Martial Arts Blogs A Journey to Shodan: Hit!

Thursday, August 25, 2011


One recent Friday night class, I put a lot of emphasis on my Kihon and was lucky enough to have one of my Senseis read from the Shodan Grading list as I worked through each set. Even though I had asked for his assistance, I got WAY more than I had bargained for. This being a Friday night, attendance was low and the other students had left early, so I eventually found myself the last student standing with two Senseis putting me through my paces. It really can't get much better than that.

The key to proper Kihon is to visualize someone as the recipient of your strikes - focus, aim and execute as if you were actually hitting your opponent - every time. If this very important element is left out, one is simply going through the motions. I can still hear their voices ringing in my head yelling "HIT!" every time I threw a punch. The frustrating part is that I thought I was hitting! I don't know how much more I could have put into it, I near threw out my shoulder I was punching so hard. I guess I'm not meant to perfect this particular technique in one intense lesson, but I really felt like in that short period of time I had improved my understanding of each technique and kicked it up a notch.

Things for me to keep in mind:

  • Don't drag my back foot - bring it with me.
  • Stop after each combination and make sure I am in a comfortable stance before proceeding.
  • HIT!


  1. Hi, good post. Keep up the great writing!

  2. Keep your feet under you. Keep your rhythm. HIT!

  3. Mr. Martial Arts: Thanks for checking out my blog - and the compliment. Much appreciated.

    Indianapolis Jiu Jitsu: What a great way to describe it - I'll think of it that way next time and try to get my back leg to stay under me! It all just takes practice.