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      What movie inspired you to start your martial arts training?
      I was inspired by many movies (i.e. Bruce Lee, etc.). However, the ones that really stick in my mind are the Seven Samurai and some of the old dubbed Kung Fu movies (esp. the movies with Gordon Liu).

      As a kid, I always loved martial arts movies where it was good fighting evil and where hardwork & dedication overcame training difficulties.

      Will
      Black Belt Wiki
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        Lil Sarnt It wasn't a movie that inspired me initially. My first inspiration was the old TV show "Kung Fu." I used to watch this as a child and then go outside and reenact the episodes. I was a strange little kid.
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        Will - Black Belt Wiki Karate cowboy? Far off. Billy Jack was a Hapkido expert and of Navaho indian background! :)

        Will
        Black Belt Wiki
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        Barry Whisnant Billy Jack had to be my favorite and my first inspiration. I'm of Indian descent and btw, I have the box set.
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      Should martial arts instructors know CPR & first aid?
      When you combine out-of-shape middle aged adults and vigorous martial arts training, you have the potential for medical emergencies.

      Do your instructors know CPR & first aid? Or should they only know how to call 911? Does your school train for medical emergencies (i.e. heart attack, broken bones, serious bleeding, etc.)?

      Related question - How has your school dealt with medical emergencies in the past?

      Will
      Black Belt Wiki
      http://www.blackbeltwiki.com
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        Terry scott I am a registered nurse and have been training for 40 years,to my mind spend a day to be able to assist your students and classmates is both sensible and in the spirit of martial arts. Doesn't take long and red cross usually holds regular sessions which won't cost too much and make you confident. Try it guys.
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        Mitt Radates Basic first aid (bandages, cold packs, R.I.C.E. and CPR) fine, but anything beyond that should mean a call to EMS. Any large school should invest in an A.E.D. as well.
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        Todd Mendenhall Yes, I think it is responsible and ethical for any Instructor to know basic first aid. They should know CPR, as well as, how to deal with Concussion and minor injuries. Martial Arts, can be dangerous if the proper control is not initiated, so understanding the difference between minor and major injury is imperative.
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      Martial Arts Humor & Jokes
      Thought it would be really great to get some martial arts jokes to tell in class to break the ice with my young and new students in autumn, if you know of any jokes or humourous anecdotes that can appeal in a class, but still not let it descend into anarchy, I'd love to hear them.
      Let my kick off:
      "How many karate instructors does it take to change a lightbulb?"

      "100! One to change the bulb and 99 to say it would not work on the street!"
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        Andy So this guy walks into a bar.... Ok you can let him go now
        [176815,Alex] :)
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        Al W A Texas cowboy walks into a dojo thinking it’s a bar. Upon entering he says, “Well hell I thought this was a bar not a dance class.” This upsets the Sensei who approaches the cowboy and replies, “This is no dance class, this is martial arts dojo!” Then he politely bows to the cowboy. He then takes a stance and throws a sidekick, stopping 2” from the cowboy’s nose and says, “That was side kick from Tae Kwon Do. Then politely bows again. He then throws a lighting fast palm heal strike, again stopping 2” from the cowboy’s nose and says, “That was Tiger Palm from Chinese Boxing, “ and again politely bows. After which there is a loud “PRRINGGG!” The students stare in awe as their Sensei is out cold on the floor. Then the Texas cowboy says, Tell that guy when he wakes up… that was a crow bar from Home Depot.
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        Al W My cousin was an incredibly tough man. He was a karate black belt who eventually joined the army. Sadly the first time he saluted he killed himself.
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      New Wiki Members - Please Say Hello
      New Wiki Members - Please use this section to say hello to the community.

      We know that some new members can be a little intimidated if they have to start right off the bat by adding anything to an existing martial arts topic. Therefore, this section was designed to break the ice by allowing new members to leave a quick and/or short "hello" message. It was also meant as a way to help new members to become comfortable with the community's posting & commenting system before they attempt to add anything to the other topics.

      We have turned this post into a permanent section on the top tool bar of the wiki community. Hopefully, it will be a place where new members can feel comfortable introducing themselves to the community (versus having to jump straight into a martial arts discussion or posting a hello randomly on a non-related martial arts topic).

