Sunday 26 August 2018

Updated Self-Training Regime

Here is my current updated self-training regime.

My kihon training regime is a little different from usual at present. I simple focus on one technique per day. For example, yesterday it was jodan age-uke. I practiced it: (1) in shizentai; (2) from shizentai to zenkutsu-dachi then returning to shizentai; (3) advancing and retreating in zenkutsu-dachi; and (4) in combination with different techniques (namely, the syllabus techniques: i. jodan age-uke kara gyaku-zuki; ii. jodan age-uke kara mae-geri keage soshite gyaku-zuki and iii. ippo sagatte jodan age-uke kara mawashi-geri, yoko-uraken soshite chudan oi-zuki).

In sum, working on the different core techniques—in isolation and in combination with other techniques—helps me to gain a renewed perspective of the Shotokan kihon. Accordingly, I recommend others periodically do this. I would to like to wrap up by saying `Whilst this idea is by no means a ground breaking training methodology, it has great value when sweating it out on the floor`. Give it a try sometime!!


a.   Jion
b.   Enpi
c.    Nijushiho
d.   Alternating Koten-gata

I am utilizing Jion for my base `Shoto` training; Enpi for continuity and tai no shinshuku; Nijushiho for fluidity and junansei; and a koten-gata—selected `based on my daily condition and findings within each individual training session`.

Overall, my present kata is more complex than usual, which in my view is not the best way—simple is best—however, this `broader than usual approach` is optimal at this time.

My kumite training is presently focused on two aspects: Firstly, continuous tsuki attacks. As I always teach, the combination of hand speed via relaxion and transfer of weight via upper and lower body timing. Secondly, I`m working on open hand strikes to weak points. I will leave it there for today. Greetings from Oita City, Japan. – André

© André Bertel. Oita, Japan (2018).

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