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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Archery - Function dictates form

This video has been making the rounds on facebook recently.  I thought those on this site would appreciate the similarities with Mr. Andersen's work on restoring the combative nature of archery (and I love the term "war archer") and the changes in the form of modern archery to follow the function of hitting a stationary target (or looking good in movies).

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An Interesting Essay on The Japanization of Karate

This article came out in the Journal of Contemporary Anthropology back in 2012, and someone shared it with me, today. It's a long read, and nothing terribly surprising, but it's interesting nonetheless, and I thought some folks here might like to read it:

http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1038&context=jca

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Archeology of martial arts

It occurs to me that largely what karate practitioners are doing with bunkai is a form of archeology. Digging up useful techniques from the past. While it's intellectually interesting and somewhat rewarding I'm not sure it's a great way of recording, learning, teaching and ultimately training martial arts and self defence.

In Europe, 600+ years ago, they did not encode martial arts techniques into forms or kata (yes, Europe had martial arts 500 years ago) they wrote them down and illustrated them. Much as we would today but without cameras.

Here is the result:

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Zen and the martial arts (why it is BS)

Here is a link to a very interesting podcast from the BBC on Zen. I’m a regular listener to “In our time” and this one will be of interest to martial artists. The later part of the podcast touches on Zen and the martial arts, and is clear that it is a connection that was invented relatively recently i.e. there was NO historic connection between the martial arts and Zen.

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Kicking in Ancient Pankration

Came across this article that i thought was quite intersting.  My understanding is that kicking started to become more prominent in karate with "sport" karate and such.  However this article explains that kicking had a somewhat prominent place in the ancient art of pankration, which ws used in the original Olympic games.  Itd be interesting to see what kind of kicks were used, im guessing mainly front kicks.

http://www.fightingarts.com/reading/article.php?id=164

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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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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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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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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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