Finally back at the gym!
Finally back at the gym!
I got the bluetooth speaker to work-yay! MUCH louder, a terrific improvement.
Follow along of the orange belt exam.
Day #2 of running thru the Orange Belt test.
It’s great GMAU changed the practice video. This is MUCH easier to follow along.
My heart is holding up. Switched up diet even more-GOTTA get rid of even MORE sodium. Ugh. Lots more fruit bowls, half salad dressing, veggie cups. I really don’t mind at all, I could care less about what I eat, I just don’t like feeling so bad.
R ankle still not flexible enough. Jeez.
6 months later & I am still having problems with the kata list. Click on the above images to be sent into ‘Gallery’ mode where the image will be much larger & easier to see. This is a screenshot of the criteria covered on the exam but the kata are not specifically spelled out. I think it’d just be clear & specific if the katas themselves were listed=perhaps like this:
YB Kata: Taikyoku nidan
YB Kata: Heian Shodan
OB Kata: Taikyoku Nidan
OB Kata: Heian Nidan
I STILL don’t know if the above is correct.
The following is a screenshot:
Feeling MUCH better-rested, not tired, took a nap, super tired the last few weeks, not coughing, no green stuff making my lung flutter (maybe cuz I swam), heart holding up ok but hurts a bit and misses a beat at about the 16th beat or is weak. R ankle still unstable.L knee still unstable.Showed ‘Oscar’ GMAU. Cracked ea other’s backs. In aerobics room at 24 Hr. Fatness HB on Adams.
Met a very happy girl in the aerobics room and she joined me! 1st time! She was happy cuz she’s 33 but looks like she’s 17 and cuz she’s from San Diego.
GREAT drawings. Graphic Designer and Animation.
Good video. Good to do when the heart rate is high. I’ll make a stretching page now.
Great class. Do it again. Watch it and take notes. Had to do the whole thing on the phone cuz the laptop was too slow. Grr.
Feeling better but picked up yet another cough. Slow wifi after 5pm, I must remember to start earlier.
LA Fitness, Norwalk. Imperial Hwy.
‘Took it easy due to my heart & heart rate issues. ‘Didn’t want to get it hot. Still wanted to work it out to get my BP down tho’. Paused the video at least 10 times to keep my HR under 100.
Not too many problems w/my body. R ankle is looser but still hot. Torso didn’t get hot. Hernias didn’t bother me but I took it easy at work this week.
In the aerobics room at 24 Hr. Fitness in Huntington Beach on fAtlanta and Magnolia.
Oh, did 12 mins of Kumites but I think I am doing too many of them, I think we are supposed to only do the Orange Belt Kumites.
My first workout in 3 months. I did this class: 7th Kyu Orange – General Training Class 1, the first class for ppl training to get the Orange Belt. ‘Went well, but I eased in; I didn’t do all the reps of everything at first, I monitored my HR, I didn’t put out 100% effort every move, and I stopped about 5 times (?) to lower my heart rate every time my heart got hot.
Stretched a lot.
Kept my heart rate below 120 for sure, below 110 for sure, and once it got over 100 I felt my heart get hot. At that point I sat down and did stretches.
I’m not sure if what I had a month ago was a heart attack or not so I’m just going to take things easy.
4 months since I’ve worked out. Jeez. Oh, & pretty much worked out doing anything, not just GMAU items.
1. R ankle is tight. I think it’s fine it just needs stretching. Dunno how I injured that.
2. Hernias are better but still there. R abd one seems to be the main culprit at the moment. Inguinal are ok, but the R abd one I’ll have to watch. ‘Have to hold my side when I cough or laugh. I’m hoping as I drop wt and build abs it’ll improve.
3. Back is fine. Well, not fine, just back to being what it normally is-full of knots and pops and cracks when I wiggle the right way. Just have to watch it pulling the heavy patient up in bed.
