Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Kamishiro Yuu's Kick Training

Since this is a Holyland workout, looks like we're back to lots of repetitions of techniques. Yay! Considering this workout will be centered on kicking, there won't be near as many reps as the punching version. In any cases, so far Yuu has only exhibited the ability to do two kicks-- a roundhouse and a spinning back kick. And those will be the only two we'll cover. You can do them on a heavy bag, with a partner using Thai Pads, or on a tree, like Yuu did... however, he also wrapped the living heck out of his leg in order to do it. Honestly, a heavy bag is sufficient. Remember to check the notes at the bottom.

Level One
-200 Round Kicks (100 Each Side)

Level Two
-400 Round Kicks (200 Each Side)

Level Three
-600 Round Kicks (300 Each Side)
-100 Spinning Back Kicks (50 Each Side)

Level Four
-700 Round Kicks (350 Each Side)
-200 Spinning Back Kicks (100 Each Side)

Level Five
-800 Round Kicks (400 Each Side)
-300 Spinning Back Kicks (150 Each Side)

Level Six
-900 Round Kicks (450 Each Side)
-400 Spinning Back Kicks (200 Each Side)

Level Seven
-1000 Round Kicks (500 Each Side)
-500 Spinning Back Kicks (250 Each Side)

Level Eight
-1000 Round Kicks (500 Each Side)
-650 Spinning Back Kicks (325 Each Side)

Level Nine
-1000 Round Kicks (500 Each Side)
-800 Spinning Back Kicks (400 Each Side)

Level Ten
-1000 Round Kicks (500 Each Side)
-1000 Spinning Back Kicks (500 Each Side)

Notes:
  • You do not have to do all the reps on one side before doing the reps on the other. You can break them into sets of 25, 50, 100 or whatever. I don't really even see the problem of mixing up the round kicks and the spinning back kicks, so you don't get too tired or bored with the same move. Just make sure you keep track of your reps and you do all the ones listed.
  • I understand that this seems a little excessive, but also understand that you aren't doing this workout all the time. However, it is a nice little shocker for your body every now and again when thrown in the mix of the rest of the workouts. 
  • The round kicks, at least for being true to the manga, should all be done off the rear leg and should be "turn-kicks." That is to say that if you didn't have a target to hit, your body would spin all the way around. I'll post a few examples of the types of kicks. However, if you want to adapt it to your style and use just a normal roundhouse or split up the roundhouse reps into lead and rear legs, that is entirely up to you.
  • I'll also post videos for the spinning back kick.
  • You should be able to complete your current level of this workout and not be destroyed before advancing to the next level. Use your own judgement, or you can move ahead after three successful completions of your current level (remember that means three separate occasions of using this workout, not three times at once).
  • This workout will help your build strength in these movements and also build the neural pathways required for the proper execution of the techniques.
  • Remember to stretch!
That's our workout. I'll post some videos for it shortly. Until next time, good luck and train hard!
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