Saturday, December 29, 2007

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Todays karate syllabus

KATA-VASA - is a movement involving some blocks, punches and kicks.
GYAKU is reverse. Any punch with opposite leg and hand in the front is called a GYAKU-???-ZUKI.

MAE - Front
YOKO - Side

GERI - Kick

MAE-GERI - Front kick

Pledge: (I don't fully remember)
I student of TATSUKAN-... hereby pledge, .... secrecy.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Todays karate syllabus

4 th block - with the folded fist coming from the ear to the opposite shoulder level blocking with back of the arm.
shuto uke - knife hand block.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Todays karate syllabus

REI is to bow.
YOI is the ready position.
DACHI-REI is to bow in standing position.
ZA-REI is to bow in the kneeling position.
GI is the karate dress.
OBI is the karate belt.

upper block
middle block
lower block


Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Third day in Karate class

First, the master should be addressed as RENSHI. Second, the fist should be formed by tightly folding the first fold of the fingers (the first one from the tip), then the second and finally the third. The thumb should then be folded and pressed on the folded index finger - this makes a hard and solid fist. While attacking/defending, the back leg should be straight, the front leg should be slightly bent, both legs diagonally opposite and the feet should be straight pointing to the front.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Second day in karate class

Learnt some more warmup exercises - They really are very effective. Learnt some punches (ZUKI) - upper (JODAN), middle (CHUDAN), lower (GIDAN) and the triple punch (SAN ZUKI).

The Japanese numerals:

1 - Ichi
2 - Ni
3 - San
4 - Yon
5 - Go
6 - Roku
7 - Shichi
8 - Hachi
9 - Ku
10 - Ju

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

First day in karate class

This was a day come true. After long searches and delays, I finally found a karate school and that too a nice one. It's five minutes walk from my house and the style practiced here is Isshinryu. I was thought some warm up exercises and the bowing method (also called as rei). One should bow before the teacher every time before talking to him and at the end of the class. Also at the end of the class everyone should bow to the hall (dojo) as a mark of respect. Rei is performed by keeping the feet in V shape with the heels touching each other, the hands on the side with the palms resting on the side of the thighs and with a slight forward bend with the eyes facing the feet and pronouncing something which sounded like "HOIZ".