◾ Supplementary Holistic Training 

Breathing

Regular practice of different breathing techniques is essential for good training. We employ three types of breathing at our Dojo to ensure optimum health whilst training.

  • Relaxation Breathing, used to relax the neck and shoulders prior or during training
  • Recovery Breathing, employed after intense bouts of exercise to reduce training fatigue
  • Meditative Breathing, used at the end of a session to return the body to normal functioning

Tsuki

It is often stated in Okinawa that training begins and ends with tsuki (punching). We follow this ethos closely in our dojo by practicing several hundred punches within each session. We employ two slightly differing punching methods shown to us by Okinawan Masters Arakaki and Higa.

Kushinundo

A regular exercise in Okinawa is the bending of the legs like reeds. This is an holistic approach to enriching the muscles throughout the whole body with oxygen and nutrients from the blood. In addition, it also massively improves stamina, mental determination and physical strength - particularly in the legs.

  • Children:        Under 18years should not hold in the 'down' position longer than a second
  • Beginner:       Our Dojo practices 70 repetitions with a hold in the 'down' position of 4 full seconds for beginners
  • Intermediate:  Our Dojo practices 50 repetitions with a hold in the 'down' position of 7 full seconds for intermediates
  • Advanced:     Our Dojo achieves 25 repetitions with a hold in the 'down' position of 20 full seconds for advanced practitioners

The stomach can be sucked in on the down count to bring the core muscles into action during the hold period.
Naihanchi Dachi can be used as an alternative to Shikou Dachi for people who are injured or less able.

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