4. 3 colds in 3 months-2 bacterias and one flu. I still have a bit of a cough but no fever.
5. R eye is no longer puffy. Dunno how I injured that.
6. Head. Self surgery a success again. That’s lump #3 gone. ‘Took care of 2 lumps 2 years ago, now 3 more have popped up. All those years working in hospitals and surgery centers have paid off. For <$20, I got an Xacto knife from Home Depot, rubbing alcohol and 4x4s from the drug store, and in 40 mins, whatever the hell barnacle was growing on my head is now gone. 3 weeks to completely heal/there to be no squishy spot on my head. Now there’s just a slight dent. Whatever.
I think that’s it.
Ran thru these in the Class 5 Beginner Class under YB.
My 1st karate workout in 3 months. My R ankle is a little hot after 1/2 hr. I did a yellow belt class.
Lower back: Bettter but got worse. Heavy patients in hospital beds, grr.
Hernias: Spiked yesterday. Ow.
Colds: Almost gone! Haven’t taken cold medicine in at LEAST a wk, maybe 2!
Sick. Running 2 colds simultaneously plus pneumonia. Resting, not training.
Greatly strained lower back and got L femoral hernia from pulling a heavy pt up in bed. Back makes it so standing up and moving is hard.
R ankle is MUCH better. Still hot though.
I’ll be fine at the end of Jan. 2019.
I currently STILL have a damaged R ankle area. Dunno how it happened. 4 months ago?
Sick. 1 month. Psych pt coughing
This wk-lower back from turning a pt.
Now not only am I injured but I am sick too. Grrr.
For the last 2 months my R achilles tendon has been bothering me. Now, I’m sick. wth?! So much for getting an Orange belt by Xmas 2018. Harumphf!
Somehow I hurt my R ankle training 2 wks ago. It IS better but 5 mins of karate showed me it isn’t ready though I am.
I WAS able to play racquetball w/it 2 days ago though. But during karate today the stance work made it hurt. Interesting.
8th Kyu Yellow Belt
Ippon Kumite ichi. #1 1 of 2. 6:26, 8:13.
Ippon Kumite ni. #2 2 of 2. 9:38, 11:50.
Sanbon Kumite ichi. #1 1 of 1. 14:15, 17:50.
7th Kyu Orange Belt –
Ippon Kumite ichi. #1 1 of 2. 20:52, 21:40. –
Ippon Kumite ni. #2 2 of 2. 23:22, 24:37. –
Sanbon Kumite ichi. #1 1 of 2. 26:20, 28:40. –
Sanbon Kumite ni. #2 2 of 2. 31:00, 33:02.
EXCELLENT class for practicing all 4 katas.
Note to self/to do: Write down notes for all katas thus-far.
Did the static kihon drill run thru in the middle of whatever class that is, eased up.on push ups cuz they hurt my wrists (always have), did the first 35 mins of bo, now running thru the test skill by skill.
GREAT class at my skillset level. I must take this class again, it really breaks down the kata.
Great class. Nice and slow.
Did the last part w/the katas. This level kata is not easy to follow in this video due to the diagonal angle. 😦
Also went back and did white belt level stuff that is new.
Had an hour long workout today. Not bad, not bad. In fact, MUCH better when I switched to shorts that go to mid-quadricep and turned the big fan towards me. Lots of lag. Did the orange belt test follow along until the guy moved the camera, then the switched to the partner practice.
This class is good because it is not too bad of a workout (good if one is tired), breaks down the moves, gives 40 minutes worth of credit (!), and there is Kata practice at the end of all the Katas! However, it is not good for following the new kata.
Long day studying Excel. ‘Thought I’d get in some exercise tonight since I was sitting all day long, even if I’d work out at 20% effort. Well, I’m 20 minutes into working out and I’m at 50% effort. Not bad. Plus, my lungs hurt.
Running thru the Orange belt test Jonas made,even tho’ he screws it up at the end. We need to remake this.
