Sparring, sticky hands and valley drop

It was another awesome training session today, I especially enjoyed the warmup as it emphasised alot of drills we don’t normally practice that are of higher grade skill.

We started of with 6 rounds of sparring, meant to be 50% contact to work on speed, technique, and entry. I went a little heavy with the orange belts because they will have their green belt soon and they need to get mentally ready.

Then we did running, pressups and a few situps, ran a few times. Then we practiced Kakie and did pressups inbetween them. This felt great as we got to drill in using our sensitivity drill, working our sanchin mechanics and it the muscles had a nice burn. Clap pressups were done after this, only 10 which is sensible, challenging enough without risking injury.

Then  we did the same with hakutsuru te (white crane hands), much like wing chun hands, learning to redirect a strike, distract your opponent and strike, keeping fluidity in your arms always having your attack and defence ready.

Next we practiced some roundhouses, being relaxed with them, as that is when the roundhouse kicks are at their most dangerous.

Then we did a fun drill, slapping each others hands (guard high) to get our hands fast, loose, high guard and ti train our reflexes. This developed into one person having a high guard, chin down, whilst their partner attack their guard, trying to keep their eyes open. This progressed to attacking the guard, then slapping the side of the head, when your in guard and you think a strike is coming you turn your guard to block it. This helped us to focus on protecting the head and reading our opponent when they were going to strike, while being pressured.

Our next section focused on tani otoshi (valley drop throw), Sensei was kind enough to make me demonstrate the throw in front of others. (I will get use to this, I will says I tapping my wizard of Oz slippers) We discovered that we all have our own particular way of getting into the throw, mine is pull them towards me, before I throw as they’re body has dropped enough for me to apply the throw, Sensei likes to take the arm over his head,his leg can drive in to theirs making the throw easier.

We observed as a group that if you don’t keep control of the arm, start shiga dachi too soon or not close enough, or don’t use shiga dachi at all then the technique won’t work.

We worked on some counters, one being dropping your weight down before they have a chance to throw you, or anticipating what they are going to do and move your leg behind theirs first.

Andy was really connecting with seiunchin throws, and showed us several variations.

Overall an awesome session.

Keep training, Never Give Up. OSU

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