Bournemouth Karate Club (Wado Ryu)

 Running through the finer details of Pinan Nidan kata with my students.


The first move is not about using the fist like a hammer to hit something directly to "block" it. It's about using the whole length from elbow to fist to drop down and cover the width of the body. Likewise, for movement 4, the principle remains the same, but the angle of the arm is different because the width of the body facing the opponent is different.

Only one student came to training this time so we were able to spend more time on the details.

In karate training we all start of in a simplistic way, learning sequences of techniques, start points and end points. Over time, the finer details and precision matter, as maybe our speed and physicality diminishes.

A pet hate I have is the second and third movements of Pinan Sandan when executing the motions of Jodan Gaiwan Uke (Soto Uke) and Gedan Barai simultaneously with both arms. It irks me when people make the strange two-arm flapping movement, that hardly covers any protective area in front of the body.

I have bought one of these Buttafly Yoga Seats to work on my posture out side of the karate dojo.

Whilst karate stances and techniques exist at the point of when they are executed, your posture is 24*7*365 - every second of the day. Many of us work on computers at a desk and use our mobile phones far too often, which can only lead to issue long term.

Even though through my karate training I am more body aware of tension and stretch in the body, I don't spend enough time working on it at home and at work.

I will see how this goes and report back in the future.

Nodding donkeys equivalent in karate bowing

Bowing is very much part of Japanese cultural etiquette, and there is a lot that could be written about etiquette but I will leave it to you to search on the Ogasawara school of etiquette.

The very quick topic I wanted to cover in this blog is bowing during your pairwork practice, with a partner or a stream of partners.