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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Hooper Sensei in York

We were kindly invited to join our friends from York Kenshinkan today to train with Sensei Dave Hooper - JKA. As expected it was better than ever, or it may be that as you train year on year, you understand a little more and can take a little more in of what Sensei is explaining.

Sensei explained towards the end of the three hour session that he did not believe that karateka were even a good kumite karateka or a good kata karateka. He explained if you are good at one you must be good at the other. I don't know if I entirely agree, but if like Sensei you have such strong roots in Kihon you will probably be proficient at both Kata and Kumite.

The Kihon session was built around the foundations of Oi Zuki, Gyaku Zuki, Age Uke, Soto uke, Gedan Bari, Mae Geri, Mawashi Geri, Yoko Geri Kekomi, Usherio Geri etc.

We drilled a lot in Gohon kumite, focusing on a different aspect every time we changed.

We drilled in Heian Shodan, kihon, mirrored, backward, mirrored backwards, partnered one doing standard the other mirrored and evasion on block and attacking on punches.

We finished the session with some Bassai Dai, before some well earned refreshment at a local pub.

Sensei-ne-rei, O-tagnari-rei, Osu!

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