1-7-8-1-6-4-6Published 11/12/2013
1-7-8-1-6-4-6: This seven digit sequence has stuck in my memory for years now. I use it to teach the timing of a particular Shotokan Kata; each digit represents the number of consecutive techniques to execute. The hyphen denotes the deliberate pause that separates those groups of movements. This Kata has only two kicks, two stances and the vast majority of the arm movements are executed whilst in a stationary stance. The lack of stepping and static nature of stance, requires that power is generated from the from the ground up. When viewed from the side, the hand movements slot into one of four ranges:

Full arm's length in front e.g. straight punch
Half arm's length in front e.g. hook punch
Directly alongside the body e.g. lower level block
Half arm's length behind e.g. back fist strike preparation

I'm sure you have guessed it by now, but the last give away is that this Kata floor plan (embusen) is a straight line spanning right to left to right again.

All together now...Tekki Sandan! ;o)

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