Phil taught class. There were six of us present: Phil, Stuart, Carolyne, Kline, Matt and me. We worked on kata for the whole class including: Tekki Shodan, Bassai, Jion, Enpi and Gankaku.
Phil covered a lot of stuff. My head was full by the end of class. I forgot my belt and borrowed a white belt from Kline. It reminded me of beginner’s mind. The overall theme was to be over your center of balance during all of the moves so you weight and power is available to you. Phil showed holding both hands together, palm down in front of your center line. He pushed up on each of our hands to see if we were centered and balanced. He said we should have that feeling through out the entire kata no matter which kata.
Tekki Shodan. The first move and all step across moves in the kata done quickly like gates of heaven. The feeling is dropping your weight and going in. Corrected me on the hand movements and how far the signature rising upward block goes back. Also on the alignment if shoulder and torso during the two fist to the side movement. We worked on that movement which is very similar to the last two movements in Jion in pairs as a counter to a jodan punch. He told a pretty fun Lee Muhl story. I think Matt paid for that story. Talked a good deal about what looks like a hook punch and how its structure and alignment match up block. Worked on Gankaku and loading up on the sweeping hand movements. Also talked about the rising movements and the consolidation of the body and legs as you rise. Similar instruction about the reinforced up blocks in Jion. In Jion he covered the switching of the hip and body for the transition from the second opening kick, punch combination into the series of hand movements. For that kata in particular he talked about how your leg may be going back e.g. the opening movement but you stay forward or what Phil calls in the front seat. Staying in was a theme for the whole morning’s practice. In fact Phil pointed out that was one of the distinguishing aspects of Ohshima Shotokan.
Yonit and Mayaan (pretty sure I spelled that wrong) came at the end to snap the picture.