Shodan Test

Kagawa Sensei Matsui-sanOn November 8th, 2015, I took my first ever Shodan (First Degree Black Belt) Test.  What comes below is what I had to do for my test.

You can read about my other belt tests here:  Shotokan, First Ever Belt Tests, Multiple Belt Test, 5th Kyu to 4th Kyu Belt Test, Karate in England, 4th Kyu to 2nd Kyu Belt Test, and 2nd Kyu to 1st Kyu Belt Test

1st Kyu (3rd Brown) to Shodan (1st Degree Black Belt) kihon (techniques)

  1. Zenkutsu-dachi Gedan Gamae
    1. Lunge step forward sanbon-zuki (step forward three times)
    2. Jodan age-uke, mae-geri, gyaku-zuki (step back three times)
    3. Chudan soto-uke, kiba-dachi enpi, zenkutsu-dachi ura-zuki gyaku-zuki (step forward three times)
    4. Koukutsu-dachi, shutou-uke, front leg mae-geri, nukite (step back three times)
    5. Gedan barai, nekoashi-dachi chudan uchi-uke, zenkutsu-dachi ura-zuki, yori-ashi gyaku-zuki (step forward three time)
    Mawatte gedan-gamae
    1. Same leg mae-geri, mawashi-geri, gyakuo-zuki (step forward three times)
    Mawatte gedan-gamae
    1. Ushiro-geri, gyaku-zuki (step forward three times)
    Mawatte gedan-gamae
    1. Turning, stepping forward ura-ken, gyaku-zuki (step forward three times)
    Mawatte gedan-gamae from zenkutsu-dachi
      Same leg yoko-geri ka-age ke-komi (step forward three times)
    Mawatte gedan-gamae
    1. Jodan soto-uke, sideway inward yori-ashi gedan baria, front leg mae-geri, gyaku-zuki (step forward three times)

    1st Kyu (3rd Brown) to Shodan (1st Degree Black Belt) kumite

    1. Jodan oi-zuki / Jodan age-uke
    2. Chudan oi-zuki / Chudan soto-uke
    3. Mae-geri / Gedan barai
    4. Yoko-geri / Chudan soto-uke
    5. Mawashi-geri / Chudan uchi-uke
    6. Ushiro-geri / Gedan barai

    1st Kyu (3rd Brown) to Shodan (1st Degree Black Belt) kata

    Heian Godan

    Junro Godan

    Tokui kata – Empi

    Sadly, I did not pass this test.  My kihon and my kumite were good, but my kata lacked what is called kime, which is like spirit/force, but that’s ok, because I will pass the test the next time.  Don’t you all worry.

    Read more

2nd Kyu to 1st Kyu Belt Test

Jiyu Ippon KumiteDon’t forget to read about more about my journey in Shotokan Karate:  Shotokan, First Ever Belt Test, Multiple Best Test, 5th Kyu to 4th Kyu Belt Test, 4th Kyu to 2nd Kyu Belt Test, and studying Karate in England.

On August 9th, 2015, I had my final Kyu (below black belt) level belt test.  This was to go  from second (2nd) Kyu or (2nd) brown belt.  I actually felt very comfortable with testing this time.  I knew all my techniques for my kihon, I got to work with another student for my kumite and all the katas I thought I would be asked to do I knew well.  They aren’t prefect, but I know them pretty well.  Have a look below and see how I did.

Read more

I am me, and you are you

Wolf says I should write, so okay.

I cannot be other than what I am.

I cannot pretend to be the cute, fluffy, pink sugary sweetness of other delicate, feminine girls.

I cannot pretend to be the tough-as-nails, black leather and mud type hard-ass girls, who nonetheless ooze sex appeal and hang with the boys.

I cannot be the furry, adorable, mouse-type, squirreled away in a corner, that people just want to scoop up and cuddle.

I cannot hope to be the punk-rock, obscure references, facial piercings, with the artists deep, sensitive nature.

Read more

4th Kyu to 2nd Kyu Belt Test

Belt Test Class May 10, 2015To continue sharing of my journey in Shotokan Karate, you can read Shotokan Karate, First Ever Belt Test, Multiple Belt Test, 5th Kyu to 4th Kyu Belt Test, and studying Karate in England.

On May 10th, 2015, I had another belt test.  This one was to go from fourth (4th) Kyu to second (2nd) Kyu, which is I went from second (2nd) purple to second (2nd) brown.  I only have one more Kyu level, under black belt level, to test, and then I will be testing for my Shodan, first (1st) degree black.  I think I was the most nervous for this test then I have been since my first test.  I felt I wasn’t fully sure about my Kihon, techniques.  Well, I knew the techniques, but I wasn’t sure about what they were in Japanese.  Have a look, and you can see how I did.

