TRADITIONAL MARTIAL ARTS SANTA COLOMA DE CERVELLÓ SHUBUKAN BARCELONA

All d & rsquo; first, we would like to introduce ourselves. We are a karate club located in a small town near Barcelona and we have been teaching UECHI RYU karate since 2010. We are very grateful for the warm welcome we received from Shimabukuro sensei at UECHI RYU EUROPE. The practice of adults is provided by Francisca Ferrer 5DAN sensei and that of children by Miguel Mas 3DAN.

Every season, our Uechi-Ryu karate school produces two GASSYUKU, which are training in contact with nature with the aim of studying and perfecting karate. This practice adapts to the weather and terrain and strengthens the senses by being in permanent contact with nature.

We do one in the beach area and another in the mountain area. The last weekend of April, training took place in the Pyrenees, to 1 937 m d’altitude. We arrived on Friday 26 May in the afternoon and returned on Sunday 28 May at the end of the day. During these two days, we followed the following training.

QIGONG

During the first session, in the morning and before breakfast, we did qigong work outside, at low temperature (between -1º and 1º), surrounded by mountains and breathing cold, pure air, with the aim of promoting the development of internal energy. It is at dawn that ki is best captured and we are surrounded by nature in its purest state..

KOTE GITAE

After breakfast, we resume training with the practice of kote gitae. This is a characteristic practice of Uechi-ryu training that aims to condition the body against blows and develop the ability to absorb and repel them.. We perform the kote gitae workout with a series of predetermined and sequenced exercises for different parts of the body.

It’s a training that takes years to reach its goal, but when it is reached, the results can be very spectacular, because it helps build strong arms and legs with great resistance to pain. It is regularly practiced in close combat by hitting different areas of the body., especially the arms, legs and abdomen. The practice is usually done with a partner, but can also be done individually or in groups of three…

In the performance of kote gitae, we put into practice the Sanchin principles mentioned above, so we also improve energy work.

HOJO UNDO

After practicing kote gitae, we move on to the basic technique of Uechi Ryu karate : the Hojo Undo.

The Hojo-undo is composed of 13 different defense-attack exercises.

It helps us to correctly learn the basic technique of UECHI RYU karate.

The practice of Hojo-undo is important for two reasons :

  • To learn how to block and attack correctly with arms and legs.
  • To correctly perform the different kata.

With this activity, we finish the morning session and take a short break for lunch and discussion.

SANCHIN

The afternoon session begins with Sanchin practice..

Sanchin is a technique whose aim is to achieve muscular and mental endurance. With the Sanchin system, you will be able to withstand any blow, just muscle tension the affected area and during this time you can use the rest of the body for any other movement you need.

We put into practice the following aspects :

  • Rooting in the ground.

This physical and energetic grounding which develops through the practice of Sanchin then manifests itself through stability of movement.. Rooting is a characteristic that has made UECHI-RYU a superior self-defense system. Power and stability come from the perpendicularity between the axis of our body and the ground.

  • The center of gravity in Tan Tien

In Sanchin, the body must be completely straight, perfect balance and stability must be maintained in all movements. For optimal stability, the center of gravity should be maintained in the lower part of the body, in the area just below the belly button.

In the practice of Sanchin, our center of gravity is kept low, we learn to move on our axis, we learn to generate movements from the hips and stay physically and mentally connected to the ground.

  • Respiration

Sanchin kata involves mastering internal ki, and that's why, It’s not just posture that’s important, but also the way of breathing. Inhale naturally through your nose and expel a minimum amount of air through your closed mouth in a minimum of time. This helps maintain tension in the pectoral and abdominal muscles and thus protects our organs and viscera..

Sanchin breathing strengthens the muscles, the tendons, tissues and bone marrow. Tendons are energy centers that can generate, store and conduct ki and which are developed by the movements of Sanchin, opening joints and strengthening them.

The practice of Sanchin is not done in tension, One of the basic principles of practicing Sanchin is learning to relax and keep a clear mind while performing the movements. It is an inner state of calm and power.

In order to verify the correct execution of Sanchin, sensei Paquita tests Sanchin gitae practitioners by hitting them on different parts of the body to check their correct execution. As the exercise takes place in the great outdoors, you have to overcome certain obstacles that do not exist in the dojo, like the slope of the land, the existing stones, water in vegetation, mud, irregularities of the ground… This makes one think that at the beginning of karate, maybe we trained in a similar way at one point.

Sanchin is an authentic gigong exercise in which energy is generated through posture and breathing.

EXTRACT

The last session of the afternoon is devoted to the practice of outdoor katas, to 1 937 m d’altitude, to the sound of a strong wind, then very light rain and finally snow. A hell of an experience.

The different kata of Uechi-ryu are practiced in order from lowest to highest in the four directions : nord, sud, East and West.

Once this step has been completed, each practitioner chooses a kata to work on and studies it by performing the bunkai of the kata, then showing it to Paquita sensei so that she can correct it and comment on it personally.

Each kata has a certain rhythm that must be felt and followed and a certain set of techniques that must be identified and demonstrated when performing bunkai.

The kata is always performed thinking that it is a real fight in which we imagine the different opponents we face. Each group of techniques is understood as a continuous moment of combat, after which another begins with the use of different techniques.

When practicing kata, the following aspects should be taken into consideration :

– Practice as if it were a real fight.

– Understanding the rhythm of kata.

– Identify and master the groups of kata techniques.

The first day of gassyuku ends with kata practice.

The second day, only morning is the only day of practice, because the return is on the way back. Why is kumite?, kumite dan and free kumite are practiced.