Good workout. Even better when wearing shorter shorts.
Practiced the stances. Stopped at strikes at 14:30
I am halfway thru the minimum time required to take the Orange belt exam, so, I followed along with the video Jonas’ made for his test.
I need to make one of my own and upload it.
Effort percentage: Watching to 90% Average: 40%
I’ll do this over & over, it’s a great way to realize what you don’t know. Maybe I should go back and make one for Yellow belts.
Great class-low sound but but great class for practicing katas. Plus, ‘footsteps only’ katas, so that’s really helpful.
Great class for building time-while learning the kumites. Easy workout but necessary.
Good breakdown. The kihon drill is very good.
Good lesson. Do the kihon drill a few more times.
Did this again. This is a great way to warm up. Learned a few things too-like in Shuto Uke-turn the torso to the side 90 degrees.
|Mawashi Uchi Uke||00:08:16|
Nice easy warm up. Excellent slow breakdown of the kata. This class is a must-do just for the kata.
GREAT lesson. It’s slow (I chose the slow one). Going slow helps a LOT.
The slow speed is the 2nd choice.
I seem to know this pretty well. There are 4 sub-videos.
This might be an error in naming. I’ll e-mail the Sensei.
Also, the yoko has some parenthesis before it here:
The first 15 mins are warm ups then basic WB/YB stances.
This is a set of multiple videos (3). Pretty good. I’d definitely do them again.
The warm up is brief & then straight into the yellow belt katas (with push ups and sit ups in between), then orange belt katas (w/push ups).
Good class if u know your katas and want to focus on doing all the katas.
The first 26 mins I didn’t learn anything. That being said, I can use the first part to build endurance.
Eventually it gets into static and dynamic Kihon drills, but not until 26:00 was I able to really refine or learn anything-cuz at 26:00 the new blocks appear. This block is slow, then fast. I need an intermediate speed in there & for more than 10 reps. I say slow for 10x, medium 5x, slow 10x, medium 5x, etc.
Good demo of hand placement by the side of the body.
Warm up until: 08:50
Mae Geri Keage begin @ 08:50
Yoko Geri Kekomi begins @ 09:47.
–Dynamic Kihon Drills– 13:02
Ni Zuki with Mae Geri Keage.
Age Uke with Mae Geri Keage and Gyaku Zuki. 18:47.
Uchi Uke with Mae Geri Keage. 23:57
We learn how to put moves together.
Cool down at 27:00
Good class. Freq. interruptions at the gym showing ppl GMAU.
This link goes to the list of all the ppl who entered the 2017 90 Challenge:
April Fools prank videos?
As you go thru a video all those things behind you on the walls fall off the walls one by one.
You do a complete video with those items in the background upsidedown.
You change the belt ranking. “We at GMAU have decided that the more you know the more you don’t know, so from now on everyone STARTS at the Black Belt level and moves up to the White Belt level.”
Invent knew silly moves. ie: Hops, the Chicken strike, Snake hand attack, an all thumbs attack video, a new yell, etc.
Make a new kata. Include odd moves-dive roll, Charlie Chaplin feet, 720 degree spin, ballet moves, Jazz hands, etc.
Partner sparring a la the modern dance group ‘Pilobolus’ (men who are wrestlers climbing on one another, very neat).
A video on conflict deescalation that includes googly eyes, bad breath chewing gum, foaming at the mouth “Because no one dares get into a fight with someone with an obvious case of rabies!”, etc.
A new type of weapon. Xmas paper wrapping tube, mini-chucks (two chop sticks tied together), spork, pool noodle, coffee in the face.
Trendier gi’s: Shorter legs (shorts?!), skinny gi’s, tie-dye, carpet, shimmering.
GMAU Competitor. ‘Karate Karl’s Discount online Martial Arts Training’.
Another hidden video. Grrr. A little fast but good.
