Russ Martin, 5th Dan TKD is recognised within the Taekwondo Association of Great Britain as an expert on applied Taekwondo (the practical application of the basics and patterns). He should really be known further afield as he has a very extensive knowledge. Read moreRead More
The kata’s (patterns/forms) within a traditional style often have different salutations and ready positions. This would indicate that they have different meanings, beyond being just a salutation. Think about it, if they were no more than just a salutation, why would they not be standardised. Why would any style need more than one salutation which it would use on all of its kata’s/patterns/forms. Read moreRead More
I have written in a previous post about how I believe that Karate’s Soto Uke was probably based on an instinctive human reaction and developed by the masters of old. In the following video sequence we demonstrate some applications for Soto Uke, whilst also looking at Chinese Kung Fu movements that are almost the same.
Note: The block called Soto Uke in some styles is called Uchi Uke (inside block) in other styles.
Bearing in mind that much of Karate’s original bunkai has been lost, and that Karate is largely based on Kung Fu, it is good to look at similar Kung Fu movements and how Kung Fu practitioners apply them. By looking into our roots we can learn more about our own style and read across from what the Okinawan masters probably learnt from the Chinese masters. Read moreRead More