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 Post subject: KISS
PostPosted: Sun Nov 02, 2014 6:02 pm 
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Yup---keep it simple. Try not to be a master of none. Keep your training within your limits. Develop strong, fast, hard hitting, strikes. if your not competing any more gear it down. Think about shorter, fast strikes. Work on accurate strikes as well. You're not trying to win the match any longer. You're trying to get rid of this bad guy.I always say ,that I'm pretty sure I can not go three rounds any more, but I'll give you 20 or 30 seconds of sheer hell. That is what I work on. SO-- work on what you are comfortable with. Just do it fast and hard. -----Happy Trails ----- Art

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 Post subject: Re: KISS
PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2015 3:59 am 
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I thought I'd drag this post out of the dust. It's something I strongly believe in. We talk of self defense and being able to protect ourselves quite often. There is no true set method of being able to do that. Our training simply gives us a better chance of handling our self. So don't clutter up your training, with things that your probably not going to turn to when the crap hits the fan. Keep it simple. Train hard on fast hard hitting strikes that get the job done. Sparring is always a good part of the training to take part in. Competitive fighting is something I did tons of. When I retired from it, I concentrated on developing straight forward very hard strikes. If you develop the muscle memory for short, fast, powerful strikes, you'll be tough to handle. Your mind isn't cluttered with a lot of different techniques. Train to turn your kicks into low powerful leg thrusts. These thrusts really take off and explode into the lower half of the body, dealing out a lot of damage. Keep your hand strikes short and fast. Concentrate on firing your hands, elbows, forearm, into areas that will cause the most damage. Your not in a competitive match any longer. This is not for any trophy my friend. There's no officials or rules out here. So your techniques are now no nonsense. This is how you train. On the training pads and bags of course. Can't hit anybody with these things. Everything else in the training remains the same. All the kata's, kumite's, drills. With one exception. Your practice now includes these no nonsense strikes. Make them fast, because where there's speed, there is power. KISS is what it's all about if you want a better chance of getting rid of that bad guy. --------Happy Trails -------Art

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 Post subject: Re: KISS
PostPosted: Sun Nov 29, 2015 3:53 pm 
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJTr9Epoue0 -----------------------------This is a little of what I mean by keeping it simple. Working on getting in, and then going to work. You'll never see this in formal competitive matches. Can not practice these strikes on a dojo mate however. Have to take it to the hitting equipment. I like practicing on BOB and the good ole heavy bag. Maintaining the grip tends to be the toughest part. Really practice your vice-like sanchin grip here. I do not want him to drift away from me once I'm in. My comfort zone is very close. I want to stay there. This is rather simple with no frills attached. Sure gets the job done though.-----Happy Trails---Art

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 Post subject: Re: KISS
PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2016 5:16 pm 
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http://rabesauechiryu.com/leg-thrust-2/

When I say keep it simple, I don't actually mean what you practice is simple. It just means that there are no frills. No actual "technique" involved. Because you're not trying to cause any deception. You are simply firing strikes that are right up the chute, exploding into the body. The leg thrusts that I teach do just that. They set up the hands - elbows - ulna - radius- head - that will follow. These leg thrusts are very damaging, and very difficult to deal with by the bad guy. I work these leg thrusts more than anything else in my training. To stop an attack you must first shift that aggression your way. Deal out some destruction his way. We're talking about a few seconds here. A fast explosive burst. You will practice keeping your hands in the firing set up when firing these leg thrusts. Your hands will take off almost as the leg thrust hits. You must READ what is about to happen. Now ACT and not REACT. Take a look at the three leg thrusts I teach. The shin thrust can work better than the knee strike because of where it is heading, and it's accuracy. The front thrust and stomp thrust really explode quickly into the leg and pelvis. The shin thrust is the one that causes the biggest damage. The front thrust tends to be the fastest. The stomp thrust can really do a job on that front leg. The leg does not bend that way remember. So here are the three terrors you can deliver when needed. Work all the close quarter strikes in the web site coming off these leg thrusts. Hope you get something from this for your training - and teaching. ----Happy Trails----Art

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 Post subject: Re: KISS
PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2016 2:39 pm 
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I've gathered up eight of my past students to get back into their training. Six are black belts with two brown belts. I gave up operating a school years ago. I got tired of all the traveling to teach and decided to stay home. I wrote about "concentrated teaching" on one of my threads. That's what I'll have with this group. The "kiss" concept will also apply. Most of these people are grand parents, or old enough to be grand parents. My teaching will be slightly different than they remember. No heavy banging as in their earlier years. More emphasis placed on traditional Uechi Ryu and keeping things simple. Simple, meaning pulling out the meaning of sanchin and it's overall benefits. Strong foundations with strong strikes and blocks in kata. Quick movements in attacking strikes. No actual fighting techniques needed. Because our competitive fighting days are behind us. Deceptive technique not needed. Just short, fast, strong strikes. Slight angles rather than stepping away. Lots of work on body mechanics, especially in the prearranged kumites. A big emphasis on the leg thrusts rather than kicks. I'll still teach fighting when I travel to other sites. That will always be what I'm known for and it will always be. Now--I'm making some adjustments. After all---we all have to get back to the grand kids in working order, don't we? Longevity. -------Happy Trails------Art

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 Post subject: Re: KISS
PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2016 4:40 pm 
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Good stuff, Art. :)

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 Post subject: Re: KISS---TD
PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2016 8:06 pm 
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To dismiss actual fighting technique from the curriculum makes things roll along very well. It certainly leaves lots of time to go over no-nonsense drills. Fighting technique is still a part of what I teach, just not for my private group. All past students coming off many years of not training. Now--I want to teach things that will cause a great deal of damage as quickly as possible. No technique needed here. Working on the strikes that are right there in your set up. To fire strikes from this 10&2 set up very fast and very hard. I have formed "TD" drills to do just that. The TD stands for Total Destruction. This all sounds like a plan doesn't it? Well, it's a work in progress. I know what I want to get done. Now, I hope my plan can be successful. Kata is always very important in my teaching. Lots of detailed training here. Moving from one segment to another smoothly with power. Now, I'm not so interested in the speed of the kata, but the crispness of each movement. Every stance being strong and stable. Every strike and block being crisp and strong. Sanchin training being the hub of the wheel. Moving the sanchin power into everything else we do. All this is what I have planned for this group. I'll experiment constantly with this small group. Like a mad scientist. I'm anxious to find out the things that are working. It's sort of another chapter in my longevity. It will give me another goal to reach. KISS is what it's all about. Makes teaching very interesting. Not knowing what will work, but finding what will. It's a plan. -------Happy Trails-----Art

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