Last night my entire production crew (Larry holding my phone), shot this quick video of Mike and I demonstrating a simple drill we were working on during class.
It’s a good karate drill for practicing close range techniques with fast reactions. It uses 4 different techniques that you can string together, and unlike a lot of karate drills that involve stepping with a single counter, this drill makes use of multiple counter techniques.
- Stand at punching range and have the first person punch to the face (mae ken zuki) while their partner makes and open palm push block (nagashi uke).
- Person 2 now counters with a back fist strike to the head (uraken), follows immediately with a reverse punch to the body (gyaku zuki) and finally with a front hand punch to the face (mae ken zuki).
- Person 1 now counters by making nagashi uke, uraken, gyaku zuki and mae ken zuki….
- The process repeats…
(click the play button below to watch the video)
Karate drills like these are great because they help develop fast reflexes at close range.
Hint: When you teach this for the first time, save it until the end of class. During class, practice each of the techniques in the drill as basic repetitions. Once you have it down, use it as a warm up in future classes.
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