Normally, when I share videos, they are covering techniques or concepts, but this one is a bit different. Some of you might have seen my recent article on makiwara training, which was inspired by the continuous appearance of statements on social media from people thinking that the makiwara is just for toughening the hands. This type of statement often causes a conversation to evolve, and highlight a number of other myths that people believe about karate, and I have put the 5 most common together and discussed them in this video:
When I was a young'un, I wanted to become a martial arts instructor like my senseis and sifus. First goal: earn the black belt and teaching cert for the styles I wanted to teach. Lots of years later, I did that...but I had helped my instructor run the school for a few years at that point, and that was no longer something I wanted to do. Since deciding that I didn't want to run my own instruction business, I've had a difficult time motivating myself to train. I know that many black belts quit once they get their belt (because they believe they're done now).
Was there the Free sparring Jiu kumite, on traditional okinawa karate?
Many says the jiu kumite is a modern thing created when the karate is emigrated to the japan and associated it to the competition, but I Think who in a real street fighting you don't know your opponent, and how will he attack to you, all is unpredictable. Somebody says who there was the bogu kumite, somebody says who the traditional training it was the kata, and only kata???
How to use a baton like a LA police officer in the 1960s! I love these old videos. Always fascinating to watch. There’s some very questi onable methods shown in the video: “Criminal grabbed your baton? Then execute a sacrifice throw!” (What if he simply lets go of the baton?). An interesting watch nevertheless.
As my time has been freed up lately I'm starting to read again on a regular basis. To cut a long story short could any of you be kind enough to point me in the right direction for any good Karate (or any good martial arts books) whether they be instructional or memoirs. I've got a decent sized library already so may of already read what's recommended but I'm sure there's many that I haven't.
This is an interesting watch. The first thing to note is that there is some bad language and crude sexual references in this video (not from Stephan Kesting, but the gent he’s interviewing). Not one to watch at work, with children around, or if you are easily offended. It adds nothing to the points being made, and it’s a shame it’s there, but if you see past that there’s some really interesting points being made.