Shotokan Karate Follow Along Class 6 Strikes From Shizentai Part 1

shotokan karate follow along classHere is a Shotokan karate follow along class working on six strikes from shizentai.
1. Ura Zuki (upper cut)
2. Mae Empi Uchi (forward elbow strike)
3. Tate Zuki (vertical punch)
4. Mawashi Empi Uchi (round elbow strike)
5. Choku zuki (straight punch)
6. Yoko Empi Uchi (side elbow strike)
Try and keep the shoulders down, don’t let the fists come away from the body on the elbow strikes and drive from the legs, through the hips, then snapping the attacking sides hip back on completion of each technique.
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Taken from one of our live karate classes

This follow along karate class is the first class of three

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Shotokan Karate Follow Along Class 6 Strikes From Shizentai

Shotokan karate follow along class

So we are using the snap back to develop power in the elbow strikes. We often talk about the bounce!

And sometimes when we say bounce it comes after a punch comes back to hikite, we then immediately strike again with the same arm, it’s that transition from hikite to the second strike that we are reffering to when we say bounce in this instance.

Make sure your hikite arm comes all the way back before you attempt the second strike, but the instant it hits the hikite position at the side of the body, it explodes forward to strike again.

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