exploringkarate

I've been a keen karate student for 16 years, Shukokai and Shotokan, but there still seems to be no shortage of things to learn and explore. I'm hoping this blog will allow me to share my experiences and hear other martial artists thoughts.

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Karate isn’t just for the Dojo No.2: the morning shave

I’m 6 foot 5 tall which has a lot of plus sides but occasionally some things aren’t quite set up to cater for the taller person. The mirror in our bathroom isn’t that big so when I’m having a shave I have to hunch down a bit to take a look and make sure I’ve done a thorough job. But again karate comes to the rescue with the shiko dachi stance. By dropping into shiko dachi I can lower myself down to just the right height to ensure I get a good view in the mirror without an uncomfortable hunch down.

So Karate isn’t just for the Dojo :-).

Karate isn’t just for the Dojo No.1: the i.play

Just a bit of fun this one :-). I’ve been enjoying a couple of weeks holiday during which we’ve had a few day trips out. Yesterday we went to one of my favourite places to visit, Grange Over Sands in Cumbria. It has a nice promenade (a paved place to walk down) which has various recreational areas alongside it. Towards the end there is a skatepark and next to it something I’d never seen before called an i.play. It felt like a cross between a Batak wall and a bopit toy, with six points you had to push, pull, turn, spin and stomp.

The stomp button, i.stomp, was a few inches off the floor and I found the best way for me to strike it was to make use of a fumikomi kick, and it was a nice feeling making that motion. A younger and more limber Karateka could probadly use other kicks to hit some of the higher buttons but limping down a promenade isn’t as much fun as strolling ;-).

So Karate isn’t just for the Dojo :-).