January 6th saw the first Shidoin clinic of the year ( 830-10:00 ). David from Richmond Hill and I recieved all of Renshi Ferri's attention as he, Renshi Bellhouse and Shihan James Ferri welcomed the pair of us back.
We began with stance training-and learned some excellent excersizes to emphasize keeping our center of gravity down.
Power developement through kihon training was practiced-bringing new dimensions to Shime No Dosa, Sanchin and Nisei Shi kata.
The Yudansha clinic ( 10:00-12:00 ) was well attended. The timing and power applications of Tenshin kata were explored.
Sochin kata ( sho dai mae and ni dai mae ) was practiced extensively, with emphasis, again, on timing, power and speed.
The differences between the 2 versions were discussed and practiced.
Henshuho numbers 1-4 were re-visited.
On January 20th the 'alternative' clinic was held. ( 'Alternative' in as much as it is for older, or injured karateka, or those who couldn't get to the regular clinic that month.) Personally ,I attend both clinics every month if I can.
We trained on basic punch mechanics, remembering to link breathing, stance, tanden, hikite , target, metsuke and kime into our technique.
Next we did some 'fun' cardio drills-whew!
The 2 hr class was rounded out with kata and Chito Ryu Bo kihon.
These are both great learning clinics, run by knowledgeable and competent Renshis.
While mandatory for students planning to grade to shodan, nidan, sandan or yondan, these clinics are also valuable learning opportunities for any brown or black belt who wants to solidify their knowledge base and practice with advanced peers.
Please do yourselves a favour and come to the Hombu dojo for these clinics ( every month ) !
You will never regret it.