Great breakdown. I’m going to have to watch this a few more times. I didn’t realize the chest thrusts forward.
June 13, 2018. This is a very good class that should be taken multiple times. Very good instruction and drills regarding kicking.
‘Yellow intro’ teaches u about types of bo, dimensions, etc.
‘Yellow techniques’: :00 to 4:25 is how to hold the bo and how to switch hands.
Geri ” Kicking” Training – Class 7
This class u need to do near boxing/punching bags. Very good breakdown and refinement of the kicks.
The LA Fitness in Paramount (?), CA haaas…boxing bags! There’s a first, me kicking & punching bags. Oh, and I picked up 2 sets of boxing gloves! Yep, from the thrift store! The bigger pair hurts me less.
This class needs to be remade. The Sensei’s mic is not working properly. : (
The sub-Katas need to be separated.
This is a good video. Good for learning the turning.
This isn’t too bad of a video. It’d help if it was a little slower, had the stepping out drill first, then the rest. Maybe that’s in other videos/breakdowns.
This video is too fast. Not enough breakdown, not enough drills. Unclear about which way to turn and advancing and retreating info.
This video is a little fast too. It needs to be slowed down and broken down.
This video goes too fast. There is not enough breakdown.
Watching the Bo video (which one?). Great instruction. It’s been 5 months since I’ve watched it so I’ve forgotten everything. I’m back down to learning the grip and changing grip/switching hands.
I have done the following:
Age Uke (Rising Block) Kihon Drill. The turn was confusing-the blocking, the direction of turn, and the arm movement.
Gedan Barai (Downward Block) – Kihon Drill. This cleared up the turning direction. I assume the turning direction/movement is the same as it was in the Age Uke. I’ll have to reexamine this when I have an educated eye.
Looked at the test list.
Sent an e-mail to Sensei Michael re: Changing the order the Age Uke and Gedan Barai drills are listed/presented on the page.
Neko Ashi Dachi (Cat Stance)
Lots more review at this level than I’d thought.
Followed along with this:
Sanbon Kumite (Three Step Sparring)
The double hand block to strike will require further study.
Darn wifi here at the gym. Kept cutting out on me. 😦
It was easier for me to wrap my head around the:
1) Direction of turn.
2) Which arm does the downward block.
By doing the Gedan Barai first.
I think? Hm.
I watched this video at Starbucks.
Been a lot going on. The pediatric patient died, I had to deal with that. I took 2 weeks off to deal with that emotionally and to get over that awful cold that swept the country. ‘Got a new job and it’s stabilized-somewhat, so I can entertain training and working out again.
GMAU added ‘assignments’ and ‘stripes’. Good.
I need to clean up the website. Change the blog page name and clean up the tags & categories.
I am concerned about the Orange Belt test kata. I think the only video we have to go by is the student video, the guy in his living room, the European guy. It’s great quality but he restarts after he makes a few errors. I’ll look into that.
I’m going over stances. Cat & Crane so far. Easy enough.
Did 30 mins of this class: 7th Kyu Orange – General Training Class 1
Guy in the bike room is biking and singing. And not very well.
First class at the Orange belt level. Seems to be variations on a theme.
Not sure but I think there are less classes.
Things have been rocky. Got moved up to full time at my pediatric home health job on a Tuesday and by Friday the patient had died. Been scrambling ever since.
I passed the Yellow Belt exam & got a certificate! O.O Here it is!
This is a photo of the envelope in which my yellow belt cert was mailed. There was a mix up with the postage. The item was still delivered but I had to pay the remaining postage amount at the counter at the post office before the envelope was released to me.
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Holy smokes, I passed the Yellow Belt exam! O.O That’s amazing. Also what’s amazing is that I actually KNOW things in Karate! I know, that may sound silly, even moreso to ppl who are advanced IN Karate, but it’s true. To get even more philosophical, reaching a level of competency in a movement Art, an agreed upon level of competency.
