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Basic Impact Drill (video)

Here is a clip of a basic impact drill. The key aim is to get the hip motion right in order to generate maximum power and flow. The hip should always be slightly ahead of the hand so we generate torque through the torso, which will “fire” the hands into the target, and will also ensure that the bodyweight transfer is maximised. The end of one strike should also be overlapped with the beginning of the next to again facilitate correct hip motion, ensure good transitions and hence a “higher rate of fire”.

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Niseishi / Nijushiho Bunkai Drill (video)

Here is a quick clip taken at yesterday’s seminar in Edinburgh. This is a drill from Niseishi / Nijushiho mapping out options from a double collar grab. Although the methods are presented in a single drill that follows the kata sequence, it should be understood that there is no need to stick to the drill in application as the order can be varied and other methods added in.

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A couple of fighting takedowns (video)

As promised here is another video taken at the class a few days ago. In this one I show a couple of related takedowns. I would class these takedowns as “fighting techniques” as opposed to self-defence methods because they deliberately take you and your partner to the ground and hence leave you in a very vulnerable position if anyone else should choose to get involved. That said, such methods are great fun to practise and important as part of an overall martial education I feel.

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Basic "knife hand block" application drills (video)

Please find below video of some basic shuto-uke drills! As some of you know I recently invested in a pocket video camera. The idea is to keep it in the kit bag and use it to film class, seminar and training footage that I think you may find interesting. The aim is to bring you one such clip a week so that they build up into a useful resource.

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