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Class Notes – Fu no Kata & Ku no Kata

February 24, 2012

This week’s lesson, I started off with some spine/back exercises. Why? Because after last week, when I taught joint mobility & isometric exercises for the shoulders and neck, I promised to move down and show more exercises for the spine. After all, I currently can’t tell if my students would need them. Better to teach the exercises, let my students experience them and then decide for themselves if they are helpful or not.

So, my exercises were:

1) Forward bends and back arches – don’t bounce at the end and don’t try to force a stretch either. We’re just warming up, taking your body through a range of motion.

2) Side bends – same points. Feel the stretch at your obliques.

3) Waist Twist – with your spine as your axis, twist your waist and let your arms and hands swing freely at your sides. Think of your arms as rocks on the ends of chains, that is the kind of movement you want to have. This is a taiji exercise that I enjoy a lot!

4) Kneeling back bends – this is officially a part of our junan taiso, so we are supposed to be doing this anyway. I showed two versions, the easier version (from seiza no kamae, leaning back and coming back up) and from a more upright position, with the torso and thighs in a straight line.

5) Hindu Push-ups – I’m not going for strength gains, but the stretching. So we didn’t do them at a fast pace. We just did them slowly, paying attention to the stretch and feeling the whole body in coordinated movement.

After this, we spent a while reviewing sui no kata and ka no kata. Then we began work on fu no kata and ku no kata. For fu no kata we worked on the first few exercises from my old class notes, taking a while with them because the students who turned up for this lesson didn’t try those before.

For ku no kata we only had enough time to work on the basic form. Gedan uke (moving offline, of course), metsubushi, then sokuyaku geri. One thing to watch out for: some people, after the gedan uke, move in at the wrong angle. We are doing zempo sokuyaku, so the body should be squared with the opponent’s body when kicking. If you are not squared with the target, your kick will most likely just glance off the target, or your opponent can shed off the kick easily just by twisting the body as you kick. You will most likely fall forward with your back towards your opponent, who can then proceed to bash you or choke you, depending on their mood and preference.

Now that would be embarassing!

Of course I will review fu no kata and ku no kata next lesson. But I won’t spend too much time on them, it’s high time to move on to the kihon happo. Stay tuned!


俊傑 (Shunketsu)


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