Karin Prinsloo – Karate Blog

6th Dan Japanese Karate Association – A Instructor B Examiner B Judge – Australia Karate Federation Accredited Coach – AKF State Level Referee

Karin Prinsloo – Dynamic Karate Training – Ladder Drills.

Ladder drills don’t only add an exciting component to a karate class, but help develop vitally important skills for any karate-ka namely agility, foot speed and balance.

Agility is the ability to change the position of the body quickly and with control. This helps karate-ka evade an attack and counter, change angles of attack or defend and counter against multiple assailants.
Balance is the ability to retain the centre of mass above the base of support when stationary (static balance) or moving (dynamic balance).
Any karate-ka will know the importance of agility and balance. How to improve this: 1) Practice kihon, kata and kumite. 2) Try over emphasize agility and balance requirements with high repetition e.g. ladder drills.
Tip: When performing patterns on the ladder, try and simulate karate technique e.g. Arms in the correct fighting position, legs in a fighting stance kamae where possible.
Over and above benefits: Cognitive: Improved concentration, vigilance and memory. Muscular: quicker muscle contraction, joint stability, improved cardio. And lastly, it is FUN. ‪#‎karinprinsloo‬ ‪#‎karate‬ ‪#‎SAJKA‬ ‪#‎ladderdrill‬‪#‎agility‬