      Quick Tips - You can reply to this message by typing in the comment box below, you can follow all of the recent replies/comments made on this site by using the "Comments" section on the top tool bar and you can use the "Post Something" button (found on the top right of the main sections) to post a new main topic (i.e. question or video).

      Saying hello also saves you from becoming a hidden "lurker" who does not take full advantage of this friendly martial arts community. Everyone here wants to help you improve or to learn from your experience. FYI - Most if not all of the top-rated posts are still open for comments & replies.

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      Will
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        Maryse Duchaussoy Hello everyone, I newly started kyokushin and needed some writing info that your site so kindly provide. I doubt I will be posting a lot as I am a novice on the topic, but I am looking forward to reading what you all have to say.
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        Paul Hankle Hello, I have been studying Chito Ryu Karate-do for nearly 5 years, recently attaining Ni Kyu rank. I will be 50 this year, and I find that karate has improved my flexibility, decreased my pain following back surgery, and is a great stress relief. This is in addition to all of the traditional benefits associated with the martial arts. Cheers!
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        cecil Hi! At 52 years of age, I have been studying Kung Fu & Tai Chi for just over a year now. About to test for Green belt in the Kung Fu and Blue Sash in Tai Chi. As a teen, I briefly studied Isshinryu, but lack of transportation made it a brief study. Later, as an adult, I tried Tang Soo Do for a while and then settled on a Karate School that blended styles 'Empty Hands Martial Arts'. I fell away from the fitness life in my 40's due to career and other pressures. The recovery process for a badly broken leg a couple of years ago led me to getting my ass off the couch and back in gear. I will be learning other styles as I progress. Really enjoying being back in the arts. Looking forward to staying active for the rest of my days. I appreciate this site, it seems very comprehensive and informative.
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      Tiger Balm & Andy
      In honor of Andy, I have just now added Tiger Balm to the community store :) - http://community.blackbeltwiki.com/store

      Of course, we are still waiting for Tiger Balm to make [171807,Andy] an official spokesperson!

      Will
      Black Belt Wiki
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        Andy [171668,Black Belt Wiki], just had a look at the Chuck 'facts' :),did you know that when Chuck Norris was born he slapped the midwife and made HER cry? :)
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        Rachel DS [171807,Andy] tiger balm fixed my sore arm....that was good.....commend from kids' vacation care teacher when I dropped them off (freshly balmed for the day) - "you smell really good"......priceless.....So not only is it good for healing all ills it is apparently a good substitute for body spray / aftershave / perfume (insert name of favourite smelly product).....lol
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        Rachel DS I think the first time I came across TB was in thailand. They put it on everything.....I am allergic to bee stings (ie difficulty breathing and lots of swelling etc) and we were on tour when a bee flew into our song tau and stung me on the arm - the tour leader put some on the sting and I got an icepack at the next town but we were miles from doctors / hospitals....between the tiger balm, a compression sock and some ventolin and antihistamines I managed to stay out of hospital!

        Incidentally [171807,Andy] the placebo effect is bone fide. I will have to find the study I just read on it. (This was applicable to reiki etc I think as opposed to TB but it would flow on to anything).

        I am going to put some TB on my arm in a tic (currently on ice) - practising bunkai with a partner tonight who got a little over zealous when I told him to do it harder......hopefully better by Sunday as that is the tourney.....:S I have 2 more training sessions and some work with my real bunkai partner to go before then too.
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      A Karate Guy Never Gives Up
      An off shoot of Any inquiring about dropping out and having the natural spirit for martial arts. My nephew recently started taking classes (he is 4 years old) i was play sparing with him after class and gave up to fighting him and he told me "A karate guy never gives up" , it was adorable.

