Started training Jiyu-Ippon Kumite for Jodan (head) techniques. In the SKIF Kumite system, we do 5-step, 3-step, 1-step, free 1-step and un-prearranged Kumite movements to develop: apply the proper offensive and defensive techniques, distance "Sundome," Taisabaki, speed, power, Kime, Zanshin and breathing in a progressive Kumite system.
We want to welcome a new student to the club, her name is Lori. Part of her training was learning how to punch, front kick and move forward into a front stance.
Victor Takemori Sensei was there to help teach and provide guidance in the class.
In attendance were Norm, Catherine, Jenee and Serena.
Basic training starts off with learning offensive movements before defensive movements are taught. So learning how to punch and kick is a fundemental starting point for SKIF karate. By learning how to do these things, then learning how to defend against these attacks becomes an easier learning process.
Advance training consisted of a review of basic katas, one through five (Heian Shodan, Heian Nidan, Heian Sandan, Heian Yondan and Heian Godan) as well as Tekki Shodan. All are needed to advance to a brown belt or intermediate level as well as being a necessary part of Sho-dan exam process. Training finished with the first one-step free-style movement to defend against a lunging punch to the head.
The first day of training included three SKIF Hawaii Sensei's: Victor Takemori, Ed Kiyuna and Ron Awa. Also training were Norm, Mel, Serena, Amini and Jason. My thanks goes out to everyone who helped kick-start the first evening of training!
Training consisted of basic Shotokan movements such as: lunging front punch, front snap kick, rising block and five-step kumite was also done to improve distance and focus.
Advanced training consisted of combinations including outside block, back fist strike, and reverse punch. Side snap kick followed by side thrust kick. Also, freestyle kumite with practiced and included referee practice during the kumite session.