Special Club Training Session & Grading, September 2016

Another top training session this month with JKA England’s top instructor, Ohta Sensei.

Basics incorporated reaction exercises that, combined with partner work, connected attacks and defences very quickly. It’s these rapid exercises that help to build essential reaction/fast-twitch muscle.

Everybody grading received a runthrough of their kata and brown belts in particular had a longer class to help polish Bassai Dai. Bassai Dai is a showcase for the 18 months to 3 years training. It contains top to bottom reverse twist, rotational blocks with linear legwork, stationary blocking with downwards compression and rooting energy with flexible upper. One of the reasons we spend so much time on this form is that gradually, it helps the practitioner better understand how opposing parts of their body can work together to develop maximum power, speed and smoothness.

Congratulations to everyone who passed their grading!