Bournemouth Karate Club (Wado Ryu)

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

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.

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 thought I would use a provocative title as click-bait to grab your attention.

It has been said that this one technique shows the grading panel enough insight into your technique as to pretty much make a judgement, or at least it is very telling on how Wado is your Wado currently.

This technique is practised a fraction of times in a lesson compared to every Kihon, and could well even be done once depending on how the class goes but it is my favourite technique.