In 2020 the Olympics are to be held in Japan for the first time and karate is to be included in these games, excuse me if this topic has already been discussed but I thought it had the potential to spark some interesting debate and posts.
The Olympic committee have decided to have karate in the Budo kan situated in the center of Japan, this event apparently is a probationary one that if successful will lead to it being included in future games and then one day it may become part of the main Olympics.
I have been reading Otsuka’s Wado Ryu Karate book which contains the authors thoughts regarding the role of Karate in society and how it could bering about Peace and Harmony. I am wondering if this was the crux of the “philosophical differences” that Otsuka had with Funakoshi?
Reading between the lines you could take it this way, but there is nothing direct in the book and I haven’t yet seen anything that states what the differences were from Funakoshi’s side, so just wondering if anyone knows?
Realising that despite my martial arts training, my general fitness has plateaued. I plan to add some running into the mix. But I know I can't run for very long in one go, and I now know all about over training and the need to pace ones self.
To that end, I'm thinking of starting the C25K program. For the benefit of anyone that might not have heard of it, it's basically an app on your phone that guides you when to walk and when to run, gradually building up over a few weeks.
For those that teach children, do you teach them joint locking? Why / why not?
1. I make the assumption that despite my best instruction there will always be one student who will try out what I teach in the playground / on their siblings / on the family dog. My junior syllabus is based around gross motor skills and escaping
OK a bit of a grand title. The actual question maybe far simpler. For those of you who have taken an interest in applied kata and may be teaching such application, how did your instructors take it? I ask because in the modern age more value is placed upon being able to perform kata in an exact manner and leaving it at that, rather than performing your own investigation and putting your own ideas into the kata (the application rather than the solo practice) Also I believe that many teachers still promote the mainstream applications, low block, high block, punch.
QUESTIONS?: Time for the usual extra-large end of year podcast! As you know, in this one I do my best to answer your questions. Please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org (or post them below) and I’ll be sure to include as many as possible! I start recording this Sunday!