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Several of my joints complain daily. And I'm going through a phase of doubting the value of my practice. But I don't want to just stop. I'm thinking I might switch to tai chi for a while. Not the martial aspect, more the movement and meditation aspect. Just to stay fluid while I figure out what's going on in my head. Thoughts please?
This week, we took a break from stricter kata application drills to look at a drill we posted on Instagram a while back, which uses methods from various kata to work deflection, limb control, and tuidi in one quick burst, in such a way that it reduces the opponent's opportunities for success. It's an easy drill to modify and explore, which is always fun.
In our club we use pressure and frustration exercise shown to me by police intsructor from Poland.
This exercises is designed to raise the level of frustration and adrenaline. Rules are that defender stands with closed eyes, and cannot respond to attacker till the third person gives him/her sign. This exercises is very frustrating due to inability to deal with attacks and also not knowing for how long we have to wait.
This week's Waza Wednesday takes a look at the headlock which, as we see it, has three primary threats involved--punches, chokes, and throws. We have several different techniques we work in dealing with headlocks, so this is just one of them, but they all have to address those three threats. This one, because it includes a takedown, also covers the need for quick extrication should you be dragged down with the opponent.
The scorpion kick is a generally flashy kick, only usable by the most flexible and athletic martial artists, but it can be employed in a more practical manner. As with other kicks in the old-style Okinawan karate arsenal, if you want to kick someone in the head, you should put their head in a place that's easier to kick ;)
Was waxing nostalgic and pulled up an old Bill Superfoot Wallace fight. We all know Superfoot was a fantastic kicker who could throw multiple head kicks without putting down his leg. While watching this fight I was surprised to see how much "dirty" boxing was involved between two renowned kickers. The techniques weren't super clean, a lot of clinching and close in fighting, negating a lot of the kicks and Wallace even talks about how his opponent changed stances and that negated some of his kicking.