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Clinch basics 3

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Clinch basics 2

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Clinch basics

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Mark B's picture

More Ji hands

Hi all. This template describes a defence against an attempted headbutt, applying the conceptual principles of a selection of the six Ji Hands of the Bubishi. This clip works on the assumption that as both hands are committed to defending the face if delivering a percussive option is momentarily unavailable, hence the decision to seize at an anatomically vulnerable target. The clip teaches many fundamental elements which I practice & teach for these type of stimuli, using some proper resistance on occasions.

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Tai Chi

It looks like I am going to have a guy coming in and teaching Tai Chi twice a week in my school. He specifically works with the elderly but said that I would be welcomed to participate. I have no experience with the softer side of martial arts. Sensei Abernethy often talks about Karate as a life long pursuit and the necessity to modify your practice if you wish to keep training at an advanced age. One day I know I'll be there and want to use this as a opprotunity to broaden my horizions a bit and get a feel for what my training will have to become when I am 65+.

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Heel down or up Oi Zulu-Gyaku zuki

While teaching kids/underbelts “traditional” shotokan, I noticed I am a super stickler about keeping their heel down when moving in zen kutsu dachi. But in practical application I really lift my heel especially in doing gyaku Zulu reverse punch similar to right cross in boxing. My first instructor explained keeping heel down was keeping connection w the ground helps to generate more power. While trying to hit mitts/heavy bag had a difficult time trying to hit w power and keeping heel down. Is this just practitioner error on my part, or is this mainly a stylistic preference thing?

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Application of six Ji hands

Iron bone hand, iron sand palm and iron sword hand for this scenario. This is seminar footage. I spent the first part of the seminar teaching the proper execution of the transference of energy for each of the six Ji Hands, which the group then practiced (painfully) on their partner, the clip shown here relates to the info and practical exercises the group practiced prior to the study of application scenarios.

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Choki Motobu quote

A few days ago in conversation I mentioned a Choki Motobu quote however I couuldn't remember the exact wording or where I had in fact read it. Putting "Motobu fist instead of elbow" into google directed me with frightening accuracy to page 36 of Chris Denwoods book on Naihanchi where he is discussing the elbow strike in the kata. The quote is apparently taken from Motobu's 1932 book Watashi No Karate-Jutsu:

"In practical application, one should not impact with the left elbow but use the clenched fist instead" He goes on to say:

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Troy Price and continuous (counter)attacking

While browsing Youtube, I encountered videos about this guy named Troy Price. His way of showing things was fascinating to me, maybe because I have not seen anything like he shows before. Many elements are familiar, but the way he just keeps just hitting and hitting and hitting continuously in such a flowing manner is different from maybe a more rigid karate standard that I am used to.

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Kata / Hyung for Firearms

At a recent seminar, we discussed the possibility of kata or hyung for firearms.  The John Wick films are a wonderful example of Gun Fu, but the question was whether a kata or hyung could be developed for this type of modern weaponry. 

After thinking about this, it seems to me that the art closest to my firearms training would be Iado; drawing the sword and making a cut, then returning the sword.  I am sure that all reading this are familiar with the concept, so I picked a lovely example to illustrate.

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