Just done my six month certification to prove, if just to myself that I’m still black-belt standard and I’m aching, and I’ve taken the skin off one of my toes.But I did get to try out my new sparring technique which is basically to get as close to my opponent as I can while flailing my fists. It sort of works. I also got punched in the face a lot. Fun times.
My karate club also has this “fun” thing with their black-belt gradings where early the next morning we all get to go on a lovely run with exercises and everything, for two hours. Generally it’s muddy, this time it was really muddy, and there’s always someone who turns up in their gi. I have no idea if that guy will ever his trousers clean again.
There are many sites which offfer vocabulary lists of Karate Japanese, but none of them quite have all the terms used by the club that I’m a member of. After a little begging I managed to get a comprehensive list and so now I’m putting it here where hopefully it will be helpful 🙂
Junzuki – front punch.
Geyakazuki – reverse punch.
Junzuki notsa kami – leaning punch to the head.
Geyakazuki notae kami – leaning punch to the groin.
…I decided I’d start doing Karate again…over a year ago now. And it’s been absolutely brilliant 🙂 the fourteen year gap, it’s like it never happened. In fact I slotted back into it all so well I was graded (re-graded) my 1st Dan Black-Belt last November.
Absolutely and utterly brilliant!
My most favourite bit of karate ever is Kata. I love kata so mcuh. They’re such a challange, something that you never stop tweaking and improving and perfecting, no matter how well you know them…
So I’m just going to leave these here, the first five of the Wado Ryu kata in the order I was taught them…
Pinan Yondan (though it sounds like yodan when we say it :-D)