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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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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Money and the Martial Arts

Hi all,

First substantive post, here goes!

So I was listening to Iain's podcast on "Money and the Martial Arts" the other day, and there was a point that particularly interested me.  He acknowledged that the pursuit of profit through martial arts instruction *can* create an incentive to water the training quality down.  I believe I've experienced this first hand, and I feel very strongly about it.

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1912 JuJutsu Footage

An interesting watch!

“This fascinating piece of newsreel film was probably shot in Paris during 1912. The first section shows Takisaburo Tobari demonstrating a formal series of jiujitsu waza (techniques), partnered by Taro Miyake. There follows a spectacular display of jiujitsu as gentlemanly self defence against Parisian street gangsters.”

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The Rise of Martial Arts in Britain (BBC video)

For those who missed it when it aired on British TV, here is a good documentary from the BBC on the history of martial arts in Britain. Well worth watching!

All the best,

Iain

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Roots of Karate (Interesting Kung Fu Video)

Although i havn't watched it all yet, I thought fellow members may find this video interesting. It shows two practitioners of Karate looking at the Chinese influence on the art.  I find the similarities in the form "Sanzhan" in the White Crane system with Sanchin in Karate very interesting. Enjoy!

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Difference between Goshin and Jissen

Can anyone enlighten me?

"Goshin" is taken to mean self defence. In my experience, arts labelling themself as Goshin tend to be at the harder end of the spectrum. They claim to be solely focussed on effective as opposed to aesthetic or sport technique.

"Jissen" also refers to pragmatism or holistic effective combat methods.

So what, if anything, is the difference?

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Kyuzo Mifune 10th Dan - The Essence of Judo (video)

An old film showing Kyuzo Mifune 10th dan (1883 – 1965) demonstrating Judo techniques, kata, randori, and counters:

Background of Kyuzo Mifune from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyuzo_Mifune

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What are the fundamentals of karate?

I think this should be an easy question, but I'm not sure many people have a ready answer.

If someone asked me what the fundamentals of marksmanship are, I could reply without hesitation "breath control, trigger control, sight alignment and sight picture." These fundamentals, for the most part, apply to many projectile weapons, and they apply whether an enemy is five meters away or five hundred meters.

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The difference in regular instructors versus occasional instructors

I have some regular people that I train with, and I also travel around to train with different people where possible. Over the years I've notched up quite a few big names and senior grades where I've trained with them for a few classes, or for an hour at a big weekend event. I've also taught, so I know a little bit about that side of things. I find that there is a wide range in what people teach when you only train with them a few times. 

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BB Gun pellet cut in half with Samurai Sword (video)

An impressive bit of film showing Isao Machii cut a pellet from a BB gun (200mph) in half with a Samurai Sword on the draw. Even if the person firing is a suburb shot and can put the pellet in a certain area, this is still hugely impressive! It also got me reminiscing about my years studying Iai-Do :-)

All the best,

Iain

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