The good Lord has graced us with so many faculties-sight, hearing, sensing, communication, movement, fingers, recognition of tone… Is it not our duty TO explore those faculties? Is to not to sin, so slap the Lord in the face and say “Hey bub, you know what, I don’t give a crap what you gave me that is awesome-I’M not going to utilize it!”.
I say yes.
Well, Adam Bein the Yellowbelt says “Yes”. lol
My evaluation of my performance from my test run-thru.
Pre test planning.
Coming up with the plan for the test I am about to do.
Practice test run thrus for Yellow belt today. I’m DONE wearing a 10oz gi. This is ridiculous. I’m getting an 8 oz.
The air conditioning was on-THAT was GREAT.
I used my racquetball shoes-THAT was GREAT. But I DO need to make them a little more loose; loose like when I play racquetball.
My cocked arm’s forearm is not horizontal.
I need to tie my gi pants so they don’t loosen. Maybe do a quick run thru/exercises with them before the test to make sure they stay tight.
My camera has a buzzing sound. 😦
Sparkley-be tough AND fashionable
An entire sparkly gi
Self defense for mascots: Moose, etc.
2 guys in a cow costume self defense. Shotokan Cowrate
Bad locations to practice video:
Nuclear power plant. There’s a sign, a leak, a man in a haz mat outfit.
Broken glass at a recycling center
Combined sports. Shotokan karate with:
Official GMAU Merchandise:
Pongfa: Ping pong paddle as a weapon.
GMAU fingernail polish
Sunglasses with holes
Those lont Mexican cowboy boots
Bad bumper stickers
I did a quick 20 min practice. That’s what nice about having a laminated karate card with you, u can practice as needed.
Today I bought a gi. Found a guy on Craigslist selling a size 5 white Shotokan Karate gi with the pants, unopened. I also picked up from him:
4 escrima sticks
Belts: Yellow and orange.
2 books: Nunchuku and sai.
A martial arts bag for carrying the items.
I bought them from a guy named ‘Luke’. Energetic and nice, Luke was very willing w/o asking to show me things, teach me things, and impart knowledge. This guy’s got a great attitude. He works way down in Mission Viejo in the same bldg as the Saddleback Church Corp. HQ’s on El Toro. If I ever need to practice or get advice I’m sure he’d step up to the plate.
I went to Bushido, a martial arts supply company. Santa Ana, CA. I bought:
A foam bo. 5′ long. I went with the short foam staff because the purpose of the short one is to have a long light staff. Plus I can resell it to a young person later on.
Solid bo case. Keep the bo looking good for resale-and to carry so no one will get upset.
Sai case. Keep the rubber sai looking good for resale and to carry so no one will get upset.
Shoes with clear soles (so I don’t mark up the racquetball court’s floor).
The Bushido shop isn’t a store or a showroom. There’s a few uniforms hanging in there but beyond that, zilch. The guys there were very helpful and zero attitude-other than rolling out the red carpet and being spot-on with items as I requested them. I can’t say enough good things about Bushido Martial Arts Supply.
Ran thru this test at 80% effort. This went well. I think I’m good enough to pass the belt test.
I reviewed this video. No issues to report.
Got this. No problemo.
It was good to go back and view this. I like the concept of blocking-it is not stopping, it is redirecting.
I rewatched this video. I had issues regarding foot placement & relationship to one another & fist and elbow placement/movement.
1x run thru at 75% effort to 50% effort. I am dotting my i’s and crossing my t’s.
I answered another student’s question.
Good thing I decided to watch this video again. I was missing out on opening up my torso to the side.
Rewatching the Heian shodan run-thru. Crazy to think that 6 months ago I didn’t know ANY of this!
Watching this video again. Checking the placement of the hand against the side of the body-I had it up too high. Checking the foot placement too.
