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3-23-09 Leyn Burrows Karate
3-23-09 Leyn Burrows Karate

1000 punches, 150 pushups,
Roll shoulders,
Universal stretch,
Stay low on three San Seiryu Horse Stance moves,
Back to Sanchin after any block or arm strike.

Do you guys know some of the things I've been so excited about? Sometimes I feel like you guys are laughing, because I think you think I should know some of these things already. I don't care, I'll share my ignorance.

I (we) did one thousand punches; and after every hundred, I (we) did fifteen push ups - five narrow, five wide and five arching my back. That's one hundred fifty push ups to start a karate class. Then we loosened up, by rolling our shoulders; both at the same time and then individually. Then we did this universal stretch, very Oriental, far east looking. But I did feel some muscles I didn't know were there. Did our secondaries; and then three Sanchin. Skipped to Seisan. Then started rotating through the Black Belt kata. Konchin, Seiryu, San Seiryu. Starting over with Seisan. I lost count.

Then Leyn talked about how the advanced Black Belts maintain their Sanchin before, during, and after techniques are performed. He showed how White Belts up to Yondans lose their Sanchin, mostly during the perfomance of a technique. He discussed a technique as having a beginning (Sanchin), a middle (Step, Block, Grab, and Strike), and an ending (Sanchin). He demo'd a White Belt's technique; showing the chambering of the striking arm as he was sliding (Step) and blocking (Block) and preparing to (Strike) Nukite. He showed the same move that a Black Belt would do in any of the Black Belt kata. He used the Konchin Shokens as an example. Showing the beginning Black Belt chambering his Shoken thrust as he was sliding forward. Then he showed how the advanced Black Belt would hold his Shoken arm in Sanchin and then chamber and strike as he came to a stop after the slide. He also used Seiryu's Nukites as examples.

Another example Leyn used was the Kanshiwa Bunkai's ending; the Slide/Left Block/Shoken. Because I brought it up, showing that my arms didn't always go back to Sanchin in some instances. Well why did I do that? Leyn says that you don't always have to slam someone to win a fight. You need to move to the correct position, using less energy by striking at vital points with no resistance. So instead of sliding foward and moving my arms out of the way with the Circle Block; he slid off to my left and used the Circle Block on my lead arm (Left) and placed a Shoken behind my ear. Death blow.

In another "what they're looking for" moment; Leyn demo'd the three Horse Stance techniques in San Seiryu. I know Fred has had trouble with the transition from the Left Circle Block/Horse Stance/Elbow/Rican/Shoken moving to the Left Circle Block/Horse Stance/Leaning Elbow/Straightening Up/Shoken Scoop/Throw. Leyn says not to forget the Horse Stance/Shoken Scoop/Throw that occurs after the three Shokens and before the Left Circle Block/Horse Stance/Elbow/Rican/Shoken . He says those three Horse Stance moves belong in the low Sanchin Stance group; as in Konchin's low Horse Stance/Shoken Scoop/Throw moving to the Left Block/Horse Stance/Elbow/Rican/Shoken. And should be transitioned without raising up.

I thought that was very interesting. I know I come up after the first Horse Stance, when I we transition to the front, then I go back down into the Left Block/Horse Stance/Elbow/Rican/Shoken. Staying down for all three forces you to pivot to the back (135 degrees) for the Left Block/Horse Stance/Leaning Elbow/Straightening Up/Shoken Scoop/Throw. I'll have to show you, I'm sure. But it gets you set up for the right timing. It is pretty impressive.

All the examples and demonstrations and discussions drive home that Uechi's basic fundamental techinques include the Step, Block, Grab, and Strike sequence. I'm still thinking about palying with the three Horse Stances of San Seiryu. I've never put them together as a series as I have with Kanchu's Circle Block/Step/Nukites or Seisan's Circle Block/Step/Nukites or Kanshiwa's Wah-Uke Block/Step/Double Bushkins etc., etc. Amazing, it's amazing.

Paul asked about the Universal Stretch:

Standing tall, heels together, arms reach out to each side raising them over the head touching palms and reaching up.

Slowly bring hands and arms down in front of the neck, about 6 inches away, in a praying position.

Walk feet out (heel toe) to a standing horse stance.

In that position, with fore fingers and thumbs touching, roll the palms away from you creating a triangle with the fore fingers and thumbs touching.

Push the palms straight away from your chest, and roll your hands under as you would perform the beginning of a finger strike.

Now your palms are facing up, bring them to your side, as you would if you were going to do double arm thrusts.

Now roll your hands up with palms facing front and fingers pointing straight up, and shoulders are down.

Now push out, count of ten.

Bring the hands back to the sides in a chambered position and push out left and right simultaneously, count of ten.

Bring feet in, standing with toes pointing in about a foot apart about the same angle as the forward foot in Sanchin.

Clasp fingers, reach arms straight out in front,palms facing forward, then raise them over head while reaching up, palms pointing up.

Tilt left, slightly, count ten.

Tilt right, slightly, count ten.

Tilt back, slightly, count ten.

Tilt forward, slightly count ten.

Bending over forward, touch floor between feet (right) count ten.

Reach outside of left foot, count ten.

Reach outside of right foot, count ten.

Back to center. Then stand upright.

There's other palm pushing stretches, down and straight up while in the horse stance. But I didn't subject you to those. As you can see, it lends itself more to visual demonstration.

The elaborate rolling of the hands make it look more middle to far eastern. But it does get you loose.

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