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Tough workout last night - half an hour of sparring followed by kata with weights, hojo undo, bag work, and falling practice. We cooled down with some throws and standing pins. ... See MoreSee Less

Updated 5 days ago  ·  

Classes as usual tonight! ... See MoreSee Less

Updated 2 weeks ago  ·  

Very excited! Looking forward to training with Sensei Paul and Sensei Michelle in a very short time! ... See MoreSee Less

Less than one month away!

Updated 2 weeks ago  ·  

This week we've been working on renzoku bunkai - continuous applications of techniques from a given kata. These are great opportunities to think about how one movement can flow into another, particularly taking into account an opponent's natural reactions (connector drills are extremely helpful for structuring these). The renzoku bunkai are also very good for cultivating a spirit of attacking non-stop and giving no opportunity for your opponent to counter-attack. ... See MoreSee Less

Updated 2 weeks ago  ·  

This week we've been working on applying techniques against an opponent using a series of attacks (i.e., not giving a clear opening for a counter). There are various strategies to help interrupt those attacks and make an opening. It's common to practice techniques against just a single attack - it's easier to learn that way and understand the basic biomechanics. But once you're comfortable with the technique it's important to practice applying it against more realistic attacks. ... See MoreSee Less

Updated 3 weeks ago  ·  

Last night we had kumite and kata at the beginning and end of our workout to be aware of how our control, technique, and performance were impacted by fatigue. In between we worked to tire ourselves out with rapid fire kihon ido, push ups, iron-person situps, cardio work, hojo undo, "stations", 60-second challenges, and muscle isolation exercises. It was good fun, and we all agreed we wanted to try it again and push ourselves even harder next time. ... See MoreSee Less

Updated 4 weeks ago  ·  

Last night we used movements from saifa kata to work on defenses against single-leg takedowns and basic tackles. The defenses aren't particularly difficult, but they are dependent on timing, so you need to have them ready to go at a moment's notice. Regular practice in watching for your opponent's movement is critical. ... See MoreSee Less

Updated 1 month ago  ·  

Congratulations to Steve on being awarded his blue belt! A tough test of sparring, endurance, and precision. ... See MoreSee Less

Updated 1 month ago  ·