Martial Arts

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Uraken-Uchi (Backfist Strike) Tip

Hello, everyone,

I recently put together a quick video discussing two different approaches to backfist strikes--one being the typical, locked-wrist, flat back-of-the-hand strike, and a whipping strike with the back of the first two knuckles of the fist, which is my preferenace.

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Who do you teach to? Lowest common denominator?

Lets say you have a class of ~20ish folks spread from white belt to Nidan. Fairly evenly for most classes.

Do you teach mostly things that only the white/yellow belts are going to get? Do you split folks off into groups and if it's the green belt group, do you give them a blue belt to work them thru it?

How often do folks just get sent off to "do their material" with no teacher?

Curious. Thanks!

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German governing bodies

During one of Iain's podcasts he mentions how in Germany there are governing bodies that give guildelines for how to access compententacy for Sport Karate, Tradiational Karate and now Practical Karate.

Does anyone have any links to those organisations and or their guidelines? Tks.

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Age-Tsuki as a Pre-Emptive Strike

Hello everyone,

This week's Waza Wednesday covers some tips for applying age-tsuki (rising punch), particularly as a pre-emptive strike. Most people see age-tsuki as purely a rising "backfist" type of strike, but with a bit of hip torque it becomes a sneaky thrusting punch (as the word "tsuki"--thrust--suggests). This is something we work quite frequently on the makiwara, as well, to develop penetrating power.

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The origin of kata

There has been a lot of speculation regarding the Chinese origing of kata. Here is some more.
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Shuto Mawashi Uke - Bunkai

One of the ways we use shuto mawshi uke is a defence against mawashi geri chudan, on purpose I done the block three times before using whole sequence, to show what happens when you block the kicking leg above the knee. 

Kind regards

Les

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2 sweeps on Mawashi Geri

Hi guys,

I've just made another video about sweeps. This time on Mawashi Geri, round house kick.

You may find something interresting on it, or not.

How do you it?

Have  agreat day. Take care and have great keiko. 

PS: Don't forget to turn on english closed caption, as I am talking in french. 

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Bojutsu/Jojutsu Counter Attack

Hello, everyone!

This week on Waza Wednesday, we take a look at a simple, old-school technique for use with long weapons, such as the bo, eku, or nunti, as well as other weapons such as the cane or sword. From a more practical, everyday perspective, you can do it with a broom, pipe, bat, tree branch, etc. We show the technique against a downward strike, but it can be reached in other ways, as well.

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The 3 Components of Every Martial Art

Stephan Kesting makes some really good points in this video. The essential point is that every art has:

1 – Techniques

2 – Equipment

3 – Training Methods

It is the mix of these three that ultimately shape the art. This is why I feel progressive live practise, unlimited by any given rule set (just stafey considerations), is a must (3); and why modern training equipment such as focus mitts and the heavy bag (2) have so much to offer karateka.

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Resources on karate throws

I recently taught part one of a two part seminar on Funakoshi's throws - part two is scheduled for April. The response to part one was so enthusiastic that I have been asked to teach throws on a monthly basis.

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