Thursday, October 12, 2017

Each release can be divided into 3 motions (for beginners)

There are a lot of different modes that you can do most martial arts exercises in.  They seem to be made to be played in different ways under various conditions.
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One of the ways that we work aikido wrist releases (shichihon no kuzushi) is to divide each technique into 3 key points, or positions that you have to move through, or heuristics that you have to apply.  In any case, each move has 3 pieces.
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For instance,
Releases 1 & 3

  1. Get off the line of attack and set your grabbed wrist, your front foot, and both of uke's feet on the same line.
  2. Turn to face uke and get both hands up between your face and his
  3. move with uke wherever he goes for 1-2 steps
Releases 2 & 4

  1. Get off the line of attack and set your grabbed wrist, your front foot, and both of uke's feet on the same line (Just as if you were doing release 1)
  2. turn to face uke with your hands generally between you and him.
  3. get behind uke, raise your hands above your head, and yell, "Praise the LORD!" Actually that last piece is optional, but it helps.
Sure, releases are an amazing exercise and training method, and they cannot be released to these 3-step katas, but we have found them a pretty good way to get noobs emulating the release motions so that they can then be corrected and adjusted.
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Additionally, the 3-step releases provide a good framework for talking to noobs about where there is a problem - for instance, "In step 1 try to get more on line with his feet," or "In step 3 try to get more behind him."


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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Medieval European walking and Japanese walking

Here are a couple of interesting videos to watch.  I think they might be important to your martial research, not because I agree with every point in both videos.  In fact, I find a lot of the first one doubtful and the second fellow sounds like a paranoid schizo in much of his lecture.
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But there is something in these two videos.  Perhaps just gleanings.  Maybe important gleanings. Watch these videos and let me know what you get from them.





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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Solo karate kata are useful

One of the things that can seem alien to a karate guy beginning in aikido or judo is the idea that each of the kata in judo and Tomiki aikido involves two people - tori (or nage) and uke.  All of the kata moves are actually done on an actual person's body.  There are no solo kata in judo or aikido.
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Even in karate bunkai, where there are actual people standing in front of you to interact with, you are still pulling or controlling your punches.  You're not actually hitting actual people in karate kata.  That's why they hit makiwara and heavy bags and why they break boards.
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2-man kata adds an aspect of reality and complexity to judo and aikido kata that can be missing from solo karate kata, but there are definite positives to solo karate kata.
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Because there are no solo kata in aikido and judo, it can be a pain to actually practice. you have to go find a partner and a mat to work on, whereas, karate kata can be done virtually anywhere and anytime.
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I recommend that aikido and judo guys find a karate buddy and ask them politely for a few lessons in kata.  It doesn't matter which kata - I promise, if you delve deeply enough into any kata you can find interesting lessons and stimulating commonalities between karate, judo, and aikido.
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My favorites include tekki (A.K.A. naihanchi), the taikyoku/heians, and sanchin.
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Even if you think kata is useless and doesn't help you learn to fight, I encourage you to learn 2-3 of them and keep them in reserve for next time you're injured and have to rehabilitate yourself or after some life event waylays your practice routine and you need something martial to begin building your fitness back up till you can get hands on a real partner.



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Friday, October 06, 2017

Connections between Junokata, Koshiki, and Nanatsu!

You know what is really cool?  When you have both enough time in a body of work, and the opportunity to step back from it far enough that you can see the themes and motifs running through it.  Judo is like this.

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

My crazy names for Hirano's crazy exercises

Naming conventions for martial arts techniques and kata vary from art to art.  Some folks like the ultra-simple thing-1, thing-2 sort of ordinal naming system, while others like more descriptive names for things like, the "arm-crushing cross-shaped armbar," from judo.
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I personally like poetic names, like "Dragon whips its Tail" or "Willow in the Snow."
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