Van’s Torture Chamber Night captures 2-1/2-3 hours per session, and for the most part is a kata-driven class. Not a kata class in the usual sense because Van’s focus is on strength and the delivery of that strength using speed, fighting and self-defense, and nothing else.
Van started by working us into body compression then shifted into having us flap our wings. Right away it became apparent that the crane movements were NOT weak and the tiger should not steal all the strength. Outsiders would have found us interesting when we practiced snapping the elbows up then down into our ribcages (ouch) from a closed-fist Sanchin position as we slid-stepped forward – an exercise for fast-twitch muscles. Insiders would have taught me an extra karate lesson if I would have succeeded in making that famous masculine noise one does when he cups his palm up against the opposite armpit, raises the elbow up high, then as fast as humanly possible whips the elbow down against the ribcage to make the sound. Was just checking out the technique with that one, Van, because the way (speed, power, angle) to move the arm is identical. But to get the results you sought, the shoulders must also be pulled squarely down, ribs must compress, tiger-toes, and in-general maintain good Sanchin posture.
Uechi-ryu is a kata-driven system and its strength is contained in its kata. To extract that strength you must train the lightning and the thunder together.
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[This message has been edited by Allen M. (edited 06-10-99).]