      Its all about spirit, he will most likely make this an important part of his life, im eager to see him grow in it.
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        Andy Here's another story about not giving up, 16 years ago i got my lower right leg crushed between 2 forklift trucks in an accident at work. The doctors said I would be lucky to walk properly again and to forget martial arts. I ended up with titanium screws in both sides of my ankle and a titanium plate grafted to the lower part of my right fibula, I was on crutches for the best part of a year. I still carried on practicing as well as I could and when I was undergoing physio therapy during my recovery the physio therapist informed me that I still had a better degree of pantoflection (whatever that means lol) than most other people and asked me if I practiced Ballet!!!! Look at my profile pic can you picture me in a tutu (don't answer that lol). Anyway I made a full recovery, have full mobility and can still perform full force kicks with my right leg (even though the doctors have advised me not to lol).
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        Andy Thanks for that Rachel that explains why I haven't been able to find any reference to what my physio therapist was talking about lol, oh and I think I'll stick to cross training as opposed to cross dressing. :)
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        Andy Chris that is great! :)
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      Positives AND negatives for new martial arts students over 60?
      Since we have a good number of "mature" :) martial arts students & instructors on this site, I thought you might like to share some of your knowledge & give some advice. What would you tell to a person who was over 60 and thinking about joining a martial arts school? What positives & negatives would you discuss? What have you discovered being a 60+ year old martial artist? What advice would you give so they could get the most out of the training and avoid common training pitfalls for older students?

      What are your thoughts on injuries? Flexibility requirements? Balance? Keeping up with younger members? Strength improvements? Mental benefits? Other issues specific to older martial arts students?

      In addition, based on your experience, how does a new 60+ year old martial arts student differ from a new middle aged 40+ year old student? Would you give vastly different advice to these two student groups?

      Will
      Black Belt Wiki
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        Graeme Reay I've just done my returned to kyokushin karate as an almost 60 year old (March) returning after a gap of 8 years. I had reached 1st Dan when I stopped, due to a non-karate related serious back injury and a job change that meant I was then commuting 4 hours a day making it almost impossible to get to training sessions. I have a few initial observations to perhaps complement whats been said already:

        - Muscle memory stay with you for a lot longer than you might expect. Though I absolutely murdered the katas we ran through this week they are defintiely still inside me somewhere! A bit of solid application and practice will help to get them out

        - There is no substitute for good old solid repetition (see above) to help build technique but being that bit older maybe helps you use your brian more efficiently to break things down and get them right. Unlike some of the younger karateka who rush offf all flailing armsd and legs, impressing themselves with their own flexibility and speed but never quite nailing things properly. In a kata an averagely executed bloick, kick or punch is still average, no matter how fast you can do it. And accuracy and power can often trump speed

        - Like being a total beginner again, the hardest step is the one that takes you into the dojo, either for the first time or as a returner. Once you have made ithat step, things will get easier

        - While away from karate, not only did I lose physical strength, power and flexibility I lost mental strength and robustness too. It took me years to realise this. Already I can feel mental strength returning and this will help me greatly in my work and personal life. I value this as much or even more than the (slow) inprovements I am seeing in my physical capabilities

        - Have realistic expectations and set yourself small, incremental short-term goals. Acheiving them spurs you on. Failing to hit a major less realsistic goal might demoralsie you so much you give up

        - Work with what you have got and adapt. At 17 stone (240lbs 109kg) I am 2 stones heavier than I was whem I reached 1st Dan and it isnt going to disappear any time soon. Ok, I'm not as flexible as I was and sparring with lithe young kickers is a challenge but getting up closer to stop them dictating things and let me use MY approach, weight and techniques gives them something to think about

        - The 3 day rule still seems to apply. Train on Wednesday, ache on Thursday, hurt on Friday, raring to go again on Saturday!!

        To anyone of a similar age who is thinking of starting karate or returning after a long lay off all I can really say is, please give it a try. Don't let a number on a page be a barrier. Of course be sensible and careful, and get checked out medically beforehand if you have any concerns. The rewards will be fantastic and you will also meet some great people. The bonds you build can last for life
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        Graeme Reay Kyokushin dojo sparring this week. Now I can't tell whether my thighs are hurting because of trying to bunny hop up the dojo or from kicks during sparring. Both is suspect! But do you know what? I feel great. Alive! Only been a few weeks since I can back to training after a 7 year break but can already see and feel the difference it had made to both my fitness and confidence
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        David St. John 59 years old and returning to Shotokan Karate after 25 years. Stretch and stretch some more. Try not to let your brain try to tell your body to do what it could do 25 years ago.! Take it slow and have an understanding Sensei. Do what you can how you can.
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      Online instruction... where do we draw the line?
      With a few of the posts recently, I have been thinking what impact/role should the internet have in the expansion of martial arts.

