A report on the recent Shihan Elena Floris course by Sensei Pam Waterhouse.

On Saturday 4th February 2017, Shihan Elena Floris made a welcome return visit to Kempston to provide another excellent course, this time covering the area of kumite.

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Shihan Floris began by taking the students through some very basic kihon, emphasising keeping the knee high when executing a front snap kick (Mae Geri).  She also demonstrated an alternative way of performing a kekomi kick, which was quick and probably well suited to freestyle.

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Gohon and Sanbon kumite followed, with Shihon Flores taking the class through a sequence of blocks and counters and demonstrating the importance of using the hips and dropping when blocking, engaging the whole body, rather than just part of it.

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The session ended with pair work with students putting the sequence into a kumite setting, building up to high speed.

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One of the threads running through the afternoon was the concept of 'zanshin' or maintaining concentration, which has been a theme in Renshi Kidby's dojos in recent weeks.  Shihan Floris used the analogy of guarding a bar of chocolate to help the younger students grasp the idea.

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The afternoon was highly enjoyable and was aimed at all grades.  It was essentially a very basic course but I believe everyone who attended would have learned something invaluable which will enhance their future training.

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Shihan Floris was carrying an injury that afternoon but that did not prevent her from demonstrating the techniques with expert speed and precision.  In her words, "When I put on a gi, I forget the injury".  Those are the words of a true karateka and it is always an honour to attend her courses.

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