White Rock Kenshinkan Karate Dojo

Austin, TX

Training Log

Training Log – 08/01/2017

Tuide notes: Remember your anchors and circles. Understand that the first set is fundamental and all things build on it. Kobudo notes: be mindful of the strong and weak sides and distancing. Fight the opponent not the weapon. General notes: Think about where your hips can help your technique, but don’t look silly. You’re not […]


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Training Log- Kobudo Concepts

Kobudo training with the bo, tonight! Concepts from karate translate to kobudo…or vice versa…? Body placement and stance are in effect here, as well as those circles we talk about. Awareness is very important, in this case body and weapon awareness. Bo is a great tool because it translates to almost any size stick.


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Training Log Tuite and intro to kumite

Tonight we worked on the next level of tuite. Note that now we’re shifting stances. That equates to shifting weight and change body! Pay attention to your stances and keeping shoulders and hips in alignment. Start to pay attention to how the uke’s body responds. That will be more and more important! We started our trip down […]


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Training log ippon kumite and kobudo introduction

Congrats to the new 9 kyus!!! Tonight we covered material for the next level, ippon kumite with a counter and an intro to kobudo with some bo warm up exercises and a couple of basic techniques. Kumite – See!? All that talk about blocking with intent and looking for circles comes into play more now! Good clean […]


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Training notes- karate hubud and transitions

We added another set of hubud to the list, using the backfist Focus on controlling both the uke’s hands and yours and let the natural flow work to apply the technique. Recall that transitioning between set 1 and set 2 was easy once the flow was established.


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Training notes-karate class kick drills

We worked on some basic kick defense drills. First using an open hand parry adn then blocking with legs. Remember to focus on having a good foundation AND good balance. One of the big take-aways from these drills is recovering balance as well as practicing some defense moves. Tight fingers & timing are important when […]


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Karate training notes – basic combos circle theory

We added the combos from the basics into the 25 basics. Recall that for sweep/punch/block if follows the same concepts found in other karate basics, extending and gathering power and momentum. Remember to recover your stance and pay attention to balance alignment!! For the combos also remember to make all the techniques distinct and correct. […]


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Training Notes Karate koteate hubud and kata

Good round of basics with the addition of some combo techniques. Remember, when doing the combos it’s better to slow up some and do the technique correctly, rather than shortcut it to try and keep up. Try not to slow the class down, but take the time you can to focus on the technique. So […]


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Training notes – Karate, drills & kata

Another good class!! Added front side kick & back kick. Good questions on leg positioning relative to where kick is headed. More discusion of power vs placement. Punching drills on the pads helped reinforce (no pun intended) wrist alignment and gave a good workout. Great work on kata! Some good examples of just “phoning it in” though. […]


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karate and matwork

First class in uniform!! We worked basics & added a couple of kicks. Remember kicks begin and end in the same place. Intro to matwork!! Relax!! Exhale and stay loose. Remember the circles apply here too. Tongue in the roof of the mouth!! We finished out the class with a discussion about the difference between a customer […]



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