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Wastelander's picture

Kama Technique

Today's Waza Wednesday video takes a look at a fighting technique with the kama--either single, or in a pair. Obviously, most people don't carry around kama, these days, but it's fun to look at the traditional weapons of Okinawa and experiment with their use. Technically, this could also be done with a hammer, hatchet, socket wrench, crowbar, or tire iron, which are more likely to be available these days.

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Iain Abernethy's picture

Funakoshis Nine Throws (and Nodo-Osae)

Hi All,

Here is a video of my friend Craig showing his take on Funakoshi’s Nine Throws (and Nodo-Osae) as part of the demonstration he was required to do for this 3rd dan grading with the Shindo Karate Association. Craig kindly let me post it here:

Enjoy!

All the best,

Iain

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Kote-Gaeshi Reversal Drill

Hello everyone,

This week's Waza Wednesday looks at a flow drill for escaping kote-gaeshi (wrist reversal), and countering with waki-gatame (armpit hold), before transitioning to kote-gaeshi to continue the drill. As with most flow drills, this drill can be used as a platform drill, from which to launch into other techniques.

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Kote Kitae Drills

Today's Waza Wednesday video features a very popular arm conditioning drill, and an alternative that introduces footwork into the drill.

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Armlock Flow Drill

This week's Waza Wednesday video covers an armlock flow drill that we teach to help students learn to transition from one technique to another as the opponent resists. It starts with an armbar, then transitions to a shoulder lock, then to a straight-arm lock, and finally a throw. All of these techniques come straight from kata. Strikes can be added, and other techniques can be included, as well.

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Why is the Do suffix still used by practical minded karate practioners?

This is something I really don't understand. To my understanding from reading Karate-do Kyohan, and various books on Zen, Do or Dao has religious conatations. The Do marking the distinctions between inner development (Do) and practical technique (jutsu).

To me, it's like an atheist carrying around a bottle of holy water.

Any thoughts?

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How extended is your arm when you punch?

Hi all, A technical question for you all today : when you hit things, how extended does your arm tend to be at the moment of impact ? Or in other words, how extended should your arm be when you make contact, in order to deliver the strike with optimum power? In bare-knuckle drills etc. I find that things tend to take care of themselves on this front. However, as soon as gloves are involved or I am working a heavy bag or equivalent, I find myself having to consciously question this point as it never quite feels right, so thought I would ask. Thank you! Alex

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Study finds no evidence for martial arts promoting self-esteem, self-confidence, etc in children

I’ve not seen this previously, but here is a link to a 2009 study on “Martial arts as a mental health intervention for children.”

http://www.capmh.com/content/pdf/1753-2000-3-32.pdf

I’ve copied the summary below and drew out some parts I found important.

The conclusion is that, on average, there is no evidence to support the idea that martial arts practise will promote mental health outcomes such as self-esteem, self-confidence, concentration, and self-discipline in children.

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Armbar and Counter Drill

This week's video takes a quick look at a drill we do to work standing armbars, escaping standing armbars, and countering them with standing armbars. It is a very simple lock flow drill, which can be used as a platform drill to launch a variety of other techniques, and it can also be used to connect to other platform drills. It doesn't really matter how you initiate the drill--you can either just grab someone and put them in a standing armbar, or you can have them punch, grab, or push.

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Block-Scoop-Check Drill

This week's video is, like last week's, a very popular karate drill that also functions as a platform drill. The formal version is often used as kote kitae (forearm forging), but it's really quite versatile if you look at it a bit more openly.

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