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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 7:13 pm 

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Since we do not have the scanner available,,let me ease in to it.

This is taken from my Explosive Karate book, an introduction to power infighting.

This is not a self defense book. If you want to take a self defense course I'm sure there are those who will be glad to take your money and will show you a few things that will be forgotten at the conclusion of the course. My realistic suggestion to someone looking for a course in self defense is to buy a shotgun and a loud angry dog.
Thisisalook at several "no nonsense" things that will give you another facet to your martial arts' training. This is simply another level in your look at the already workable art of karate. This is karate, and you've probably seen some of the things in this book before. What I'd like to do is to illustrate many of these techniques in a way that will enhance your knowledge. The training for these moves can come from different segments of your training. Training equipment will help, but some simple bags and punching mitts will do.
Knowledge of the human body is very important when one trains. When I was in free fighting competition a point was awarded to you if you hit your opponent in certain areas of the body. You could not receive a point if you hit him in other areas because it was not a "Point Area." Sometimes it was because it was a dangerous area and the safety of the players were important. However, most of the awards were given for techniques directed to non realistic sections of the body. After all, it was only a "game"... the "sport" area of karate. Looking at it any other way would be a mistake!
One practices to deliver the kick or punch in a manner that will hit the opponent andyet beveryvisual.In thisway the referee, the side judges, the guy selling tickets and Ray Charles will be able to detect the "POINT."
Many of the moves that are in this training guide would never be noticed or recognized as sparring or free fighting. They are stopping moves and they work. With the help of your teacher and much practice, this will be a good segment to include in your training.
Safety is always important. In a sparring match you will notice that everything is practiced on training aids and not on another person. When you work with a partner, place your move on the section of the body softly. This is for distance and direction of the particular move. It enables you to feel your position and torque along with body mechanics. I'll be talking about these things as we go from move to move and from one training method to another.
Nothing in this training manual can be started until you have had proper training. Only your teacher can determine if he/she wants to include the material in this manual in their teaching. Only your teacher can determine if you are ready and able to begin work on the material enclosed.

Hopefully we will be able to include photos next week.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 22, 2008 10:36 pm 

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One thing that has never really been investigated or discussed at length is "Rooting" (aka-grounding) and " internal connection connection".

Since I am an old puke, my cross training is in Ta'i Chi.

Many moons ago Gem posted my article on TC and Karate.

TC.---gives great emphasis of grounding and internal connections.

This is not to say that one is rooted to the ground--immobilizing oneself, but at the point of finishing a block or delivering a strike, one in connected internally and rooted to the earth.

It is harder to see in Uechi, but in the kata, and i ask this, one is never constantly on 'both feet" or any one foot as the weoghting is constantly shifting without giving visual cues to an opponent that the internal Ki is constanly in motion.

However, I think at the point of attack or the finish of a block, an instant of what TC would call "double weighting" and total internal internal connectiion is the ideal.

Most of the time I think I am talking in a foreign dialect when I raise these training points, but I willl risk it in this hello to Sensei Rabesa.


"All Enlightenment Gratefully Accepted"

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I totally agree John , and just thought I`d post and add im looking forward to following this forum and the subject .

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