Tuesday 12.5.15: Sanchin - 3x Advanced karate class (1,5 hour) Today again there were only three, later just two of us students with sensei. I don't know why so few people come today. It's true our dojo doesn't have many advanced students (I'm considered intermediate), but still... Today's class was focused on open-hand techniques. It started with kihon - basic techniques, then partner drills of these strikes and blocks. Then sensei had us practise and taught us several bunkai (kata applications) that again make use of open-handed techniques: - 2nd and 3rd bunkai from Gekisai Dai Ni - 2nd and 6th bunkai from Saifa (I do know bunkai for Saifa, but still struggle with them) - 3 bunkai for Seiyunchin (I don't know this kata, nor the bunkai of course, so this was something very new to me) - 1 bunkai from Shisochin (again, no knowledge of this kata and bunkai, but I've seen the kata performed and it's a very beautiful one, so I'm looking forward to learning it. The bunkai we learned was quite nice, too, much more so than the bunkai from Seiyunchin that I find a bit odd - they don't have such a nice "flow" - well, at least in my interpretation...) At the end we tried all of them one after the other, which wasn't very easy, but I enjoyed it. Because of the Seiyunchin bunkai we also learned a new stance - renoji dachi - that's a bit similar to neko-ashi dachi I'm familiar with, but still quite different - enough to make me completely confused when trying to use it fast in the bunkai. Need to learn that one, too... Last 10 minutes was a usual belly work-out.