Category Archives: Shotokan Karate
Hoping to start Shotokan for the first time next semester at a local university.
Alright!!!! The long awaited deluxe leg stretching machine has come in!!!!! the official starting measurements are;
leg length: roughly 37 inches long from point of rotation in hip.
straddle split length(from heel of foot to heel of foot): 72 inches (6 feet long)
straddle split distance from floor:8 inches
[free standing straddle split distance: 9 inches]
Right foot front split length:68inches
Right foot front split distance from ground:7.5 inches
Left foot Front split length:68 inches
Left foot Front split distance from floor:7.5 inches
It has begun! I have officially started taking my Shotokan Karate classes as of January 26th, 2011 at a University close to my campus. Sadly it isn’t offered at my own University so i have to travel a bit by car to get there, but I think it is worth it.
Since this is a beginning Shotokan course i feel that it is going a good speed for the people that have never done a martial art before, but for myself and a few others it is rather slow… I feel kind of bad being experienced in another martial art and participating as a beginner, but those are the rules and i also enjoy learning things from the beginning. The idea of hoping ranks is a tough subject, but i like knowing in my heart that i have everything down and being confident in every style i know.
The new terminology is alot of fun seeing as one of my majors is Japanese, so there is new vocabulary and such.
i am hoping more people show up for the next class, since the bad weather seemed to cut the class size in half of what was registered to attend.
I have signed up for a Shotokan Karate class at a brother university and I am awaiting their response to my home university. This is not something that I expect to subtract from school work, since I already dedicate time out of the day for martial arts and exercise. I look forward to the opportunity of learning a new form of martial arts and expanding my knowledge.
I am curious to the opinions of others that have practiced/studied Shotokan in the past as well as are still presently practicing. Have your experiences been good? Bad? Both?
Since I will be participating in a formal class again I intend to increase my workout intensity and my stretching. By the end of next semester I am specifically aiming to regain my straddle split, and my front splits ( i will also be posting this last statement under my “Goals” Category).