This workout, Leyn continued talking about
the relaxed natural movements of the body; and then focusing
on the strike or just before absorbing contact.
We again warmed up performing Sanchin. This
workout was about recovering, using Kata to recover after
spending yourself on the heavy bag. Leyn had us attack the
heavy bag with 300 plus punches and 70 to 80 kicks. After
which we performed Kata, starting with San Serui. After
two San Seruis we went bag to the heavy bag for 300 more
punches and 70 more kicks. We alternated two Kata with the
heavy bag work; working back from San Serui.
Then came the reiterated Tenshin lesson:
Tenshin on strike, relax afterwards; relaxed before absorbing
contact, Tenshin a split second before contact. Leyn said
the core doesn't have to be focused prior to defensive or
We discussed conditioning and my theory
of needing to learn how to hit live, moving targets. Which
was promptly shot down. It appears that when you're young,
you need a lot of conditioning because we hadn't learned
how to avoid being hit. But as we got older and learned
how to move and understand angles we needed less conditioning.
And on the subject of needing to learn how to hit someone,
you can learn it just as well on the Makawara, heavy bag,
While on the subject of dispensing my Karate
understanding, I need to apologize to Ed; as my Leaning
Elbow Strike technique has been look upon as just basic.
And Ed's is used by more advanced Karate practitioners.
It was another enlightening workout.