Many of the traditional martial arts that we train today have been dumbed down from the effective combat method that they originally used to be. There are a number of social and political reasons. The following is a broad generalisation as even within a given system, different masters would have taken various different paths. This post is just an overview and is not intended to be exhaustive. Continue reading “How & Why Traditional Martial Arts Got Dumbed Down” »
Haven’t done a bunkai video for a while, so here we are taking a look at the opening salutation from Kata Jion (same as Jiin and Jitte),and also quite similar to the salutation or Bassai Dai.
I have to apologise that the battery run out just before the end, but I hope you enjoy it anyway.
I don’t often have guest writers on BunkaiJutsu. However, I’ve had a request from a freelance writer Katlyn Warner to publish her article on taking responsibility and how it is particularly significant to martial artists, especially children. It covers a number of self development aspects of martial arts training I thought so I thought I’d share it. Continue reading “Martial Arts And The Power Of Taking Responsibility” »
Yvonne Bignall coaches and trains women to live healthier authentic lives, designs and delivers effective workshops in everyday interpersonal skills, Continue reading “Radio Interview With Charlie Wildish (Me); By Yvonne Bignall – Somer Valley FM” »
The Seishin Gi has been created by the well known blogger, best selling author and teacher; Jesse Enkamp (also known as The Karate Nerd). It is crowdfunded, crowdsourced, and has been endorsed by Iain Abernethy, Patrick McCathy, Tetsuhiro Hokama 10th Dan and a number of other Continue reading “Seishin Gi (Karate Uniform): Product Review” »
When real fighting/self protection can be really chaotic and messy, why are traditional martial arts so fussy about good technique with so much attention to fine detail and accuracy. It’s because traditional martial arts basics movements and kata/patterns/forms train us on several different levels simultaneously. I have Continue reading “Different Levels Of Training In Traditional Martial Arts” »
Some martial art schools/associations/franchises put a lot of emphasis on fitness and strength training. A good work out gets the endorphins going and people come out feeling good and happy, stress levels reduced and a general feeling of well-being. Being fit always feels good. Sometimes the fitness may consist of doing a lot of circuit type training and/or doing everything fast all the time.
Whilst I am definitely in favour of being fit and strong, I am not in favour of emphasising these aspects over good body mechanics and body structures Continue reading “Martial Arts Body Mechanics & Structures Vs Fitness & Strength” »
In the fullness of time, I expect this to be the most life changing seminar I’ve ever attended with respect to my martial arts. It was a 2 day seminar on 21st/22nd July 2018, covering a lot of material, which for a newbie, stretched the mind as well as the body. As such, this is review is my initial impressions and I do not pretend to be an expert or have all the answers. This post is just to share my own personal experiences on this seminar, nothing more.
Now first of all, I want to address the “Internal Power” bit. This was not the usual, use your chi Continue reading “Internal Power Seminar With Dan Harden” »
As usual with any such comparisons on the differences between styles, we have to accept that all comments are generalisations as there are many styles of Karate and Tang Soo Do, so it’s impossible to make comparisons which hold true for every single style of Karate and every single style of Tang Soo Do.
Also, I have to say that although I have had influences from many different martial arts I am primarily a Karateka and have not Continue reading “Differences Between Karate and Tang Soo Do” »
It is often said that generating impact is mainly about applying your body-weight and moving it into the technique. I personally think that this explaination is a bit simplified and that there is a bit more to it than that. So some of what I am going say here goes against conventional wisdom, so please bear with me to end before accusing me of sacrilege!
Ok, so what is the main factor that generate impact in a technique? Continue reading “How To Create More Impact In Your Martial Arts Technique?” »