Tedoku Tensu: Things To Remember:

Building Confidence
Not Timidity
Building Character
Not Aggression
Building Life Skills
Discipline in Unbroken Spirits
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Some time ago I wrote an article on In Praise of Kata For Exerciser: Tandoku Renshu. I submitted it to a forum for review and I could not believe the barrage of ... well, shall we say the article was not ment to be controversial but some how ended up so. In fact I stopped submitting stuff to that forum because it was just such an unpleasant experience.

I mention this because I am very happy to receive comment on anything I write but I have no interest in being flamed no matter how much one disagrees with me or being abused because you think you now more than me.

However I have wanted to make few add comment to my article for some time and I have decided that it is time. So with the above in mind here they are for your thoughts.

General things to remember:
  1. Breathe
  2. Keep your back straight except were bending (seems obvious but easily forgotten)
  3. It is an exercise and although it is based on real strikes and kicks and punches the main idea is to stretch and improve cadio, so all the moves are exaggerated and can be done at different speeds.
  4. Don't let yourself be limited by artificial traditions. The exercise is the tradition.

Finally let me say that, although Tandoku Renshu forms a part of a larger Kata it is practice as a stand alone Kata also. Particularly by the Women in the early days of the Kodakan. So don't be afraid of practicing it as such.


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