Martial Arts

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A forum covering all things martial for all martial artists. Regardless of your chosen style, or whether you&rsquo;re a practitioner of a modern or classical system, in this forum we can all swap ideas and knowledge and help each other along our chosen paths.</p>

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Bill Wallace teaching wrestling takedowns (video)

Primarily known for his unparalleled kicking ability, here Bill Wallace teaches wrestling takedowns. Some very cool stuff here which is clearly explained. I like Bill Wallace’s teaching style and he was one of my idols when I was in my teens. His stretching and kicking books were among my favourites at that time.

All the best,

Iain

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Drew Loto's picture

Where do you look?

When confronting a villain or ruffian (or sparring with a fellow practioner) where do you look?  In my experience, Japanese martial arts tend to encourage students to look their opponents dead in the eyes.  I was once told that the reason for this is that an untrained attacker will often look at a target before executing the corresponding attack.  Indeed, it did work to some degree.  When playing tag with some of the lower ranking students, I was often able to anticipate the next move based on where I recognized their attention being.

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Iain Abernethy's picture

Top 5 fighting mistakes (video)

An interesting video on the Top 5 Boxing Mistakes; which probably apply to most martial arts (fighting aspect) too!

1) Use your whole body

2) Use your eyes

3) Training too fast

4) Don’t force the fight: feel the fight

5) Focus on the jab

While the last one is boxing specific, it could easily be amended to “focus on the core techniques”. I feel we'd all agree on that.

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Iain Abernethy's picture

Interesting Groundwork Video

Some interesting ground-work techniques for dojo fighting and sport. The video is in French, but is very easy to follow for those (like me) who do not speak French.

All the best,

Iain

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Datum Setting in Boxing, According to QI

This weekend's QI podcast, No Such Thing as a Fish had this to say about boxing:

"In the 18th century most boxers had long hair but they stopped that after referees made it legal to hold your opponent's hair with one hand and hit them with the other."

Sounds a lot like datum setting / propriceptive striking to me. Also entirely consistent with kata application and indeed modern violence.

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questions on why kata was created

1) If a kata is just a grouping of selected self-defense techniques used to highlight a specific concept why does that kata have to flow or have a rhythm?  

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Tau's picture

Juji Gatame

Iain teaches this as a standalone technique and also as part of Empi bunkai. We covered it this past weekend and I received an e-mail thanking me for my help in understanding this technique. So I thought to create a video for others to benefit from:

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The Use of Japanese in an English Dojo

I'm hoping this will promote a little discussion. It is my opinion on the use of Japanese in an English dojo. Do we need it at all? Can it be overused?

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Training attacks

Hi there

This is an issue that I hope i can explain properly but it came up when I was planning a drill to do with my guys.

Most martial arts are really good at defending its own attacks, TKD can deal with kicks and judo players can neutralise throws. However swap those two over and holes start to apear. This is not news to anyone, but how does this affect us when we are develoing drills?

as an exampe.....

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Iain's Ikken Hissatsu video

After watching this video I was intruiged by the hand position during the punch.  It is not something that you see very often and it's not a particulalry natural position was wondering what the thinking was behind it?

Normally you see strikes witht he front of the fist like a boxer, but that isn't possible at this distance, so does it just come down to the distance the punch is thrown from, or are there other factors?

Any thoughts are weclomed, thanks.

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