I just did a yellow belt test run thru on the racquetball court at LA Fitness. 75% effort. It went very well. I need to take another look at the ends of the movement pattern to see if the only angled movement occurs at the every end (of Heian Shodan) and examine what follows the Tettsui Uchi. I think I’ll film this on the racquetball court.
Practice test run thru. 25% effort. At work.
Quick belt test run thru at the gym at 25% effort.
I ran thru the yellow belt test. 25% effort. It went well.
I finally bought a gi. The website the Sensei told me about wanted $50 for shipping! I bought it on another site.
Get smacked with this a few times and you’ll know it. O.O
I think this video needs to be taken from up high with the Sensei’s back to the camera. Secondly, this happens fast.
Bad for my left knee. 😦
For fun and to warm up, I went over to the yellow belt to orange belt lessons and I’m starting to do those. Heck, it takes a few times-more than a few times watching the videos to get ’em down solid, why not start now, I DO have to warm up.
This is a good video to follow along when preparing for the yellow belt test.
Static Kihon Drill
Static practice of: choku-zuki (straight punch), age-uke (rising block), gedan barai (down block), shuto-uke (knife hand block in renoji-dachi “L stance”), and tettsui-uchi (hammer fist strike) in renoji-dachi (L stance).
I’m at 24 Hr Fitness reviewing and following along videos. GMAU has a new ‘completed’ feature. Good time to go back & review. I have a much more critical eye now that I’ve got 40 hrs of practice done.
Ran thru the yellow belt test at 24 Hr fitness sport on Wed.
Watched Taikyoku shodan. Normal speed. Twice.
Watched this at work.
Traditional Kata – Heian Shodan (Peaceful Mind Level 1)
Worked on Tettui uchi-MUCH better!
Ran thru the whole test at 50%. Muuuch better. Even the Heian shodan was very good.
Rewatched this lesson. I wonder if in some videos there is more twisting of the pelvic area and shoulders in this maneuver.
It’s coming together but I still am not 100%.
I’m not predicting the next group of moves that we demonstrate.
Heian shodan-need to work on Renoji dachi.
I need to go slower than this video.
I need to be able to do the whole thing myself (w/o watching the video).
I reviewed & followed along in the following video:
About Tachi kata (stances)
Kokutsu dachi (back stance)
Kiba dachi (Horse riding stance)
Fudo dachi (Immovable stance)
Rewatched this. 47 seconds long. I was right on time keeping up.
I re-took this class to see the warmup. This is a great class! Fortunately Renoji dachi was covered-I needed a review of that. My left knee gives me problems in Renoji dachi when my R foot is forward and the L foot is back-ow. I have to adapt my movements. I hope this doesn’t effect my belt test. O.O
I updated my basic warms up page. I did so by watching and doing Class 2 -Beginner Class. I need to have a Basic Warms Ups page because it’s portable and quick and I need to warm up, especially my L knee, before ‘Lessons’ because the lessons are focused.
Rewatching this. Clarifying the back foot position, the motion of the arm, the level at which the hand is in relationship to the head, and the location of the non-striking hand.
This is getting easier each time duration-wise.
Forgetting the last kumite. O.O
Tettsui uchi correctly on the 2nd Kata (Heian?).
Predicting the events.
Using the correct names of each facet.
Use this class for warming up prior to reviewing lessons, doing the katas, or reviewing for the belt test.
Good heavens I’m tired. 100 plus degree temps, an extra graveyard shift/wk, and work on the car. What I need to do is a test run thru at 50% effort to help memorize the test items.
I went back and did this lesson. I wanted to clarify that I’ve got the correct kick assigned to the correct Japanese vocabulary word. I hope they don’t grade on height or speed, I’d like to have an execution that is correct/correct mechanics. It’s nice to go back with an educated eye & re-do the material/classes. I think everyone should do this once they have most of their belt’s level completed and are ready to test.
First time doing this. This scoots along pretty quick, isn’t what I need to do first thing cuz of my left knee, and you are up and down changing positions more than a Catholic during mass.
