Category Archives: Stances

June 16, 2017. Beginner Class 2.

I did this class:   Class 2 – Beginner Class.  It is a good full body workout  Plenty of warm up that’s not too tough with breaks in the activity, then the instruction and that has breaks in the activity.  Then practice stances.

I’ve not done Karate for 2 weeks-my lungs have just hurt too much and then the accompanying sleep needs.  Working graveyards doesn’t help.  What I need to do is not go out at night to places-cuz that’s how I picked up these 2 colds.  : (


5/13/17 LA Fitness Sat 5 pm Downward blocks

While waiting for my racquetball partner I practiced Karate.  I did downward blocks (Gedan Barai) with Zenkutsu dachi (front stance) all the way across the racquetball court forwards and backwards, correcting as needed.  This is really the first time I’ve been able to do 20 or so steps at a time/in bulk and hammer out and fine tune & correct.  I need to keep this up, this is a great way to do this.  

Sat. May 6th, 2017

I am up super-early to go to a continuing education unit class for 6 hrs.  ‘Stopped by Starbucks across from Disneyland.  

Boy, is this a damn good decision I made to sign up.  It really gives me something to think about and to look forward to-and to be excited about.  I even feel better physically-the light workouts do wonders.  Amazing.

So far I’ve learned:
Stances (7 or 8 or maybe even 10)
Moving forwards and backwards in one stance.
How to navigate the GMAU website.

I’ve made all sorts of super neat screenshots to follow-and analyze (that may be the most important).

Now I’m on to blocking.  I’ve started out with a ‘Downward Block’.

I watched this video:   Kihon Kata – Taikyoku Shodan  It looks like it is a series of movements with a change in directions of moving, attacking, and blocking.  From a bird’s eye view the pattern is an ‘H’.  I wonder if this is a long held traditional element.  I’m going to have to look into that.



Video lesson notes: Zenkutsu Dachi (Front Stance)

I am watching this video for the 3rd time.  These are my notes.

This is a very very good video.  When people make videos like this it just makes me angry that other people cannot or will not deliver quality education.  Obviously it’s possible. This Sensei really has his act together-I’m honestly excited and I feel as if there are no unnecessary barriers in my way of learning.  I am genuinely excited now.  If I get a yellow belt I’ll be simply stunned-and happy and actually a bit proud of myself.  I see the time frame-this is actually doable.  I need to figure out how many hours a day to practice & study. 

WB Stance 5 Zenkutsu dachi Front Stance

IN this stance, the front foot faces forward and the back is at at 1 or 2 o’clock (or 10 or 11 depending on which foot’s back).
The front knee is bent for sure.

I like how the Sensei uses tape on the floor.  That helps a lot-especially when he moves and makes the diagonal presentation.

The Sensei really breaks down the movements well!  This is great!

Lines:  18″-24″ apart.

Start by bowing in the heels together position, then move to the ready position (Shizentai) (feet shoulder width apart).

First he turned the foot that will be the back foot.  He turned it to 45′.  The foot has to be at 45′ so the hips can turn during punching.  A common error is to have the back foot at 90′.  That doesn’t let you be able to turn your hips & shoulders enough if at all.
Then he stepped ahead with his other foot.
The back leg is slightly bent also.
The front knee has a little bit of pressure pushing it out laterally to the side (outside).  Same with the back knee but more straight ahead of the knee.  Rationale:  This prevents the knees from collapsing inside (medially).

Front Stance Test

I like how along the way we stop at Moto-Dachi.  This builds a relational database-shows how the stances relate to one another.

At the end of the 4 step moving drill, breathe/inhale at attention/ready and elevate the heels for a moment.  Exhale fully/exaggerate & relax/loosen up.

There is a 3 step drill.
There is a 2 step drill.  14:45.  Knees bent when the feet are together.
There is a 1 step drill.

To end:  Leave the back foot back and bring the front back to sh. width apart  Then….

There is a 2 step follow-along.

There is a 1 step follow-along.
Keep the knees bent all the way thru.


Portable media

Starbucks, FV.  Costco Center.  Sunday morning, 11:05 am. 

I practiced stances at 24 Hour Fitness in Huntington Beach (the new gym).  The images on my laptop and Stream AND iPod can also be played in a slideshow format, so I’m thinking I can follow along as they scroll.  Maybe I’ll get good enough to keep up.  Maybe I’ll be able to make the slide show random and maybe even make a slide show so that the name of the stance pops up, I get into the stance, and THEN the image of the stance pops up-so I can test myself on whether or not I know the stance. That’s a good idea.  


Wikipedia states that there are categories of techniques:

1.  Stances.
These are called ‘Tachi-waza’.
There are 15.
Basic/Ready position
Cat, hourglass, crane/crane-like

There are stances that are considered ‘preparatory positions’.  There are 5 of those.

2.  Blocking techniques.
These are called ‘Uke-waza’.
There are 27 types.
Roughly speaking, it appears the variations can be broken down into:
‘knife’ (and half-knife)

There are 5 blocks with the legs.

3.  Striking techniques

This is called ‘Uchi-waza’
With the hands there are 44:
Knife hand
To various targets (head, sternum, clavicle, spleen, neck, side, etc.).

4.  Kicking techniques

This is called ‘Keri-waza’ (good, because ‘kicking’ and ‘Keri’ both start with a ‘K’.
There are 26 types:
Front, back, side.
By movement (circular, sweep, jump, snap, thrust, flying etc.)
Thrust, snap.

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