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Muscles that Twitch: Karate

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) There are two types of muscle “Fibers” that are termed, “Fast twitch (Type II Fibers) and slow twitch (Type I Fibers).” Fast twitch contract quickly but tire rapidly while slow twitch contract slowly and keep going for a long time. Show More Summary

KATA: about certain movements

Some questions about certain movements exhibited, performed or demonstrated in kata: Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) (Note: This exercise is not to say the author of a post that inspired them is either wrong...Show More Summary

Sanchin Dynamic Tensioning: Karada Kitae: Iron Body Training

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) Iron body training, what is it purpose and relevance in self-defense, combat and fighting? Is it a practice with the agenda of egoistic impressionists goals or is it actually...Show More Summary

Stances: An Observation

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) Natural stances allow the type of movement necessary in self-defense while the often wide and deep stances are not. The wide and deep are wonderful tools for exercise and keeping the legs strong, flexible (especially the mobility of the hips) and ???. Show More Summary

Kata: Transitioning to Self-Defense

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) First, in a nutshell the purpose of kata are teaching us to apply fundamental principles through multiple methodologies with appropriate levels of force for defense against violence. Show More Summary

Three Pillars of Japanese Karate: Structural Integrity; Coherence; Intent

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) When using kata to learn and practice kata from Japan you may want to consider these pillars as the supports and structure that make the kata a worthwhile endeavor. Look at...Show More Summary

Karate Questions

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) Reading Michael Clarke Sensei’s post today he simply asked the following questions. I suspect he was being rhetorical in asking them but I decided to answer them anyway, the answers are for me and are mind alone. Show More Summary

The Missing Ingredients

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) What is the missing ingredients to self-defense especially in karate and martial arts? No matter how good your training, no matter how good your practice and no matter howShow More Summary

Explaining Mind Control in Karate and Martial Arts

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) “Accompany technique with mind-control: This one is left to interpretation. No one actually explains mind control and not many if any address this in training and practice....Show More Summary

Introduction of Karate to the Okinawan School System

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) The notion of "promotional" kata represented a major change in the approach to teaching Karate, a change which was begun a generation earlier by Itosu Anko. At the beginning of the century, Itosu formulated the five Pinan kata for introduction to the Okinawan school system. Show More Summary

The Confusion in Understanding Kata

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) Reading articles on kata recently it came to me that most who define kata are getting it right but wrong, i.e., they are simply confusing the difference between Japanese kata and Okinawan Kata, i.e., Japanese budo kata of kendo, judo and the like vs. Show More Summary

Chinkuchi Elements (Lengthening the Line):

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) Intention of Zanshin. (Zanshin is a sub-principal of philosophy that manifests through the physical into a methodology useful for self defense; methodology useful for selfShow More Summary

There is always room for JELLO

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) I have made a lot of statements and comments and OPINIONS about the various kinds of karate and martial arts there are but I have to say with a strong conviction that regardless...Show More Summary

Weight and Age

Read it at the Aging Blog, see the link to the right side of this blog, titled, " Martial Arts - Aging in Martial Arts "

The Gokui: breathing methods are either hard or soft

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) Michael Clarke Sensei of the Shinseidokan Dojo blog provided the following quotes in his recent article, read it HERE, that inspired another view of the ken-po goku-i, in the...Show More Summary

Kata can be Practiced for Years …

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) The quote that inspired this article states, “Kata could be practiced for years and years, and the student would still be just scratching the surface.” This is said often by...Show More Summary

Is the Karate You Practice …

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) Is the karate you practice the “Old Karate” or the “New Standardized Karate?” Before you venture forth in this article take a few moments to read the following fine articles written by Charles C. Show More Summary

Multiple Methodologies

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) I have written a bit on principles and I have also added in multiple methodologies as the goal for applied principles in self-defense. I then got a reminder that there are things not yet told but in need of telling from an article by Marc MacYoung, i.e., on hitting and generating power. Show More Summary

Movement

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) A rolling stone gathers no moss. There are a few terms used in karate and martial arts to describe types of movement important to the applications of those karate and martial arts disciplines. Show More Summary

Sparring with New Students

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link) When students get to the stage where they start to learn how to apply the knowledge they acquired in the dojo it is often asked if the tori, in a tori-uke training model, should...Show More Summary

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