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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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Mr Bean does martial arts (funny videos)

I’ve just became aware of these new Mr Bean martial arts spoofs! I like them :-)

All the best,

Iain

 

 

 

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Ebigatama: A ground fighting technique that Funakoshi wanted you to know!

As many of you will know, in his book “Karate-Do: My Way of Life”, Gichin Funakoshi talked about Tegumi (Okinawan Wrestling) and its link with karate.

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Footwork Drill to Create Angles (video)

A good drill on sidestepping to gain angles when fighting (a fighting “kata” if you will :-). Boxing footwork has had a huge influence on modern karate, and with good reason. The traditional methods of the kata are perfect for close-range civilian self-protection, but if we also wish to include a fighting component to what we do then we need to have the footwork skills for closing distance and negotiating a back and forth extended exchange. Personally footwork is one of those skills that I love to train because my body likes the “feel” of it.

All the best,

Iain

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Rika Usami & Dominos

I share this for two reasons, a) it's just damn cool :-)

And b) I was wondering what kata this is if anyone can help?  I am intrugied by the purpose of the three forward steps at 41 sec mark of the below video,

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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. 3.

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Rear Naked Choke

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

Dom

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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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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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