Saturday, November 17, 2012

A Drill Called Kihon Shodan



Back in 1980 when I started trainig with Tristan Sutrisno I learned a drill called Kihon Shodan,  Ihis is a very good drill to explode in forward momentum.

1. Ready Stance

2. Left Foot Forward, Left Low Block

3. Right Reverse Punch

4. Right Front Kick (placing the foot down into right front stance)

5. Left then Right Punch

6. Left High Block

7. Right Rising Elbow Strike

8. Rotate your torso (so it faces 3 o’clock) clockwise 90 degrees and reach out with the left hand to 12 o’clock (as to grab an opponents arm), and then throw a left front kick to the front (again 12 o’clock).

9. Land in a side (3 o’clock) facing horse stance (left foot forward) and throw a left cross body hook punch. [note, this is what the Shotokan and Shorin stylists throw in their Nihanchi (Tekki) Sho Dan Kata, where we throw the palm up spear hand.]

10. Your right foot kicks up to the inside of the left leg (as in the opening of Chinto Kata), then place the right foot down in a left front cat stance (facing 12 o’clock). This concludes with a left hand open knife hand block (similar to Kusnaku’s opening 3 techniques).

11. Your left foot steps forward into a deeper front stance (Shotokan’s zenkatsu-dachi) as your left palm presses down and you drive a right spear hand forward (across the back of the left hand).

12. [Now assume somebody grabbed your right arm.] You press your right spear hand down about 6”, somewhat resembling a downward palm press.

13. Pivoting on your left foot, you spin 360 clockwise to end up in a right cat stance, as both your elbows descend in a double knife hand block (the reverse of no. 10).

14. You jump up with a double front kick (left then right)

15. Landing in right Zenkatsu Dachi, (lunging forward) with a double outward knife hand strike.


Mike Cassidy simplified a version  use for youth classes and has made it a regular part of youth training.

1. Ready Stance

2. Left Foot Forward, Left Low Block

3. Right Reverse Punch

4. Right Front Kick (placing the foot down into right front stance)

5. Left then Right Punch

6. Left High Block

7. Right Rising Elbow Strike

8. Rotate your torso (so it faces 3 o’clock) clockwise 90 degrees and reach out with the left hand to 12 o’clock (as to grab an opponents arm), and then throw a left front kick to the front (again 12 o’clock).

9. Land in a side (3 o’clock) facing horse stance (left foot forward) and throw a left cross body hook punch.

10. Shift to Front Stance

11. Jump Front Kick

12. Right Reverse Punch

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