Ideas For Training At Home (Part 5 – Turning The Hip/Waist More Efficiently)

In most styles of martial art, many techniques involve turning the hips/waist one way or the other in order to transfer the body weight into the striking limb. This in turn adds power and speed to the technique being performed.

In this video we look at enhancing that hip/waste turn by maximising the way we use the legs.

Ideas For Training At Home (Part 4 – Learning To Engage Your Fascial System)

Part 4 of ideas for training from home. This looks at a simple modification to your technique for more efficiently engaging the fascial system in the arms to make them faster and more powerful.
After you’ve seen this, you’ll realise what’s been there all along in plain sight; yet most people never realised!

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Ideas For Training At Home (Part 3 – Improve Punch Speed)

Right, this one is a short one. It’s a very simple exercise aimed at teaching you to remain very relaxed as you shoot your arm out without any tension or stiffness.
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Ideas For Training At Home (Part 2 – Improve Kicking)

Part 2 of ideas for training at home, to help people who are self isolating or in an area that is currently locked-down. This one looks at how you can use furniture to help improve your kicking technique, by forcing you to raise your knee and retract it properly as you kick.

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Ideas For Training At Home (Part 1 – Home Security)

With so many people across the world on lock-down or self isolation because of the Corona Virus, I thought this would be a good time to share some training from home ideas.

So here’s the first for you looking at home security (as so many of us will be spending a lot more time there).

Relaxed Power: Release From Wrist Grab

Sometimes it’s a paradox that less is more.  With this release from a wrist grab, it definitely works better the more relaxed you do it.  The less strength and force you use, the better it works.  This actually gives some advantages to women as men tend to rely of strength more than ladies do.

One thing that I didn’t quite explain in the video, is that when you have skin on skin contact (such as with a grab), any changes (such as one person tensing up) can be felt practically instantaneously by the other person.  This is because the information is transmitted directly via the nervous system.  It is quicker than seeing something happen, as there is a very small delay between the eye detecting a movement and that information being relayed to and recognised by the brain.  This is why so many Chinese martial arts do “sticky hand” exercises as it trains and develops this sensitivity.  Also, you can tense without actually moving, so the eyes might not notice, but the nervous system will straight away.

Anyway, I think the video will be self explanatory without me explaining it all here.  If you find it useful please like, share and leave a comment below.  Thank you.

A Different Take On Bassai Sho Karate Kata Bunkai

The 2 Bassai katas (patterns/forms), Bassai Dai and Bassai Sho are thought to have been authored be the martial arts genius, Soken Matsumura.  Matsumura was head bodyguard to the King of Okinawa in the mid to late 1800’s.  Bassai is often translated as “storming the fortress”, which is very ironic, as Matsumura being head bodyguard for the King, with most of the official work being conducted in the Shuri Castle, would in fact of been defending the fortress (Shuri Castle) rather than storming it.
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Do Traditional Martial Arts Really Work Under Pressure?

This is an old chestnut that keeps going around every now and again; do traditional martial arts really work under pressure in the street?

Many people argue that they don’t, after all, we’ve all heard of a story where a black belt in whatever style ends up getting beaten up by a street fighter.  There are also lots of stories of martial artists, some even quite low grade, who have used their martial arts to successfully defend themselves.  Which story you quote depends on which side of the debate you’re on.

Now when you consider that there are literally millions of people around the world who practice martial arts, just by the law of averages there are bound to be some who are successful in defending themselves and some who are not.  So until somebody can come up with some studies and statistical data (I’m not aware of anybody doing so yet) I think we have to be careful how much we read too much into such stories. Continue reading “Do Traditional Martial Arts Really Work Under Pressure?” »

Style Comparison: Which Way To Move Your Hips For Leading Hand Techniques

Karate girl doing knife hand strikeWhen it comes to leading hand techniques, different styles move their hips/waist in different ways for certain leading hand techniques.  In particular, techniques that are part circular where the hand moves from the opposite side of the body to it’s own side (such as Downward Block, Back-Fist Strike, etc). Continue reading “Style Comparison: Which Way To Move Your Hips For Leading Hand Techniques” »

Tekki/Naihanchi Shodan – Partner To Pad Drill

Brian Bates practising kata
Brian Bates demonstrating Karate kata

I saw this video today and liked it, so I thought I’d share it.

It features Brian Bates, 4th Dan of Zanshin Karate Academy who I’ve had some interaction with via Facebook.  He’s very good at Karate kata practical applications (bunkai) having trained with many of the top kata bunkai experts in the UK and also having a background in Aiki Jujutsu, which gives him considerable extra insights.

This video looks at the Karate kata, Tekki/Naihanchi Shodan.  What’s clever about it, which you don’t often see, is that he demonstrates the applications to the kata movements with a partner, and he also does them with pads so that you practice and hit the target hard at the same time.  So without further ado, here’s Brian’s video: Continue reading “Tekki/Naihanchi Shodan – Partner To Pad Drill” »