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Iain Abernethy's picture

Introduce Yourself!

Welcome to members new and old! Please post a few lines to introduce yourself to all other members!

It would be great if people would make their first post their introduction. It’s only polite, after all :-)

All the best,

Iain

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Drew Loto's picture

Karate in Pittsburgh?

I have often found that topics like these are made in vain, but I recently moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and I'm looking to find a place to train.  I have found a group or two that might be a good fit for me, but I was wondering if anyone knows of any karate schools that meet this community's exacting standards for excellence?  If anyone knows of any such schools in the area, I'd love to be pointed in their direction.  Thanks!

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What have we learnt from Iain?

Hi, I would like to use this thread to add all the things we've learnt regarding kata bunkai from reading Iain's books, articles, newsletters, watching videos etc. I'll start off with a few: 1. The 'inactive' hand does one of the two things: a) it moves the opponents limbs out of the way, or b) it tells you where the opponent is. 2. Angles are important, that is when kata shows a movement at an angle it means that you have to move to that angle in order to avoid being hit and/or be in a better position compared to the attacker.
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diadicic's picture

Rear Naked Choke

I liked this so I thought I would post.   Basic and simple.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2eu27YOzT0

 

 

Dom

 

 

 

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Iain Abernethy's picture

Grappling in Goju-Ryu

In this extract from his book, “The History of Karate: Okinawan Goju” (May 1996), Morio Hiagonna tells us the tale of a meeting in the 1930s where Jigoro Kano (founder of Judo) and Chojun Miyagi (founder of Goju-Ryu karate) discussed grappling and groundwork in karate:

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Iain Abernethy's picture

Very funny force field fail (video)

 Words fail me! I’m ashamed to admit that I has a coffee spitting laughing fit when the woman’s “force field” failed. Does that make me a bad person? :-)

All the best,

Iain

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Los Angeles Police Department Training film (1948)

A rare film from 1948 from the Los Angeles Police Department showing “Self-Defence and Disarmament”:

“The recruit should learn a few holds well, practice them often, and avoid the dangerous and spectacular”

All the best,

Iain

Los Angeles Police Department: Self-Defence and Disarmament (1948)

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Iain Abernethy's picture

US Navy Hand to Hand Combat 1942 (video)

A US Navy Hand to Hand Combat training video from 1942 in three parts:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

All the best,

Iain

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diadicic's picture

Bored to death of Kata performance.

Why have I always struggled with kata performance. Since the beginning of my practice 27 years ago.

I like drilling and fighting with the concepts.

The way we do preform solo kata does give a me a workout. I am just so board of doing it.  Is there any thing I can do to make it better for me?  Mental trickery.  Their has to be something else.

Thanks

Dom

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Sword arts

A while ago there was a thread on sword arts. They were some good examples but the the teachniques seemed to be based on a block counter format. I recently saw a document called "reclaiming the sword" which featured sword enthusiasts and their fighting methods. A very interesting take on what tradional swords arts with techniques taken from tradional manuals.

im afraid I can post a link because I live in China. But it is well woth a look 

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