July was a fun month working with Keri Ido learning new kicks and combinations.  We found out how our legs heat things up, and discovered the devistating power that can be generated from kicks.  We learned a couple “new” kicks and discussed their effectiveness or usage.  We learned some new exercises with the legs to made our hips stronger and improve our balance.
During the month of August we will continue with our theme of moving basics and work through Kihon Ido.  By the end of the month we will be comfortable with some basic sets and have the ability and confidence to “create” or find our own.
Thank you for a great summer so far, here is to a “moving” August…


Kickin’ in July

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!