Martial Arts Techniques As A “Shorthand” For Learning Principles

Some of the newer and more reality based martial arts which emphasise real self protection (as opposed to sport) such as Krav Maga and Systema argue that the strength of their system is that they emphasise principles of movement rather than techniques.  They argue that most of the older Oriental martial arts by contrast put the emphasis the other way round, on techniques more than principles.  They argue that this makes their arts better for learning self defence more quickly and effectively. Continue reading “Martial Arts Techniques As A “Shorthand” For Learning Principles” »

Repetition And Relaxation Of Martial Arts Technique

Every now and then, you get an “aha” moment, when something falls into place.  I had one recently so I thought I’d share it with you.  Although this was from a Karate instructor, it applies equally well to all martial arts. Continue reading “Repetition And Relaxation Of Martial Arts Technique” »