Technique of the Week (January 9th, 2011)
From Sensei Steve Lott, Midtown (Hombu) Karate Dojo NYC, NY
It is important to recognize proper symmetry of the shoulders. A common error the shoulders are not parallel to the deck after completing the technique
Heres what happens in F1:
In the very 1st move - down block - notice how the right shoulder is not even with the left.
In F2 this error usually occurs a few times.
Both opening down blocks to the side.
At the end of the kata the double punch.
This one is tough to correct because of the position of the arm in the upper punch
The chudan side block in zenkutsu
And the chasing punch
The shoulder problem is seen in the more advanced kata as well
Here in P1.
In the kosa daichi
The last two moves.
And in Naihanchi kata.
The second move of N1.
While all of this is important for every student to recognize it is even more important for beginners. If they execute improperly when they begin learning kata it will be very, very difficult for them to correct later on.
I have purposely not included photos of the correct posture. Research it well on your own. Get to the dojo get in front of the mirror have an advanced deshi observe your kata. Its the only way to get it right.