Phil taught class. There were eleven of us present: Phil, Stuart, Carolyne, Greg, Elvis, Matt, Cindy, Tom, Yonit, Justin and me. We worked on Heian Shodan and Tekki Shodan for most of the class.
There was a lot of detailed technical information about alignment and timing. The theme was not being late: making timely impact while the legs are providing the power stroke. We finished with ippon kumite using kiba dachi tsuki as the attack and defense.
Phil showed the first two moves of Heian Shodan and how they can be used in a realistic attack. I have thought about those two moves quite a lot. The step into two front stances seem inconsistent with the distance portrayed by an attacker making a middle level punch. It is my belief the shift into two front stances was an attempt to distill the virtue of going in. The technique is more effective with a quick shifting step as Gennosuke Higaki describes in his book, “Hidden Karate The True Bunkai for the Heian Katas and Naihanchi.” The shift combined with Phil’s approach would indeed be deadly.