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Monday, May 05, 2008

Ten No Kata

Last Night Sensei Andy taught the begineers, while the rest of us were sent off to practise Heian Shodan.

We were asked to practise in drill formation, The first nine moves going forward then turning and the rest of the moves coming back.

The all moves going forward and progressing to all moves stepping back.

We than performed Heian Shodan, Heian Shodan Ura, Heian Shodan Go and Heian Shodan Go Ura.

It gave us quite a bit to think about, on our return into the main dojo we went through Heian Shodan, Ura, Go and Go Ura, then Heian Nidan Ura, Go and Go Ura and then Heian Sandan.

A few times through Heian Sandan (normal) for a few karateka working towards gradings and then Sensei taught Ten No Kata.

TEN NO KATA

1. MIDDLE LEVEL THRUST PUNCH Chudan Oi-zuki
From Yoi, left hand Tate Shuto, step forward into right front stance with right front punch. Return to Yoi by withdrawing right foot. Repeat on other side.

2. UPPER LEVEL THRUST PUNCH Jodan Oi-zuki
From Yoi, left hand Tate Shuto, step forward into right front stance with right upper level front punch. Return to Yoi. Repeat on other side.

3. MIDDLE LEVEL REVERSE PUNCH Chudan Gyaku-zuki
From Yoi, left hand Tate Shuto step forward with left leg into front stance, with right reverse punch. Return to Yoi. Repeat on other side.

4. UPPER LEVEL REVERSE PUNCH Jodan Gyaku-zuki
From Yoi, left hand Tate Shuto step forward with left leg into front stance with right upper level reverse punch. Return to Yoi. Repeat on other side.

5. DOWNWARD BLOCK, MIDDLE LEVEL REVERSE PUNCH Gedan-barai, Chudan Gyaku-zuki
From Yoi, step back with right leg into front stance, with left downward block. Strike with right middle level reverse punch. Return to Yoi by bringing right foot forward. Repeat on other side.

6. MIDDLE LEVEL INSIDE FOREARM BLOCK, MIDDLE LEVEL REVERSE PUNCH Chudan Uchi-Uke, Chudan Gyaku-zuki
From Yoi, step back with right leg into front stance, with left inside to outside block. Strike with right middle level reverse punch. Return to Yoi by bringing right foot forward. Repeat on other side.

7. MIDDLE LEVEL SWORD HAND BLOCK, MIDDLE LEVEL SPEAR HAND ATTACK Chudan Shuto -Uke, Chudan Nukite
From Yoi, step back with right leg into the back stance, with left sword hand block. Shift from back stance to front stance and strike with right middle level spear hand attack. Return to Yoi by bringing right foot forward. Repeat on other side.

8. UPPER LEVEL RISING BLOCK, MIDDLE LEVEL REVERSE PUNCH Jodan Age-uke, Chudan Gyaku-zuki
From Yoi, step back with right leg into the front stance, while raising left arm in an upper level rising block. Strike with right middle level reverse punch. Return to Yoi by bringing right foot forward. Repeat on other side.

9. UPPER LEVEL SWORD HAND SWEEP, UPPER LEVEL REVERSE PUNCH Jodan Shuto-barai, Jodan Gyaku-zuki
From Yoi, step back with right leg into front stance, while swinging the left hand upward in an arc to block with a sword hand at eye level. Strike with right upper level reverse punch. Return to Yoi by bringing right foot forward. Repeat on other side.

10. UPPER LEVEL IRON HAMMER BLOCK, MIDDLE LEVEL REVERSE PUNCH Jodan Soto-uke(Uchikomi),Chudan Gyaku-zuki
From Yoi, step back with right leg into the front stance, while performing outside to inside block with left hand. Strike with right middle level reverse punch. Return to Yoi by bringing right foot forward. Repeat on other side.

Sensei explained how ten no kata was used prior to Gohon, Sanbon and Ippon kumite as a stepping stone to free style. How Ten No Kata is expanded on as a training kata for beginners , intermediate and advanced karateka.

I like this sort of training and am looking forward to it development over the next few weeks.

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