Sonoba-Kihon: (1) Chudan choku-zuki (Hachiji-dachi); (2) Jodan age-uke (Hachiji-dachi); (3) Chudan soto-uke (Hachiji-dachi); (4) Chudan uchi-uke (Hachiji-dachi); (5) Gedan-barai (Hachiji-dachi); (6) Shuto chudan-uke (Hachiji-dachi); (7) Mae-geri keage (Heisoku-dachi); (8) Yoko-geri keage (Heisoku-dachi); (9) Gyaku-zuki (Uken then Saken in Hidari then Migi zenkutsu-dachi); (10) Chudan mae-geri keage (Migi then Hidari in Hidari then Migi zenkutsu-dachi);
At present my training has mostly been dedicated to the four Sentei-gata: Bassai-Dai, Kanku-Dai, Enpi and Jion with references going back to the Shitei-gata. Often this includes extensive practice of one of the Shitei-gata, such as Heian Yondan, alongside Kanku-Dai etcetera. To treat myself I am triweekly concluding the kata section of my practice with a Jiyu-gata. Amongst these are Hangetsu and Gankaku (one of which I need to select for my next JKA qualifications exam), and Sochin.
Without going into details, I'm using Sochin to push my technical boundaries/limitations. This practice is pushing me to the limits, not only physically, but also mentally: as it is forcing me to control myself differently.
I. All the forms of `standard Shotokan kumite’ are presently in my regime: Nevertheless, rather than spreading myself wide and mitigating the positive results of my training, I have a specific theme. This theme is simple… ‘to maximize my channeling/transferring of power in all of my techniques’. Currently, Oi-zuki (Jun-zuki), Gyaku-zuki and Mae-geri-keage are the most important techniques in this process; hence I’ve also returned to the practice of Kihon Ippon Kumite (Kiri Kaeshi): as an extension of my ‘kihon ippon training’. In sum, I am doing Gohon-Kumite, Kihon Ippon Kumite, Kihon Ippon Kumite (Kiri Kaeshi), Jiyu Ippon Kumite and Jiyu Kumite (along with ‘Uchikomi’ work). On days when I don’t have a training partner I practice these as solo drills.