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Christian Wedewardt Heian Bunkai into Joint-Lock Flow

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The Training Matrix ... Again!

We need a higher standard of debate in the martial arts. We really do. Over the last few weeks I’ve seen numerous examples of poor quality, ego-fuelled “debates” where logic and objectivity (and good manners and integrity) are thrown to one side. To my mind, if people understand “The Martial Map” and “The Training Matrix” then they can see just how irrelevant 99% of martial internet debates are. In this video I want to return to “The Training Matrix” specifically, as that seems most relevant to the examples that prompted me to make this video.

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Some Karate Gripping (video)

This is footage from a recent dojo session where we were working on gripping. The clip starts well into the session and does not cover the methods we were drilling up to this point. I also make reference to the bunkai of Naihanchi (Tekki) and Seishan (Hangetsu) which the higher grades had also been working on earlier that day. This “snapshot” video is therefore incomplete and should not be seen as being instructional in nature.

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The Karate Precepts of Anko Itosu

In this video I discuss a few of Itosu’s 10 Precepts and the impact they should have on karate today. This vitally important document was written in 1908 by one of the most influential karate masters there has ever been.

Itosu tells us karate does NOT have a religious foundation; that karate is for non-consensual violence; that we should not only train for “self”-defence, but also train to protect loved ones; that we should practise karate as individuals; and more!

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Karate Joint-Lock Takedown: Kushanku / Kanku-Dai / Kosokun Bunkai

This video looks at bunkai for a sequence from Kushanku / Kanku-Dai / Kosokun. The kata is a record of the combative techniques and concepts formulated by a Chinese martial artist who went by the name of Kushanku. Kushanku can also be pronounced “Kosokun”, and the kata was renamed as “Kanku-Dai” in Shotokan karate.

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Thoughts on Telegraphing Strikes

In this video I discuss the idea of “telegraphing” as it relates to both fighting (consensual violence) and self-defence (non-consensual violence). As we have discussed in other recent videos, most martial artists fail to differentiate between the two and falsely assume that what is of great importance in one context must be of equal importance in the other.

Telegraphing is when we provide a recognisable cue to an opponent which enables them to react and negate the technique. Telegraphing being a problem is therefore predicated on two key points:

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Guards in Self-Defence

In this video we talk about holding the hands in a guard for self-defence. If you are short on time, let me summarise the video:

Having the hands held in a tight guard is not a smart thing to do in self-defence!

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Lower Block Takedown (video)

This short video was filmed at a recent dojo session. At this session we were working the lead hand hook, and various ways of negating the enemy’s possible reactions to that strike. While discussing ways to strip a flinch / cower, we looked at how we could use “lower block” (gedan barai) to create an opening and then use the same action to take the enemy to the floor. These bits of footage were filmed during that part of the class. The video is not a compete summation of all we covered, and it is not intended to be instructional in nature. I nevertheless hope you find it interesting.

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The Truth of Getting in Shape! (video)

In this video I talk about what is truly needed to get into good shape, as well as challenging some of the myths and deceptions widely peddled by some “fitness industry” snake oil merchants. I think you’ll be amazed at how quickly such a transformation can occur when you know what you are doing :-)

All the best,


PS The YouTube link can be found HERE

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Heel Up or Heel Down (video)

In this video I address the well-worn topic of whether it is better to have the heel up or down when punching. Cards on the table, I can see good tactical reasons for both methods. Heel down gives greater stability when needed. Heel up allows greater rotation and hence generates more power.

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