      The way I see it, YouTube instructors aren't much different than the VCR sense's of the 80's. They demonstrate the movements, teach the terminology, and can reach far more people than at a physical location. The obvious limitations of VCR instruction is that although we can pause and rewind the tape, we can never get any more than what was recorded. We will never get feedback on how we are performing the techniques, we will never be able to ask questions or get further clarification. None of the concepts will ever be expanded upon (unless a new volume is released).

      YouTube has the benefit of being a living medium where comments can be made, questions added, and new content provided. However, the creators of videos in the 80's were highly reputable masters of their own style whereas literally anyone can be on YouTube. I have seen plenty of videos of alleged "masters" who were obvious frauds and people who claimed they can do "no touch knockouts". On the other hand, there are plenty of legitimate videos out there, like Sensei Ando and Karate Culture.

      So, my question for you is what is Ok to teach via YouTube, what kind of things should only be taught one-on-one and what is toeing the line? Should there be expectation for instructors to show their credentials in their videos or on their site? How should the Internet (YouTube and social media) be leveraged to promote a dojo?
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        Andy Completely agree with all posts on this thread! I would also add that without other trained personnel to spar against and learn with (and from) then you have absolutely no idea as to whether what you have learned via video is effective or not (and a genuine situation is certainly not the place to suddenly realise that your 'become a 12th dan Ninja in 6 months video' was complete horsecrap!
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        Will - Black Belt Wiki Personally, I think that online videos should only be used to reinforce what you have already learned (i.e. remind you of the steps in a particular kata) or to show to new techniques that you might want to practice with a trained martial arts instructor (as you need a live partner to learn how to apply a technique, a trained instructor to avoid injuries, a trained instructor to correct any mistakes, etc.).

        You see lots of schools starting to put out videos because they think the videos will help them to attract new students and will help to boost the credentials of the school & instructors.

        Will
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        Al W I use the interwebs to look at Kata, I learn it and then ask my instructor to help me iron out the kinks
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      Are martial arts movies good or bad for martial arts?
      Did you get sucked into martial arts after you had seen Bruce Lee fight his way upstairs the pagoda in “Game of Death”? Good, and you are certainly not the only one! But are martial arts movies actually good or bad for martial arts? Martial arts movies have undoubtedly been pivotal in popularizing once obscure, only regionally known self-defense systems. However, what is shown of these arts on the screen are (for the most part) flashy, heavily choreographed fighting scenes that bear little resemblance to the kind of real life combat that these systems were originally developed for (Bruce Lee himself once mentioned that that for his movies he preferred flashier over less flashy but more effective techniques). So, have martial arts movies shaped the way martial arts are perceived and through this corrupted them?
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        PAUL (paldo) REYNOLDS GOOD for martial arts!, I believe karate movies plays as a good marketing tool for interest and recruitment for those who have the desire to join a real karate class. Movies do motivate and create excitement, as most people realize that karate moves are rehearsed and is part of the fantasy world. Moreover, the moves had to be practiced by real karate individualists to make it into entertainment, so quality karate movements are recognized by those individualists. Even as a student of the arts; old karate movies provide a theme for entertainment and even a cultural lesson from the ancient times, and to some other karate-ka, it provides the technical expertise and meaning of techniques, that educates the practioner and practicing karate judges in identifying point contacts in there fight scenes. I do agree on the other hand, that karate movies can be sinuous, and they do shape the martial arts to a false-hood in real life. Today, the opinions of Internet karate junkies have no basis of professional karate degrees and experiences, that only confuse the young practicing karate-ka as they strive towards their karate journey. The only good measurement of this practice comes from the real experienced karate-ka to realize that, comparison of karate styles is controversal and has no relevance to one's karate development. In that, real life karate is a serious dedicated development, while movies are what they are, just movies for entertainment which causes karate enthusiasm!
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        Ray I am still asked when the spinning back jump flip kick with ninja stars and smoke will be taught.

        The other day I was closing down the gym when I was seriously asked. " how long till I can be like the guy from enter the badlands?" This was asked by an adult.

        I was once asked if I could get the instructor to skip all the "fluff training" and move on to the real ninja stuff.

        Calling the movies the gate way drug is puting it mildly
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        Al W Martial Arts in movies and tv shows could be considered the "Gateway Drug" for kids. They see famous MA practitioners perform flash moves and think "Wow I want to do that".

