Due to the popularity of the “How to Front Kick” article and the emphasis on the little-known Isolation Method that I wrote about in that article, this time I write about how to step from one front stance to another. Again, the Isolation Method will be the way that I recommend training in kihon.
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The article Karate is Not A Science has generated quite a bit of feedback. Some are not convinced Karate is not a science, and some are willing to concede it isn’t exactly a science, but they are still clinging to the idea that somehow there was drive-by science involved in its development. I wanted to revisit this topic and explain why it is so important that we understand our Karate is not based in Science but instead in belief.
Hello again ;-) My trip report begins with my visit to the Great Intergalactic Shotokan Reconciliation Convention and Trade Show of 2257 where, in an unprecedented show of unity, the leaders of the more than 22,000 governing bodies for Shotokan karate style agreed once and for all to put aside petty differences and work together to serve the needs of students. One of the more interesting agreements reached at the conference was a new way of using dan ranks to acknowledge individual progress. Going forward, it was decided that the first five dan ranks would be used as follows:
How to Quit a Karate Club Featured
It’s over. You have been a member of a Karate club for years, and no one will listen to your recommendations about how to operate the club more effectively, the practice sessions are no longer fun, or the instructor has lost his enthusiasm for teaching. Maybe you witnessed or were involved in a dispute about contact or bullying, and you have lost confidence in your instructor to protect you or the other members. Something happened, whatever it was, that caused you to realize that it was time to quit this particular club.
The Battle Against Nihilism Featured
All of humanity suffers from the same fear – that life is essentially meaningless. That we are an accidental occurrence, and that all of our creations, all of our art, music, literature, stories, and lives will eventually end and will have never mattered in the grand scheme of things.
Have you ever wondered what it might be like to join the best karate club you could imagine? Not everyone wants the same thing out of a karate club, so there are going to be different opinions about what would be great about a club. Here’s my vision of what someone might write about their experience if they attended the best karate club imaginable.
Previously I published a lecture in a college class by a jujutsu expert on why he believes karate to be fantasy-based training instead of reality-based training. He introduces the concept of alive vs dead training. For training to be alive, it must training resemble your actual execution. Jujutsu training does resemble execution in that the players actually perform their techniques exactly as they would in the field. They grab each other as strongly as they can, and do something very close to what they would in real life.
In today’s installment, I advise instructors on how they can put some extra time and effort into planning and executing something that most Karate instructors have never given any thought to: Awarding promotions to club members. Awarding promotions can be turned into a community-building experience that deepens the relationship between you and your students, strengthens their commitment to their membership in the club, and leverages the full power of the incentive that Karate ranks are designed to represent. If you meet this challenge, you will have another technique in your arsenal of Karate club management.
Your Training is Dead Featured
In the following talk, a BJJ instructor discusses aliveness in training and why arts like Karate and Aikido are “dead.” He also discusses why they are fantasy based arts who’s practitioners are deluded into believing that they are effective in a fight when in reality they would quickly fold under resistance.