The above video shows a practice session of a kobudo drill using the Sai (metal truncheon). This is the first of three Sai drills that we practice in the kobudo program I run at The Academy of Traditional Karate. This drill is composed of three sets of blocks, five low, four middle and three high. The stances alternate between Zenkutsu-dachi (front leaning stance) and Neko-ashi-dachi (cat stance). The Sai blocks are first performed all on the left side and then all on the right side.
Periodically video taping practice sessions like this is a great way to review and analyze your own performance. On video you can see what you are doing well and where you can continue to improve. Practicing Karate/Kobudo is always a constant process of learning, evaluating and improving.
I videoed this practice session in our basement dojo on 03/12/22. Stay tuned for my next post which will include a step-by-step breakdown and a PDF practice reference sheet for this drill. Subsequent posts will cover the Sai Strikes and Sai Combinations drills which I have also video taped.
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