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Conversations on Karate with Iain Abernethy

This podcast is a conversation I had with Sue and Greg of the “Conversations on Karate” podcast. It was a great conversation where we covered a wide range of martial arts topics!

Topics covered include: Consent in training; the two kinds of discipline (one positive; one negative); kata-based-sparring; creating new combative habits; protecting others; martial arts vs. self-protection; the inherent values of various facets of the martial arts; bad bunkai; the rise of practical karate; the “sunk cost fallacy” of X-step sparring; controlled vs. heavy contact sparring; and a lot more besides!

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Iain and Wim: Thoughts on Teaching

The crossover podcasts with Wim Demeere and myself are always popular! In this one Wim and I discuss teaching; with a specific emphasis on one-on-one coaching and seminar teaching. Wim does a great deal of one-on-one coaching; whereas I do very little. Conversely, I do lots of seminar teaching; whereas Wim does not teach seminars that often. We therefore had questions for one another about our experiences and relative felids of expertise.

The podcast makes for an interesting listen, which we feel brought out a lot of information that will be useful to all martial arts instructors; particularly those who may wish to branch out from group teaching to also provide one-on-one and seminar instruction.

It’s always great to talk to Wim and I hope you enjoy the podcast!

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Kata as a Training Method (podcast)

In this podcast I discuss kata as a training method with Daniel Marino of the Motion Martial Arts Podcast! The podcast was recorded at my recent residential course and covers the kata training process, some of my favourite quotes from the past masters, and the relationship between kata and live practise.

Some topics covered include:

The Kata Training Process

How Kata Should Inform Live Practise

The Type of Grappling in Kata

Consensual vs. Non-Consensual Violence

The Role and Value of Solo Kata

Key Quotes from Itosu, Funakoshi, Mabuni, Motobu, etc

And More Besides!

It was a fun discussion which I am sure you will enjoy!

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Iain and Wim 2 Crossover Podcast 2!

Welcome to this special cross cover podcast with myself and Wim Demeere! As you will know, Wim and I did a cross over podcast last year where we took listener’s questions. In this podcast, Wim and I discuss our top training tips for martial artists and self-defence practitioners. It was a wide-ranging and fun conversation! I hope you enjoy it!

Check out Wim’s show notes for this podcast here: https://www.wimsblog.com/category/podcast/

It’s been a while since I released the last podcast, but the good news is that I have a number of podcasts recorded which I will be bringing you very soon!

Thanks for your support of the podcasts!

All the best,

Iain

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Q and A Podcast 2018 Part 2

Welcome to the second part of this year’s Q&A end of year podcast! In this second part (77 mins) we cover all the questions relating to Kata and Bunkai, Stance and Technique, Weapons, and Miscellaneous.

In the first part you can find the Self-Defence, Training and General Karate questions.

The podcast includes some spoof advertisements! Some of these adverts contain very mild “bad” language. Nothing overly offensive, but it’s probably wise to ensure young children aren’t in earshot.

Thanks for all your support in 2018!

All the best,

Iain

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Q and A Podcast 2018 Part 1

Welcome to the first part of this year’s Q&A end of year podcast! Thanks to everyone who submitted questions and topics!

In this first part (70 mins) we cover all the questions relating to Self-Defence, Training and General Karate.

In the second part (out very soon!) we will cover questions related to: Kata and Bunkai, Stance and Technique, Weapons, and Miscellaneous.

As is something of a tradition with these end of year podcasts, I’ve also included some spoof advertisements :-) A big thanks to Dylan Tucker who also submitted some advertisements. Some of these adverts contain very mild “bad” language. Nothing overly offensive, but it’s probably wise to ensure young children aren’t in earshot.

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Stephan Kesting & Iain: Thoughts on the Value of Kata

In this podcast, Stephan Kesting & I discuss our thoughts on the value of kata. I really enjoyed this conversation for two main reasons: Firstly, Stephan is a really nice and genuine guy.  He was fun to talk to. Secondly, we disagree on the nature and value of kata; and that made for an interesting conversation. Neither of us changed our viewpoint as a result of the conversation, but we both enjoyed having it. Whatever your own view, we hope you will enjoy listening too.

The conversation came about as a result of a YouTube video Stephan put out in the summer called, “Why Kung Fu Forms and Karate Kata are (Mostly) Pretty Useless!” You can view the video here: https://youtu.be/Zc3rkmaoSi0

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Iain and Wim Crossover Podcast!

Welcome to this special cross cover podcast with myself and Wim Demeere! As some of you will know, I was a guest on Wim’s podcast a few months ago. I’m a big fan of Wim’s work and I was keen to get him back on my own podcast. We chatted through the options and thought it may be fun to do a crossover podcast with questions from listeners! Thanks to everyone who submitted them!

While both Wim and I share a strong practical bias, I have a background in traditional Japanese / Okinawan systems and Wim has a background in traditional Chinese systems. It was our hope that our respective viewpoints would make for an interesting discussion … and I think it did! Lots of good information in this podcast!

Topics covered include:

• Differences in Chinese and Japanese forms.

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Mental Strength on Radio Anatolia

On this podcast I discuss Mental Strength with Türel Süt of Radio Anatolia! We look at dealing with negative thoughts, true positive thinking, developing our talents, how to effectively leave the comfort zone, etc. This conversation was first broadcast on Radio Anatolia and is shared here with the permission of both the host and the radio station. It’s a light and entertaining chat which I hope you will enjoy.  

Türel is a regular attendee at my seminars in Germany and I always enjoy talking with him. He is an artist and radio DJ who presents the nostalgia show (music from 70s, 80s and 90s) on Radio Anatolia in Los Angeles. I therefore also got to pick a few of my favourite songs during our conversation too!

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Iain and Jamie Clubb Part 2

Iain and Jamie Part 2

Jamie Clubb joins me on this podcast! You’re going to love it! Jamie is someone I always enjoy talking to! The combination of his deep knowledge and critical thinking always make for fascinating conversations. I’ve been wanting to capture one of them for a while! This did not disappoint!

Jamie and I can both talk! So our conversations are always lengthy. Our original plan was to talk for around an hour in this podcast, but it ballooned to two and a half hours! The topics covered were wide ranging and the conversation fascinating!  Over the two and a half hours we cover:

• Historical Martial Myths

• Training Flaws

• Critical Thinking

• Solo Training: Shadow Boxing and Kata

• Self-Defence vs. Martial Arts

• Self-Protection for Children

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