                                                    Paquita Ferrer 5DAN Uechi Ryu Karate Do

TRADITIONAL MARTIAL ARTS SANTA COLOMA DE CERVELLÓ SHUBUKAN BARCELONA

First of all we introduce ourselves. We are a karate club located in a small town near Barcelona that since the 2010 We started teaching UECHI RYU karate. We are very grateful for the cordial welcome we have had from Shimabukuro sensei at UECHI RYU EUROPE. The adult practice is carried out by sensei Francisca Ferrer 5DAN and the children's practice is carried out by Miguel Mas 3DAN.

Every season, our Uechi-Ryu karate school performs two GASSYUKU, which are training in contact with nature that aims to study and perfect karate. Carrying out a practice adapting to the weather and terrain enhances the sense organs by being in constant contact with nature..

We do one in the beach area and another in the mountain area. The last weekend of April the training took place in the Pyrenees at 1.937 m of altitude. Arrival was on Friday 26 May in the afternoon and we return on Sunday 28 last hour.  In these two days we carry out the following training.

QIGONG

In the first morning session and before breakfast we do qigong work outside at low temperatures. (between -1º and 1º) surrounded by mountains and breathing cold and pure air, with the aim of enhancing the development of internal energy. At dawn is when ki can best be captured and we are surrounded by nature in its most virgin state..

KOTE GITAE

After breakfast we restart the training with the practice of kote gitae . It is a characteristic training practice of Uechi-ryu to condition the body against blows and develop the ability to absorb and reject them.. We carry out kote gitae training with a series of predetermined and sequenced exercises for the different parts of the body.

It is a training that takes years to achieve its objective but when it is achieved the results can be very spectacular., as it builds strong arms and legs with great resistance to pain. It is regularly practiced with body-to-body contact hitting different areas of the body, particularly the arms,  legs and abdomen. We usually do the practice with another partner but it can also be done individually or in groups of three people...

In performing kote gitae we put into practice the previously mentioned Sanchin principles with which we are also empowered with energy work..

HOJO UNDO

Once the kote gitae practice is over, we give way to the basic Uechi Ryu karate technique.: the Hojo Undo.

He Hojo-undo is formed by 13 different defense-attack exercises.

It helps us to correctly learn the basic UECHI RYU karate technique.

Practicing hojo-undo is important for two reasons.:

  • To know how to block and attack correctly with your arms and legs.
  • To perform the different katas correctly.

With this activity we end the morning session and take a short break to eat and talk..

SANCHIN

We started the afternoon session with the practice of Sanchin.

Sanchin It is a technique whose objective is to achieve muscular and mental resistance. With the system of Sanchin can withstand any blow, The muscle tension in the affected area is enough and in the meantime the rest of the body can be used for any other movement that is required..

We put into practice the following aspects:

  • Rooting to the ground.

This physical and energetic grounding that is developed through the practice of Sanchin is later manifested in a stability of movements.. Rooting is a characteristic that has made the UECHI-RYU a superior self-defense system. Power and stability come from the perpendicularity between the axis of our body and the ground..

  • The center of gravity in the Tan Tien

In Sanchin the body must be completely straight, Perfect balance and stability must be maintained in all movements. To achieve optimal stability, the center of gravity must be kept in the lower part of the body., in the area just below the navel.

In Sanchin practice our center of gravity is kept low, we learn to move on our axis, We learn to generate movements from the hips and to remain physically and mentally united to the ground.

  • The breathing

The Sanchin kata consists of mastering the internal ki, and for this not only posture is important, but the way to breathe. You inhale naturally through your nose and expel a minimum amount of air through your closed mouth in a minimum of time.. This keeps the pectoral and abdominal muscles tense and thus protects our organs and viscera..

Sanchin breathing strengthens muscles, the tendons, tissues and bone marrow. Tendons are energy centers that can generate, store and conduct ki and that through Sanchin movements are developed by opening the joints and strengthening them.

Sanchin practice is not done with tension, One of the basic principles in Sanchin practice is learning to relax and keep our mind clear when performing the movements. It is an internal state of calm and power.

In order to check the correct execution of Sanchin, Sensei Paquita tests the practitioners in Sanchin gitae by hitting them on different parts of the body to check their correct execution. When carried out in the middle of nature, certain obstacles that do not exist in the dojo must be overcome, such as the slope of the terrain., the existing stones, the water of the vegetation, the mud, the unevenness of the terrain… It suggests that in the beginnings of karate it was possibly trained in a similar way at some point..

Sanchin It is an authentic gigong exercise during which energy is generated through posture and breathing

EXTRACT

The last session of the afternoon is dedicated to practicing kata naturally outdoors at 1,937m altitude with the sound of a strong wind., after a very light rain to end with snow. Quite an experience.

The different Uechi-ryu katas are practiced in order from least to greatest in the four directions: norte, sure, East and West.

Once done, Each practitioner chooses a kata to work on and investigate by performing the bunkai of the kata to later show it to sensei Paquita awaiting her correction and personal comment..

Each kata has a certain rhythm which we must feel and follow and a certain group of techniques which must be identified and demonstrated when doing the bunkai..

The kata is always executed thinking that a real combat is taking place in which we imagine various rivals we are facing.. Each group of techniques is understood as a continuous moment of combat, after which another begins with the use of different techniques.

When practicing the kata the following aspects must be taken into consideration:

  • Practice as if it were real combat.
  • Understanding the rhythm of the kata.
  • Locate and master the kata technique groups.

With the practice of kata the first day of gassyuku ends.

On the second day you only practice in the morning because there is the way back. How to practice kumite, give kumite and free kumite.

                                                      Paquita Ferrer 5DAN Uechi Ryu Karate Do

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