Here’s some lousy pictures from the terrible camera on my laptop. I will obviously not use this camera for when I test:
0221 to 0224. Good video.
Oct 18, 2017. Normal speed. 02:07-02:08-02:09-02:10-02:11.
Sanbon Kumite. Good video. Watched and analyzed and practiced.
01:58 am-02:00 am
Practiced offline at work. 3 mins long.
Followed along the Gyaku zuki video. 14 minutes long.
There is a twisting of the hips.
Follow along with the Choku zuki video.
23:50 to 23:52
If you think I’m doing ANY kind of workout, Shotokan or not, you’re out of your mind. I may analyze videos. I need to anyway. Hey-maybe I’ll stretch. I wonder if there’s some YouTube videos on stretching for martial artists I can download with RealPlayer.
Full run thru of this video.
1. Katas at 50%
2. Check correct stance in tettsui uchi.
3. Make sure to do all the katas from ea angle.
4. Make sure to do all of the kumites.
This is a great class for following along with blocking practice. Pick one of the senseis and mimic him as he blocks.
This is listed as Class 14 and as Class 15.
13:45-14:05. Practice test run thru. LA Fitness. Racquetball ct 3. Stand closer to the motion detector from now on.
I need to make an errors page to help out the Senseis.
I got an extra day/week at a home health job. That’ll pay for the gi & shoes & the donation to GMAU I keep meaning to make.
The laminated test printout is terrific. I’ll definitely do that from now on.
I still need to watch the partner videos slower and analyze them.
I got a huge roll of paper from a photographer. He’d used them for backdrops and had gobs of the things. I’ll put the test order on it in big marker.
Place to test:
In the racquetball court at the gym: Excellent lighting, huge open space, walls to hang up (tape up the order of the test/requirements), nice looking wood floor with floor boards, distraction-free background, good acoustics, at the gym, room for a tripod, solitary.
Oct 15, 2017. I did a practice test run thru at 24 Hr. Fitness. The presentation of the skills needs to be solid; Definitive demonstration of the skill, definitive entry into each demonstration, clear cut elements between ea. presentation, etc.
Need to look into getting a Gi for the exam.
Need to start practicing barefoot or find specific shoes for Karate.
Need to do dry run thru’s with video equipment.
Rewatched the stances video.
In a hospital watching a patient sleep. Rewatched Tettsui uchi so I could see the arm swing and stance.
10/12/17 This class has a lot of boxing and kickboxing in it. It is neat to learn and I’m glad to have it. However, I do not recommend rewatching this video if one is looking for karate class per-se. Great class, not condusive to studying for the belt upgrade though. Very insightful. I will watch it again when I am not in ‘karate learning’ mode as I am now.
I was practicing in the middle of the night & woke up a family member of the patient I was taking care of. Oops.
There’s a fly that scoots across the screen at 23:00.
Oct. 5, 2017. Good class-once you’re in shape and know the moves. First real combinations. That is exciting.
I printed out a copy of the exam criteria and had the print laminated-wow, what a great idea! I’ll do this from now on! I keep it in my car and carry it with me to work, to the gym, etc. I’ve practiced for the exam at work, at the gym on the aerobics floor and in the racquetball courts, and even at night outside in a parking lot. SUPER handy.
I have found that breaking down the exam into thirds seems to be very helpful.
I made a refined printout if the test, had it laminated, and practiced off that. GREAT idea!
12:42. Sept. 21, 2017
Ran thru this test video again. Better this time. I still need to learn Heian Shodan.
This is THE Kata instruction class.
This time around I learned to step backwards more. I think I was not stepping backwards but instead, sideways.
9/20/17 12:18. I just watched and followed along (with most) the Lesson: Sample Belt Test. 8th Kyu Level. Filming and Practice Guide.
I need to do this more often.
9/20/17. 11:33 am. This is great kicking practice.