetitions I am having sufficient rest times with shin-kokyu.
While I am still getting a good workout, this month I’m really keeping is technical; thus, more anaerobic than anything else. As for my aerobic fitness, since the onset on the global pandemic I’ve dedicated extra time to cardio training.
|Competition was never my focus. However, winning titles in Japan and New Zealand certainly helped my development.|