HipShiftForBlockCounter – pdf diagram.
Last night’s practice was motivated by a senior’s correction of the Portland Dojo members. It took place at the Pacific Northwest Special Training Held January 22-24 at Camp Casey on Whidbey Island, Washington. The correction was after ten-no-kata practice and dealt with the hips shifting from back stance into front stance.
During the practice we worked on two combinations: down block with middle level reverse punch and upper level sweeping bloc- sword hand (Shuto-Barai) with middle level reverse punch.
We practiced in a circle at first beginning with just the footwork. See the three diagrams at the bottom of the post for more clarification.
Stepping back into back stance then moving the hips forward into front stance. Key points:
- Keeping the feeling going in
- Keeping the hip in
- Rear foot facing forward through both stances
- Thigh bone over ankle
- Getting only off the line but not too far
- Place the front foot and knee inside opponents front foot and knee
Next we added the counter punch.
- Counter punch being on time and landing either at the same time or slightly before the forward foot settles
Moved from the circle into block punch combinations up and down the matt.
- In hindsight I should have done the matt repetitions going backward to mimic the behavior of basic one step sparring.
Worked the techniques in slow motion in the format of basic one step sparring with an opponent. We practiced both stomach and face level attacks.
- Mind is always going in not running away or jumping to the side
- Discussed inside and outside defense but only worked on the inside
- Getting off the line while being close enough for the counter
For the next practice it would be beneficial to go over it again and then do the one step sparring faster and graduating to full speed.
Step #1: Defender assumes ready position
Step #2: Defender steps into back stance while executing block
- Hip/feeling goes in while body drops into stance
- Stay close enough to effectively counter
- Get off the line & place foot inside opponent’s knee
- Rear thigh bone over ankle
Step #3: Defender slides into front stance while delivering a counter punch
- Hip goes in while delivering the punch
- Punch and step land together
- Shoulders become “square” to the opponent
Pulling hand should grab opponent’s wrist and off balance opponent