Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Enpi Take Kata

Every technique termed will be bold so you can refer to http://www.putfile.com/germanchakra (not up yet) if you need to.

THE TECHNIQUE:
Start in musubi dachi. Say "Enpi Take". Bow towards the front. Put feet together, then raise heels from the ground as you do ki readying. Do a left leg block and bend your knees. With your right foot, give a front kick. Step forward into zenkutsu dachi. Do a right upwards elbow strike. Walk your right foot back while putting your right arm down. Step into zenkutsu dachi with your left foot out, and give an outside elbow strike. Do a stepping upper elbow strike, then do a knuckle whip. Walk your left foot back into hachi dachi stance, cross your arms, and do a double outside elbow strike. Perform a back elbow strike. Look behind you to your left, then put your left foot behind you and turn 180 degrees, stay in Cat stance, and perform an outside block with your left arm. Punch chest-height with your right hand. Step your left foot back into zenkutsu dachi and perform a right leg block. Frontal kick and step into zenkutsu dachi with your left leg out front. Give an upwards elbow strike with your left arm. Walk your left foot back, step out into zenkutsu dachi with your right foot out front and do an outside elbow strike. Then do a stepping upper elbow strike. Next a knuckle whip. Walk your right foot back into hachi dachi, cross your arms, and do a double outside elbow strike. Next do a back elbow strike. Look behind you once more clockwise. Bring your right foot behind you and turn 180 degrees to face the front (the way you started), stay in Cat stance, and give an outside block with your right arm. Punch chest-height. Cross your arms, push, and move into hachi dachi. Put your feet together, finish ki readying, and as you bring your arms down to your sides, move into musubi dachi. Bow to the front.

TIPS:
∙ Think of Enpi Take as one small kata performed one way and then backwards. If you memorize all the technique facing one way, then when you turn around and block, you're doing the same thing all over again. Then you just turn around once more and have a tiny bit to do.
∙ When you think you have it down, practice with your eyes closed (in a vastly open area).
∙ Don't look at the kata list. Write all of the movements down on paper and ask someone else to check it for you who has the above list. Have them make any corrections, memorize the corrections, and practice some more.
∙ Videotape yourself practicing this kata and watch for any mistakes. Correct them.
∙ If someone you know is fluent at this kata, have them watch you and point your mistakes out to you, and fix your mistakes.
∙ Try to perform the kata without thinking - "just do it".

Have fun & enjoy learning! I know I do!

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