Read more

Karate In England

JKS EnglandI always enjoy going to England.  I love seeing the people we see, I love London and I have a growing affection for Hucknall and Nottingham.  For me, there is just something special about it.  I don’t go that often as it is expensive, but I do enjoy it when I’m there.

WeaponsThis time was special for a few reasons.  First, I had ordered a pair of foam-padded nunchaku, a pair of wooden nunchaku and a pair of tonfa, all of which were delivered to Mum’s house in Hucknall.  As a matter of fact, when we got to Mum’s house, I opened them up from their packaging and played with them a little bit.

Read more

5th Kyu to 4th Kyu Belt Test

Chudan Oi-zuki - KihonTo continue sharing of my Shotokan Karate, you can read my post about Shotokan Karate, my post about my First Ever Belt Test and my Multiple Belt Test.

 
On February 8th, 2015, I did another belt test.  This time I tested 5th Kyu to 4th Kyu, which is I tested from 5th level to 4th level in Shotokan Karate.

The first part of the test was Kihon which means techniques.  Here is what I had to do for Kihon this time:

From another angle.

  1. Zenkutsu-dachi Gedan-gamae
    • Chudan Oi-zuki – stepping forward five (5) times
    • Jodan Age-uke, Gyaku-zuki – stepping backward five (5) times
    • Chudan Soto-uke, Gyaku-zuki – stepping forward five (5) times
    • Koukutsu-dachi Shutou-uke – stepping backward five (5) times
    • Gedan Barai, Nekoashi-dachi, Chudan Uchi-uke, Zenkutsu-dachi, Gyaku-zuki – stepping forward five (5) times
  2. Mawatte Gedan-gamae
    • Mae-geri – stepping forward five (5) times
  3. Mawatte Gedan-gamae
    • Mawashi-geri – stepping forward five (5) times
  4. Kiba-dachi
    • Yoko Ke-age – stepping forward four (4) times
    • Yoko Ke-age – stepping forward four (4) times
    • Yoko Ke-komi – stepping forward four (4) times
    • Yoko Ke-komi – steppubg forward four (4) times
  5. Mawatte Gedan-gamae
    • Turning Ura-ken, Gyaku-zuki – stepping forward five (5) times

After that, we were tested on Kumite.  The Kumite that we did this time was called Kihon-Ippon-Kumite, which is five (5) techniques, one (1) step.  They are listed as follows:

Read more

Meditation Example

photo

Ok, Right now I’m sitting at Burger King doing homework. One way I meditate is to stare at an abstract object like the neon light. In fact, I have been staring at it for fifteen minutes. Now yes, I’m not doing my homework, but when I return to it, I can zone in on it just like I zoned in on the light.

The key to this method is to notice details. If you look at it closely, you can see the reflection in the window. (the image doesn’t show it) But the point is to notice every detail so the object looks much different than when you originally glanced at it.

Read more

Meditation

Meditation RingsBefore I even start this post on meditation, I want to make something very clear.  The comments and views in this post are strictly my own opinion.  If you disagree with them, that’s fine.  If you would like to discuss it, that would be great, I’m always open for a good discussion.

Meditation is something really interesting, and something I’ve spent a lot of time doing since I was in my teens.  But wait; let me start with a couple of definitions first.

From Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Read more

Four (4) Years On

Dom 2010It has now been roughly four (4) years since we have decided to stop smoking.  New Years Resolution.  Well, it’s now 2015, and Tracy and I have been smoke free for an amazing four (4) years.

Another thing that I wanted to change back then was I felt I needed to lose weight.  At that time, I weighed in about 260 pounds (118 kg).  I remember walking up and down stairs and just feeling heavy.  I wanted to change that about myself.  that was the heaviest I had ever weighed in my life.  So I decided to make a change.  I didn’t go on a diet per se, but I did cut back on how much I was eating, and I also stopped eating breakfast.  I notice that when I eat breakfast, I get hungry sooner in the day, and I would end up eating more.  So the first thing I did was cut out breakfast for most days of the week.

Read more

Multiple Belt Test

Receiving Purple BeltTo continue sharing of my Shotokan Karate, you can read my post about Shotokan Karate, and my post about my First Ever Belt Test.

On November 17th, I had another multiple level belt tests.  I tested to go from Orange belt (8th kyu) to Blue belt (7th kyu), from Blue belt (7th kyu) to Green belt (6th kyu) and lastly, from Green belt (6th kyu) to 1st Purple belt (5th kyu).  Overall, it was a busy day at the dojo.  Our Sensei was testing over 20 students ranging in level from White belt (10th kyu) to 1st Purple belt (5th kyu), and quite a few students this time were testing for more than one level.

Read more