Senior grade karateka form Gauteng, Free State and North West provinces gathered on 13 April 2019 for the second regional training opportunity of 2019. This training session was hosted by Kime Karate Dojo in Centurion, Tshwane.
Karateka were privileged to receive instruction from four highly qualified, experienced senior instructors of the organisation. The program was comprised of five sections, each of which underscored the central theme of effective power delivery.
The first session was led by John Rust Sensei (Rusty’s Karate Academy). The stances neko ashi dachi and fudo dachi received special attention. Focus was placed on the required distribution of weight, the effective contraction and expansion between successive steps, and on the different muscle groups which support correct execution of these two advanced stances. Mastery of neko ashi dachi and fudo dachi is evaluated in karateka who attempt Yondan grading.
During the second session, Stephan Steyn Sensei (Steyn Dojo) challenged the participants’ understanding and consequent application of effective hip techniques for effective power delivery in the kata Tekki Shodan. Karateka were encouraged to entrench these highly effective techniques in their performance of this kata, through deliberate and consistent practice.
The Tekki kata theme was carried further in the third part where Simone Roig y Collado Sensei (Kime Karate Dojo) demonstrated the detail of hand techniques as well as the timing and rhythm in the kata Tekki Nidan. Different applications of the various hand techniques were discussed and demonstrated, thereby equipping students with the information needed to execute the techniques in an increasingly effective manner. Simone Roig y Collado Sensei highlighted the variation between the three Tekki katas in terms of their respective number of movements versus performance time.
Instruction on Tekki Sandan (the third and final of the Tekki katas) was given by Marius Jordaan Sensei (WSKF SA Assistant Chief Instructor), who also enlightened students on the origin and initial purpose of the Tekki katas. Emphasis was placed on the self-defence applications of the techniques found in Tekki Sandan. Karateka were admonished to reflect thoughtfully on the practicality of explanations of karate techniques. The vast amount of readily-available online material does not necessarily pass the test of actual combat application.
The concluding session was also led by Marius Jordaan Sensei. Students were challenged to improve the effectiveness of power delivery in both punching and kicking techniques. Hip application, utilisation of momentum and subsequent achievement of balance was demonstrated and practised.
These sessions highlighted the importance of regularly attending these invaluable training opportunities for two reasons: the advanced, detailed training elements can often not be shared in regular training sessions; and standardisation is optimised in the unified platform of the regional training sessions.