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Seeking a picture of Funakoshi

Hello all, I know I've seen this picture but can't find it.  It's a picture of a youngish Gichin Funakoshi chambering a knifehand strike in an old style, with both hands facing the camera behind his shoulder and about shoulder-height.  You would use it if you had just thrown an opponent's punch past you and were preparing to strike back.  If anyone can point me to it I'd be grateful.  I've been researching various flavors of knifehand-chamber across different styles.

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Rhidian's picture

Should I buy the pinan yon /go drills or the naihanchi drills download/dvd?

Hey folks, I have bought the bunkai and drills downloads for the first set of pinan katas. I am a bit tight on money but would like to buy the Naihanchi kata (in fact I want to buy everything ha), as it appears an awesome fighting system to learn and as Mabuni I think said the only kata he taught. Or is it more worth my time getting the final pinan katas? Anyone who has both got any thoughts? Cheers Rhid.

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Any known clubs in South Wales that focus on Iain's methods?

Any known clubs in South Wales, Bridgend to Cardiff area that teaches Iain's methods? Cheers Rhid.

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Pinan dvd help

Hey folks, what does the bunkai jujutsu vol 1 (green cover) offer that the pinan series complete fighting system doesn't(black cover) ? Is it worth getting both? Cheers Rhid

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Anf's picture

Suspected chronic tendon injury

Hi all,

For over a year now, I've been bothered by a niggle that can range from mild discomfort to significant pain.

This is on the bottom of my foot, under my big toe joint.

I've been to see a doctor and a podiatrist about it, but because I have arthritis in the other big toe joint, caused by accidental injury, they've always been only interested in the arthritic one, largely ignoring the other one. The irony being, the one that is not arthritic is often more painful than the one that is.

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What's this kick?

Hi all. I've seen a kind of kick thing in various videos, some based on kung fu but more capoeira. I'd love to learn it, just for larking on, but without knowing what it's called I can't really research it, so all I have to go on is brief sub 1 second bursts of full speed technique. I'm hoping if I can describe it well enough, someone might know it, and be able to point me in the right direction. The kick simultaneously uses both legs. The person executing the technique is either on the ground, for example having been knocked down, or close to, have sort of ran and slid in.

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Training Motivation and confidence loss

I've stopped training and I'm debating if I should ever go back. 

I started Karate after finding myself in a few situations where self defence and confidence would have been useful. Now, I've made it to black belt yet still feel that if confronted in a situation that could end with me getting hurt, I'd do nothing and end up on the floor.

In other words, I still have no confidence in my abilities, especially when physically applying my techniques. I even get nervous during bunkai.  

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Balance between conditioning and common sense

Hi all.

I've been trying to find some science about repeated impacts to the face and head, and the long term implications of such.

There's a fair bit about boxing, and American football comes up a lot too. I get that. There's two examples of sports where very substantial wallops to the head are fairly routine.

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Real history books

Hi all.

I've come to realise that over the years, I've read all the wrong books. I've reached the conclusion that everything I thought I knew about the history and politics of martial arts is in fact a big pile of the stuff that makes the roses grow.

Which kind of brings me to a question. Can anyone recommend any decent books that give a more truthful version of history, or that at least debunks some of the more well established myths?

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Is this normal?

My life long enthusiasm for martial arts has been severely compromised lately.

I trained years ago as a kid and then as a teenager, but left it alone for years, returning in my late 30s.

I've tried a number (not a large number) of different styles at different clubs over the years.

Apart from the martial art itself, the main attraction was and is the sense of continual self improvement, the sense of extended family etc.

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