Technique of the Week (November 21st, 2005)
Eng Ni Dan
Hanshi, Kyoshi, Shihan, Sensei and Deshi, Onegai-shimasu!
Get rooted and stay rooted. Once we are in dachi (stance), that stance
must be maintained until it is time for transition to the next dachi.
Some of the common mistakes are: to move once 'locked' into the stance,
usually rising due to fatigue (kiba-dachi; neko-ashi-dachi); and bobbing
due to a change in hand or upper body positioning (kosa-dachi, zenkutsu-dachi).
Another common mistake is for the rear heal to lift during a punch (zuki),
especially in zenkutsu-dachi. Get rooted and stay rooted, unmoving,
until it is time to transition to the next stance. Once it is time to
move: remember the corkscrew hips (with the deepest respect to Sensei
Kaplan's TFTW of 11/10).