Training Methods

Being in great physical and mental condition is a must for all martial artists. This forum is all about conditioning and developing high
levels of mental and physical fitness. The purpose of this forum is to help us all improve our training methods.

Ryan Danks's picture

Conditioning for Kata Competition

I've recently been introduced to kata competition. Before now, I've only been into learning kata's applications. However, I'm finding a love for the art of it, and the solo competitive videos on YouTube have been excellent.

One such competitor who has exceptional technique is Rika Usami. (Sorry, can't figure out how to post a video directly.)

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dhogsette's picture

Solo Bunkai Impact Training--Shuto Uke Combination in Kata Ananku

Here is another solo impact training exercise for a possible bunkai application for the shuto uke combination in kata Ananku. I hope you enjoy it and that it helps you in your own solo training routines.

Best,

David 

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dhogsette's picture

Solo Bunkai Impact Training--Opening Moves to Pinan Shodan

I was fortunate enough to attend Iain Sensei's Texas seminar, where he taught us a drill for clearing limbs, making use of the opening sequence of Pinan Shodan/Heian Nidan. I'm sure this drill is familiar to many on this forum. Given my current training situation, I decided to adapt this drill to solo training. I tie a belt to a heavy bag to simulate the limb that needs to be moved out of the way before punching to the jaw/head. I added this to my training routine this past Friday, and it works great for me. I hope you enjoy and that it helps you with your own solo training routines. 

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dhogsette's picture

Bunkai Impact Training--Fukyugata Ichi "High Block" Sequence

The karate muses hit me in the head today, and I came up with this solo training drill. We can use impact training to practice kata bunkai applications at full speed and power. In this video I demonstrate how to use your belt tied to a heavy bag to simulate an attacker’s arm that has grabbed your lapel. (Iain Sensei gave me the idea of using your belt this way in training.) I apply the high block sequence in Fukyugata Ichi to a lapel grab defense and counter.

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dhogsette's picture

Bunkai Impact Training--Fukyugata Ni Combo

I continue playing around with practicing some bunkai combinations from kata on the heavy bag. In this video, I'm working a combination from Fukyugata Ni, the second basic kata in Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu (this form was borrowed from Gojo Ryu). I'm working the "chest block," front kick, upper-cut elbow, "low block," reverse punch, shuto strike combination. There are many ways to interpret these movements, and I describe a few that work well on a heavy bag. Enjoy!

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Iain Abernethy's picture

The myth of instant skill and what causes it?

I’ve a question for you all:

When can we say legitimately we have “done” a technique?

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dhogsette's picture

Gear for Kata-based Sparring

Hello all,

I'll be starting my students (all beginners) on basic sparring and kata-based sparring in the new year. Any recommendations on gear? I like the Tiger Claw gloves because they allow for grabbing, grappling, and throws, but I find the threading around the finger holes to be poor quality and break easily when grappling. I'm thinking about going to MMA style gloves, but I'm not sure if they provide enough padding to protect the training partner. Recommendations for hand and feet/shin gear would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks so much!

David

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dhogsette's picture

Seeking Advice on Pressure Testing Techniques

Hello all,

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Bunkai Impact Training--Naihanchi Shodan Opening Moves

I really like how Iain explains and develops a possible application for the opening sequence of Naihanchi Shodan (Tekki), and you can train it fairly well on a heavy bag. Some great strikes in there, and the combination flows nicely. Here's a video demonstrating solo training that combination on a heavy bag. Forgive the verbal explanation of the bunkai application (I made this before Iain suggested trying to demo the bunkai application with a partner instead of describing it--great suggestion!). However, I think most of you will be familiar with Iain's bunkai for this.

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dhogsette's picture

Solo Training--Side Kicks and Simulated Throws

Due to my current situation, I have to do a great deal of solo training. I'm having a lot of fun developing different drills and exercises to enhance my solo practice. Here, I'm using the heavy bag to practice using the side kick in a clinch scenario to kick out the opponent's leg, setting him up for either a hip toss or a winding throw. Enjoy!

Best,

David

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