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Sen: Seizing the Combative Initiative

In this video we discuss the concept of “sen” and the three timings for seizing the combative initiative. We cover the strengths and limitations of each kind of sen in both consensual fighting and self-protection. We also look at the limitations of the idea when we move from academia to application. The concept of sen is often expressed in subtly different ways across the martial arts. This video is therefore not intended to a definitive and universal guide, but instead to share my personal take on this concept.

All the best,

Iain

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Kanku-Dai / Kosokun / Kushanku Bunkai (“cup and saucer” to angular knife-hands)

A short clip showing bunkai for the “cup and saucer” position to the angular knife-hands of Kanku-Dai / Kosokun-Dai / Kushanku. This clip was taken from a two-day event and obviously does not capture all that came before and after. The video is therefore not a complete explanation of the underlying concepts nor can it explain how such drills fit into the wider training matrix.

All the best,

Iain

PS The YouTube link can be found HERE

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The Greatest Martial Arts Movie of All Time?

My thoughts on the greatest martial arts movie of all time! Discussions so far would suggest I’m out on a limb with my view … BUT please watch the whole video so you know where I’m coming from. Hopefully, you will find my take on things entertaining and interesting even if you disagree.

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Original Kata

In this video we discuss why so many karateka are seeking the original versions of kata. We also discuss the value and practicality of that quest, the evolution of kata over time, and debunk a few common fallacies and misunderstandings along the way.

All the best,

Iain

PS YouTube link HERE

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Saifa Flow Drill and Pad Drill (video)

This video quickly runs through a flow drill and a pad drill for Saifa kata. The purpose of such drills is the time efficient practice of the core methods of the related kata. To fully realise the value of kata we also need to include bunkai based live drills, semi-live drills, many other pad drills, variation drills, etc in our practise. When any drill is isolated from the whole its purpose and value can become obscured. For detailed instruction on these drills, and all related methods, please check out the iain abernethy app.

All the best,

Iain

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Four key differences between martial arts and self-protection

This video is a follow up to “Five things martial artists get wrong about self-defence”. The message of that video was one that seemed to resonate with many. However, I also noticed a number of those expressing enthusiastic support for the video were making the very mistakes the video highlighted!

It seems many remain confused about what self-protection is. It then inevitably follows that they are also confused about the differences between self-protection and martial arts / fighting. In this video I cover four key differences:

• Different Goals

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Five things martial artists get wrong about self-defence

Martial arts instructors are often the worst self-protection instructors. The key reason for this failing is that they are not sure what self-protection actually is and they incorrectly assume it is one and the same as martial arts or fighting. The truth is they are radically different. While there is some crossover, the fact remains that only a very small part of martial arts and fighting has relevance to self-protection and vice versa. Sadly, most martial artists don’t grasp this and as a result teach self-protection very poorly without realising.

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Advisors Not Rulers: Martial Arts and Life

A short video on one way in which the martial arts crossover to everyday life. Martial arts can teach us to be very aware of our bodies and emotions while ensuring they remain advisors and not rulers.

This video was filmed immediately after some cold-water swimming. Don’t be tempted to do this! It can be extremely dangerous if you don’t know what you are doing!

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Gekisaidai Ichi Flow Drill

This video quickly runs through a flow drill for Gekisai Dai Ichi. The purpose of such drills is the time efficient practice of the core methods of the related kata. To full realise the value of kata we also need to include bunkai based live drills, semi-live drills, pad drills, variation drills, etc in our practise. When any drill is isolated from the whole its purpose and value can become obscured. For instruction on this drill, and all related methods, please check out the app.

All the best,

Iain

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Three Ways to Solo Train Throws

In this video we cover three ways you can solo train throws. Obviously, nothing is better than a partner and there is no substitute for live practise. However, on occasions where a partner is not available, we can still work some elements of throwing. This video shows how we can:

1) Practice throwing movements solo with no equipment

2) Practice throwing movements solo with a belt and secure anchor point

3) Practise throwing movement solo with a punch bag and a belt

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