In our Saturday Morning black belt class, we have a four step punching drill we do. I was reminded of this drill because we did it in our Oct. 2 2012 Monday Night Black Belt class. This is a pretty simple drill for intermediate to advanced practitioners.
Stepping Punch, Stepping Reverse Punch, Stepping Reverse Punch, Stepping Punch
- This is a stepping drill, we kumite into our normal downward block kumite position in a front stance
- The first move is a standard stepping punch starting with the right hand
- The second move is a stepping reverse punch – to do this, when we step we position our left hand out pulling the right hand back to the hip almost like we are punching with the left hand (although we do not actually do a full force punch). This is performed in the middle of the C step, then when we step out we can punch with our “reverse” hand full power, if you did this correctly your left foot should be the lead foot in your front stand and your right hand should be punching
- The third move is a stepping reverse punch, right foot forward, left hand punching out
- The fourth and last move is a stepping punch, similar to the second move, we alternate hands in the middle so that when we punch, we are back in a normal stepping punch with left foot forward and left hand punching over the lead foot
Our Sensei stressed to take your time on each move, because too many people blow through the drill. Lastly, it is a huge drill devoted to using hips and power behind punches, so you should focus on gaining power with this drill.
Last night we started out black belt class with a typical reverse punch routine. But that quickly evolved into something different. Our Sensei asked us to do a “jump spinning reverse punch“. We’ve all seen the glorious hollywood style jump kicks such as the hurricane kick and the butterfly kick. But this was a move that involved landing with a punch. Not so much a technique with alot of flare, more so it was something to teach you to ground yourself and then immediately punch after.
I googled this jumping punch and I did not find anything pertaining to it to illustrate how it’s done, but here is the technique broken down for those curious.
Jump Spinning Punch
- Kumite into your typical downward block
- Instead of doing a reverse punch in place, you jump up pulling both feet in the air doing a 180 to your right (going right to start off)
- Land with both feet in a front stand and throw your reverse punch with the left hand immediately after
- For the second, count, you jump doing a 180 to your left this time and land to punch with the right hand reverse punch (alternate sides)
- After a full set, kumite and switch stance to mix it up a bit so you are jumping on different sides
This was a great drill we did, and it is also a great workout. Our Sensei stated his old Japanese masters used to swing a bo full speed at your feet and would crack you if you weren’t jumping high enough, he wanted us to jump as high as possible. After mentioning the bo staff everyone started jumping higher thinking we would be victim to the bo staff…
After completing both sides of that drill, we did a 360 version instead of a 180. So one you kumite you jump turning to your left side doing a full 360 and landing punching with the right hand. For this one, you end up punching the same side all the time. This was a nice drill to teach the difficult kick of Unsu kata.