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  #901  
Old 19-May-2017, 02:21 AM
InkyTommy InkyTommy is offline
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My Sunday classes are review and experiment sessions and we often go over the most basic of stuff.

It's always a surprise when the most basic of steps let you down, or points of balance aren't what you expect them to be.

I think it's good training.

Agreed. Never hurts to go back and revisit the basics, especially the more advanced one becomes.
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Old 19-May-2017, 02:33 AM
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Kung Fu II Time!

This class was equal parts assault on our legs and our minds...

Warm Up and Technique:
-High Heel Kick, Jumping Inside Crescent Kick, alternating sides
-Outside Crescent Kicks, Jumping Outside Crescent Kicks, alternating sides
-Inside Crescent Kick, Jumping Spinning Inside Crescent Kick
-Spinning Outside Crescent Kick, Jumping Spinning Outside Crescent Kick
-Round House Kick, Spinning Round House Kick, Spinning Round House Kick
-Cyclonic Kicks (three in a row)
-Low Stance Jumps
-Grass Cutters (don't ask...)
-Knuckle Push Ups - 10
-Tricep Push Ups - 10
-Wide Palm Push Ups - 10
-Spider-Man Push Ups - 10
-Back Bend Push Ups -10
-Dive Bomber Push Ups - 10
-Endurance Push Ups - 10

Forms:
-Staff (twice with all the Blue Belts)
-San Lei Keun (all the Blue Belts...learned three more moves and we're about three moves from the end)

Notes:
-412 calories burned at average heart rate of 107 BPM and a max heart rate of 137 BPM
-I actually pulled off a fairly decent Cyclonic Kick!
-And with the Four Kicks I now merely feel like an old man doing them as opposed to someone who can't do them at all.
-I also realized that San Lei Keun is a really short form. It just seems to have taken us a year to learn it.
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Old 20-May-2017, 02:16 AM
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Kung Fu Sparring Time!

Really fun class tonight. Everybody was in a great mood and had the right frame of mind (which was to learn and have fun). No one was showboating or trying prove anything.

We started off with some punch kick combos to warm up.

Then we did some footwork/evasion drills. The goal in these was to avoid getting hit without retreating. So we worked on either stepping off to the side and moving inside or outside...but always forward.

After a few rounds of this, we put on our sparring gear and tried it for real. It's amazing how what you've learned goes immediately out the window when the pressure is on!

I have a tendency to scoot back and skip forward after my opponent's done with his/her combinations. After after awhile, I was able to pull this off almost naturally.

We also tried to spar without resorting to our usual "bag of tricks". for instance, I have my "fake retreat, spinning back fist move" (which by now, everybody sees coming). Another classmate of mine draws people in then hits them with a mid-level side kick.

So he and I went a couple of rounds and made a conscious effort NOT to resort to our usual repertoire. It was...challenging (but fun).

Notes:
-Burned off 458 calories at an average heart rate of 118 BPM and a max of 160 BPM
-Apparently those killer leg workouts from earlier this week shook something loose. Because that perpetual pain in my left hip is completely gone! And I was actually able to pull off some fast and powerful kicks.
-Man...hope I didn't just jinx myself...
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Old 23-May-2017, 02:26 AM
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Training Time: Fun with Forms; Part Deux -Electric Boogaloo: The Sequel

Ran through my forms again. This time with much better results.

-One Foot Stance - 5/side
-High Heel Kick - 10/side
-Inside Crescent Kick - 10/side
-Outside Crescent Kick - 10/side
-Forms
  • Sei Fon Sei Bei
  • Keun Lei Keun
  • Taijin Keun
  • Chong Keun
  • Staff
  • Sam Lei Keun
-Heavy Bag - 10 min
  • Front Roundhouse Kicks
  • Ax Kick
  • Combos
-Horse Stance Stretch
-Low Stance Stretch

Notes:
-305 calories burned at an average heart rate of 112 BPM and a max of 136 BPM
-MUCH better job with the forms this time! Everything came back almost 100%
-Did forget one part of Chong Keun (which is kind of sad since it's my favorite form so far). But it came back pretty quickly
-I'm clearly doing something funky with my kicks, because the quasi-persistent hip/booty injury is back. Actually had to pop an Ibuprofin after the workout.
-Not sure what exactly is causing it (though it feels like a pinched nerve), but hopefully Kung Fu class can help straighten it out again.
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Old 24-May-2017, 04:02 AM
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Kung Fu II Time!

Sifu's out of town for the next couple of weeks. So Sihing Mike ran the class. I like his classes because he's older than me and likes his warm ups!

Here's how it went down:

Warm Up
-Should Rotations - Forward/Backwards
-Hip Rotations - Forward/Backwards
-Waist Rotations - Forward/Backwards
-Knee Rotations - Forward/Backwards
-Bow Stance Stretch (each sides)
-Horse Stance Stretch
-Low Stance Stretch (each side)
-Half Split Stretch (each side)
-Standing Split
-Downward Dog Stretch
-Downward Dog Push Ups - 12

Bag Work (see notes)
-Rear Leg Roundhouse Kick - 3 x 3 per leg
-Steal Step Side Kick - 3 x 3 per leg
-Back Fist, Ax Kick - 3 x 3 per side
-Inside Crescent Kick - 3 x 3 per side

Forms
-Sam Lei Keun

Notes:
-295 calories burned at an average heart rate of 96 BPM and a max of 136 BPM
-For the bag drills, six of us stood around a free-standing bag with a water-filled base and took turns around the circle. We did three kicks per side for three rounds, with each one focusing on technique, speed and power, respectively.
-Pinched nerve/pulled muscle in my left hip/booty put a severe dent in my kicking ability. Still...I got some decent power from my roundhouse kicks.
-Side kicks are still another story. But they are improving slowly...
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Old 26-May-2017, 01:50 AM
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Kung Fu II Time!

Another class with Sihing Mike, which is always fun because he just makes it up as he goes.

So NO ONE knows what to expect.

Not even Sihing Mike.

Here's the skinny:

Warm Up:
-Arm Circles (forward & backwards)
-Shoulder Rotations (forwards & backwards)
-Waist Rotations (forwards & backwards)
-Knee Rotations (forwards & backwards)
-Lunging Stretch (both sides)
-Half Split (both sides)
-Pigeon Stretch (both sides)
-Standing Split
-High Heel Kicks (focus on a quick return)
-Across the Body High Heel Kicks
-Behind the Shoulder High Heel Kick
-Steal Step Side Kick
-Punch, Kick, Punch
-Punch, Kick, Side Kick
-Punch, Kick, Side Kick, Side Kick
-Back Fist, Reverse Punch
-Back Fist, Reverse Punch, Scraping Punch, Spinning Back Fist (focus on speed)
-Dynamic Tension Push
-Sit-Up Punches - 35
-Back Extensions - 35

Forms:
-Sam Lei Keun (together as a class)
-Staff (Blue Belts Only)
-Sam Lei Keun (Blue Belts Only)

Notes:
-453 calories burned at an average heart rate of 106 BPM and a max of 140 BPM
-After completing Sam Lei Keun, I've realized it's a very short form. But it has some tricky moves in it (Four Kicks, Straddle Split Landing and Cyclonic Kick)
-I can actually complete the form. It's just not pretty.
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