Traveled 100 miles to workout last night.
Am I nuts? Well, it's only once a week. Some more good stuff.
We did lots of Sanchin. We only did the original Kata -
Sanchin, Seisan, and Sanserui. But you knew that. Like I
said we did a lot of Sanchin, maybe nine or ten. I lost
The class theme was about a single technique from each of
the original Kata and expanding on it, taking it, to the
next level as Leyn stated.
The first technique was taken from Sanchin Kata. It was
the Sanchin arm thrust. But it wasn't just the thrust; it
was the complete technique, especially the implied block
during the pull back. We also know this, but Leyn expanded
on it and taught it as an exercise. First we performed the
Sanchin thrust (closed fist: straight punch, upper cut,
back fist, hook punch, etc.) on a heavy bag; making sure
to pull back with the half arc (not past Sanchin) and then
immediately applying the strike.
The exercise moved from the heavy bag to
two man drills, with one punching and the other applying
the Sanchin (closed fist) thrust, including the block during
the pull back. The lesson within the lesson was not to get
enamored with the block. Leyn stressed not to hold the block.
By not holding the block you're able to deliver the strike
immediately. It reminded me of new Godan Rich's improved
Dan Kumite #1's front kick, that he surprised me with last
The second technique taken from Seisan (could have been
taken from any of the eight Kata) was the circle block.
Leyn expanded on the technique by applying the rake across
the eyes during block. (I know, we knew that.) But taking
it to the next level, we worked in two man drills again
with one punching and the other applying the circle block/rake
across the eyes technique. This is where it gets expanded;
instead of using the circle block arm to block the punch
and then apply the rake, a check block is performed with
the other hand at the same time as the circle block/eye
rake. And moving in (stepping) as the techniques are applied
takes it to the next level.
To prevent injury we performed the eye rake
as tap to the forehead.
Taking the technique even further, there is a take down.
But not just your standard step through and sweep take down.
It was a Sanchin step/hip thrust take down. Very eye opening
for me. Although I didn't do it every time I tried it, it
worked a couple of times. This stuff never ceases to amaze
me. Just a simple hip check, coinciding with the check block/eye
rake, with the power coming from the Sanchin step. This
included two of the legendary three strikes that you would
use to immobilize your opponent. But the two are enough
to get him down on the ground. The hip check is applied
via the Sanchin step in a direction from your opponents
front hip through his back hip. It was amazing how that
simple step can throw you for a loop.
The third expanded technique was taken from Sanserui. It
was the double Hirakens, the ones before the Seichin double
block/Crane stance. This was all about feeling your opponent's
energy, playing chicken, and then exploding with the pulled
down Hirakens (which makes your opponent hop) and then finishing
with the double Hiraken up thrust. The lesson was the most
abstract of all the, because you need to feel your opponent's
energy and commit to being inside before you apply the technique.
It not only included the physical, but also the mental part.
A philosophy of knowing that there has to be an ending to
something that you started or someone else started. This
philosophy says that if you're the attacker, Dan Kumite
#1 for example, then you'll have the last punch. Likewise
if you're the defender, again using Dan Kumite #1 as an
example, then you'll have the last strike (block). You need
to develop this "If there's a beginning, doesn't matter
who initiates it, you have to have an ending prepared,"