You may know that most of our kata have very few kicks, some even have none. This is because Karate is a hand art (Kara = empty, Te = Hand) In GoJu Ryu we use kicks mostly to destabilize the body and set up hand techniques.
For July we will work with Keri Ido specifically. Keri ido is a moving drill using kicks primarily. The legs are very strong so they can be devastating when used well but they take a lot of energy to use. Mostly it is a way to condition the body, strengthen the hips and improve balance.
Keri Ido develops combinations of kicks that set each other up and help us learn to flow with our feet while maintaining balance, developing our sense of distance and ability to target.
Here is to a Kickin’ July!