Combinations are a set sequence of moves which make up part of the basic stance (Zenkutau Dachi) line work used during training and gradings (5th Kyu onwards).
Most basic stance line work involves only 1 or 2 moves (e.g. Front Punch or Inner Block, Reverse Punch) by contrast combinations contain between 5 and 9 moves. Although all combinations start and finish in basic stance some also include techniques in other stances such as back stance (No Kokutsu Dachi), sumo stance (Shiko Dachi) and cat stance (Neko Ashi).
As combinations demand that students string together techniques and move from one stance to another they help work on balance and coordination as well as form. Combinations can be thought of as a short Kata performed in a single direction (always moving forwards) and they are a good warm-up for further Kata practice.
There are 4 combinations in Stour Karate’s syllabus.
- Combination Number 1 - 5 moves including basic blocks and punches all from basic stance. Practice stringing together basic techniques.
- Combination Number 2 - 5 moves including basic blocks, punches and spear-hand strikes from back, basic, cat and sumo stances. Practice moving between 4 of the basic stances.
- Combination Number 3 - 7 moves mostly performed on the spot from basic stance. Practice performing more than 1 technique with the same arm.
- Combination Number 4 - 9 moves including open hand blocks and spear-hand strikes using back, basic, cat and sumo stance. Practice changing stance on the spot and turning 360o.