        As [171668,Will - Black Belt Wiki] said, without movies the MA community would be very small.
        On the plus side there would be less McDojos
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      How to be better fighter than a UFC or MMA fighter?
      Was training in a park recently with more experienced friend

      A passerby walked up and said that we looked good but asked if it could beat an MMA fighter. Before i could say anything my friend spoke up.

      "Absolutely....UFC has 31 rules - i have none. I would break every rule there is and probably a few they didnt even think to make."

      It was a great response!
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        Bobby McFarlane HAHA. As the "arrogant" guy who is being quoted in the original post (thanks for the undo praise Chris) I feel I should throw in my two cents. Because it is easy and even understandable to make assumptions about me and my philosophy when everyone fills in the blanks around one phrase I spoke. Everyone here is making good points. The question asked was in the context of, is it possible for you, a more traditional martial artist, to beat a professional. This is usually and in this case asked in a out of the ring self defense context. Not "can you personally beat any given MMA fighter I put in front of you right now?" And not "Will you beat an MMA fighter?" It would be bold to assume I could beat any given person without some information on the scenario. and even then "shit happens" is a real possibility... I could lose to a ten year old girl with a well placed even accidental strike. Likely? no. But possible. ... Let me deconstruct the biggest points here to explain my answer a bit more.

        "There is no saying an MMA fighter wont fight dirty."
        Totally true but not substantial. I train in a traditional combative art that looks for dirty fighting and aims to defend dirty fighting as well as use it. Fool proof? No... but the reason I say I will break their rules first, is because they usually don't train to defend those things because it would be a waste of training time for them. If you end up in a fight with a Pro boxer I would expect you would not go toe to toe with boxing techniques... kick him in the shin, the groin, wrap him up and grapple with him and he is going to have a lot more trouble with you. Many MMA techniques are built to be somewhat air tight... IF certain rules protect them. This is not exclusive to MMA its true in every martial art mine included. Techniques outside our wheelhouse are dangerous. An MMA rear naked choke is devastating and I challenge you to tell me how you would get out of it in the ring. Put an MMA fighter in a rear naked, cinch it in nice and tight and correctly and ask him to get out for the sake of his life before he passes out... and watch him struggle to get his chin down push your arm up wiggle etc... it wont work. Drive a thumb deep through his eye ball (yes this takes practice but yes I have practice), he will go. Sand in the eyes, clawing, kicking while they are down, weapons... Pro fighters don't usually train these things. Does that make me a better fighter? Heck No. MMA fighters are amazing fighters and athletes. Is it POSSIBLE to beat them in a fight? yep, start by breaking their rules and being a trained fighter yourself. True of any martial art or sport art.

        Comparing Martial arts as better or worse is foolish in most cases. You can train MMA 6 days a week and never fully pressure test your skills and end up a less effective fighter. You can ALSO train at a McDojo two nights a week and go home and work your butt off to understand the art, pressure test your skills in a safe environment, study the details, work through drills and become an excellent fighter out of a McDojo. VERY few fights ever really come down to my art is better than yours, that's the stuff of movies and video games. A real fight is too complex to fully calculate... it is one person vs another in one situation vs another with whatever level of awareness and readiness they have going for them THAT DAY. We train with the goal of our worst day being better than our opponents best day but that is not always the cards we are dealt. In any fight you should avoid the fight first because you likely have NO IDEA how it will go... if you end up in a fight you do your best with what you have but you better believe the more good training you have, the more likely it will be POSSIBLE to overcome your opponent whether they are an MMA fighter or an untrained child. Never underestimate your opponent...

