Why You Really Shouldn’t Tense Everything At The End Of A Karate Technique

When I first started Karate, back in the late 70’s (yes, I’m that old) we were taught by our Japanese masters to tense everything, the whole body, at the end of a technique.  I’ve spoken many times about relaxing the body as much as possible and I’ve also talked about how our limbs should be taut at the end of a technique not tense.

Some muscle groups are very central to a given technique, whilst other muscles are not. Continue reading “Why You Really Shouldn’t Tense Everything At The End Of A Karate Technique” »

How To Tie A Karate Belt

There are 2 main ways to tie a Karate belt.  There’s a traditional way and a more modern way.  The actual knot is the same in both cases, but the way that the belt is wrapped around the body is slightly different.  Looking on Youtube, I note that Judo and Ju Jutsu practitioners tie their belts the same as Karate’s traditional way; so this would appear to be a general Japanese way of doing things.

I’m guessing, but I think the more modern way has come across from Tae Kwon Do as you can also see on Youtube that they do it this way.  It is actually a little bit neater, but the choice is yours and it doesn’t really matter.

So here it is in the video below.  Enjoy:

When Somebody Says, “But That’s Not Really Karate”!

This can apply equally to any traditional martial art, not just Karate.

Have you ever demonstrated a way to protect yourself (or seen somebody else do so), only to have somebody else say, “but that’s not really Karate”, (or whatever martial art you practice).  This can be particularly true when styles that are considered primarily striking arts (like Karate, Taekwondo, Kung Fu, etc) start using grappling applications like throws, locks, restraints, escapes and the likes.  People can be quick to pigeon-hole what they consider to be part of a martial art or not to be part of it.

Are they right to do so?  Does this keep a martial art ‘pure’, so that they don’t all just merge into each other?

I’m sorry to say, but that kind of thinking is really missing the point.  Originally, the martial arts were to protect the practitioners life; so can you imagine somebody back then saying something like, “I’m not using that technique as it’s not from my style”!  Of course they wouldn’t; they’d absorb anything that might save their lives. Continue reading “When Somebody Says, “But That’s Not Really Karate”!” »