In August I was invited by Sifu Jay Cooper, the Canadian Director of the Jeet Kune Do Athletic Association, to run two seminars for Esteem Martial Arts & HAVOC JKD in Calgary. The theme of the first seminar was to show practical karate applications in a self defence context, focusing on training pre-emptive strikes and responding to haymakers, windmilling punches, and cascading attacks such as haymaker punches to tackles and leg lifts/takedowns or haymaker punches to clinches. Although Jay is a JKD and wrestling guy, he's followed what I teach because of my predominant focus on self defence and how it has tallied with his work and experience as a LEO both in the UK and in Canada.
I decided to make the theme of the seminar a failure cascade which would take us through common progressions of HAOV with techniques common to many karate systems and kata (and to the JKD and Catch wrestling taught at the venue). The aim was to take the students through drills to the point where they could play in a progressively dynamic fashion to an alive attack medium.
We shot a lot of footage throughout this seminar so I've split this into a number of videos and will be posting one to two videos a week.
I prefer to make warm ups skills orientated. In this case the warm up was preparation for a later stage of the seminar.
I began the day with looking at the different mediums through which pre-emtive tactics could be trained. Rather than use a punch as a preempt I decided to focus on an open handed technique which would lead into a redundancy of an Uke technique if the participants subsequently failed to preempt in time.
Preempt Part 1
Preempt Part 2
Preempt Part 3
Preempt Part 4
I hope you enjoy these. I'll be posting up more of the seminar soon!
All the best