Continued training for upcoming Shodan exam doing the various Kihon combination technques, Kata and review of Jiyu-Ippon Kumite for Jodan, Chudan, Maigeri and Yokogeri. Utillizing Kancho Kanazawa's Kumite system to develop Tenshin/Taisabaki.
Training Karate with beginners, such as Lori, starts with learning how punch and kick. Doing the basic offensive movements helps develop the correct defensive techniques. As Takemori Sensei has explained, you would first learn how to fall in Judo, before you starting learning to throw...this is the same with Karate. But in this case you start with the offensive movements first before you develop the defense techniques. In this case we did punching and front snap kicks both left and right sides.
Working with the advanced group consisted of reviewing the Shodan exam basics, favorite (Tokui) Kata...Meikyo, Kanku-dai and Sochin as well as Jiyu-Ippon and Jiyu Kumite.
Worked in class on Kumite practice, both jiyu-ippon and jiyu kumite. As well as reviewed katas being performed by individuals looking to perform in the upcoming SKIF Hawaii tournament being held on May 15th. Also, we had the opportunity to work with kicking pads to demonstrate the proper kicking and punching techniques.
Continued training for Dan examination which includes all three aspects of Karate: Kihon, Kata and Kumite. Started practicing Jodan and Chudan Jiyu-ippon techniques. An item to add that is incorporated into all SKIF dan exams, is that black belt examinee's go through a Kime test to check on your development of an individuals Kime.