Kyokushin in Reverse

The Martial Way

IFK World Championship Kata 2014, by Dave Geentjens IFK World Championship Kata 2014, by Dave Geentjens

Moving from jodan uke in Kiba Dachi to gyaku tsuki in zenkutsu dachi, twisting the waist, generating enough torque to make your belt whip around your waist, back and forth as the punch is delivered, with Kime.

Over and over, 100 times, we practice the movement. Sensei Fogarasi watches our every move, correcting us. Making sure that we are rotating correctly on our feet, that our hands are in the correct position. Eventually, with KIAI ! reeling out loudly, the movements become more fluid and natural. We move through stances, strikes and blocks, with Sensei Fogarasi our guide.

Next up, Taikyoku Sono Ichi ura, or with spins. The ura versions of the Kata were developed by Mas Oyama to improve balance and agility. This is helping with our agility for sure and though it can be difficult, we begin to move as…

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