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This article is for martial artists who are interested in cross training (or just beginning to cross train) and want guidance on how to balance their priorities. It may also be useful for bunkai-focused traditional karateka who study many different kata.
I know that the idea that Okinawan martial arts were influenced by Siamese/Thai martial arts is not really news to many people, but some may still not be aware--the Chinese connection is more popular and well-publicized, after all. Additionally, it can be interesting just to compare some examples, so my latest article does exactly that.
The archetypical “traditional” karate class, where students become skilled at air-punching, tag and defending against straight punches that begin further away from the moon, does little to prepare its participants with solutions to deal with non-consensual violence.
I just published my latest article, which specifically looks at joint lock practicality. In it, I cover a bit of history and context, the three types of locks (as I see them), the four methods of applying locks (again, as I see them), and how to transition from compliant drills to practical, applicable skills.
Hikite is the Japanese term for “pulling hand”. Hiki meaning pull and te meaning hand. Due to the way in which Karate has evolved, the meaning and use of hikite have changed over time and the practical application to hikite has, all things considered, fallen by the wayside.