Shotokan Karate Exercise Basic Turning Exercise

In this live karate class, Sensei Amos worked on a Shuto Uke turning exercise and then applied the techniques practiced to the last four moves of Shotokan Kata Heian Shodan.

The start of the class was spent stepping forward shuto uke in kokutsu dachi, then stepping back in shuto uke in kokutsu dachi, then turning 180 degrees into shuto uke in kokutsu dachi. Sensei Amos focused on many things during this class, keeping the same height throughout the steps and turns, working on the hips when turning and the different parts of the foot to pivot on. Driving from the legs, keeping the back straight, keeping the weight over the back leg in shuto uke, making a sharp block and strong preperation before the block.

A lot of time was spent on what part of the foot to pivot on throughout the turns. (detsails in the video below).

  1. Starting with a left shuto uke in kokutsu dachi, with the left leg in front.
  2. Step forward with the right leg shuto uke in kokutsu dachi.
  3. Then mawate (turn) through 180 degrees and block shuto uke with the right arm.

In the second part of the class Sensei Amos focused on the last four moves of heian shodan, focusing on everything practiced in the first half of the class.

Lots of information was shared in this live karate class, preperation of the arms when blocking, correct feet and knee positioning, correct weight distribution, correct use of the hips when blocking and turning and much more.

Linden Huckle

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Linden Huckle has been practicing and teaching karate for over 50 years and believes first and foremost, karateka should enjoy their karate. He says 'there is nothing better than seeing a person develop into a great person through their karate practice, while at the same time enjoying karate.'

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