        Side note... Yeah I know its the internet but don't ASSUME that everyone who says anything that you disagree with out of context is untrained, inexperienced, arrogant, or even being fully understood. They probably aren't... but maybe they are :P
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        Al W UFC/MMA shouldn't be the standard to which all MA are judged against.
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        James I agree broadly with both. One of the problems is that many of the techniques that are outide the rulebook either are very very difficult to land on a trained fighter or simply arent as effective as we'd like to believe.for example trying to get s thumb in the eye of a trained fighter is easier said than done and even if you get there as unpleasant as it may be its not a fight ender on its own. Strikes to the groin can take several seconds for the pain to register and can be fought through. The reality is that most of the fight ending knock out stuff is trained in by UFC guys every day and as [171807,Andy] says the key is to be as strong, fast and conditioned as they are as well as having a variety of interesting techniques to give you an exrra advantage.
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      Is boxing a martial art?
      Is boxing considered to be a martial art by traditional martial artists?
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        Rob Wallace The sweet science, I would say definitely yes.....perhaps not in the traditional sense... but I would say fits all the markers of a martial art.
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        Luke I would say yes and no. It is one in its own right, but it mainly has a sport focus. Doesn't mean you cant beat the crap out of someone or that it doesn't install disipline, respect or fitness. Its kind of good for aggression building actually and the tangent is stopping.
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        Rhett Keiser Boxing is the U.S. version of martial arts.
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      Happy Birthday Blackbelt Wiki Community!
      Yes we are now officially 1 year old! First of all a big thank you to @Will - Black
      Belt Wiki for creating this community out of the ashes of the old black belt wiki message boards! I personally believe that this community is the best place currently available on the Internet for fellow martial artists to meet, discuss MA topics and interact in a safe and no
      BS environment. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank and congratulate ALL fellow members for their contributions and for making my job as a community moderator so easy! Looking back over the past year it is perhaps ironic that I (as a moderator) have probably been the worst behaved on here (except for
      [172080,Rachel DS] who should be ashamed of herself for being such a bad influence and leading me astray on so many occasions)! :)
      My only wish is that more of our 300+ members would get involved and post something (anything!!! Lol). May our community continue to go from strength to strength (quick pass the barf bag!) and continue for many more years to come!
      I would also like to say a big 'screw you!' to all of the spam merchants that either I (but much more so Will) have had to delete and ban over this last year! Osu :)
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        Keston Destiny I want to thank Black Belt Wiki for allowing someone like me with no knowledge of karate into your lives. My daughters have been so prosperous on their journey through karate and it's been an enjoyment to be alongside them. I'm proud to say that after 14 trophies, 5 medals, and 5 tournaments my girls will be advancing to yellow belt on June 9th. So I'm very happy for this community and pardon my lack of activity, I do care.
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        Christopher Adamchek Wow, one year already
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        Rachel DS It has been a pleasure leading you astray [171807,Andy] and I mean that in the most innocent way possible. It is important to have a sense of humour at least proportional to one's sense of passion. I have certainly got a lot out of being involved in this online community and hope it kicks on despite the occasional knock out joke from any of us. 😂 O tonjobi emedeto gosaimashita and domo arigato gosaimashita to [171668,Will - Black Belt Wiki] for creating the community!
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      Member's Showcase
      I see videos on here of people at competitions, and various other forms of media. Wouldn't it be nice if we could see each other perform our respective styles/arts? So I'm creating this post just for that, no videos of Chuck Norris roundhousing squirrels or any other videos of non -members.

      Criticism is always welcome but keep it clean and no bullying. Remember we're all different with different levels of skills and athletic ability
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        Al W Me performing Heian Nidan at the 2016 AMA Southern Open in Maidstone Kent


        https://youtube.com/watch?v=HXJff2lIX8o

        This was my first competition and I was nervous as hell
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        Will - Black Belt Wiki Just a quick reminder. This is a wiki "community" and not a martial arts school or blog marketing service. Simple links to your blog or school will be seen as semi-spam and will be deleted.

        Nevertheless, we would be glad to add your school or blog to our school directory or blog directory.

        Will
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        (deleted) https://www.facebook.com/andrea.harkins.75/videos/10208985918598175/?l=4067436148721413594

        This is just working out in the back yard!
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      Luca Valdesi - Unsu kata
      Demonstration of Unsu Kata
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        John Luttrell As part of our club's 15th anniversary we had a course on Unsu with Sensei Hazard and Sensei Trimbel it was excellent and we all learned a great deal. If you get a chance to train with either of these gentlemen you will learn a lot.
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        Al W Can anyone help me develop the jump in this kata? I need to learn to perform the Sempu Tobi Geri on both legs for reasons that will remain classified at present
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        Al W If I could be half as good as him then I would count myself lucky
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      Trials & tribulations of running a martial arts school
      What are the major problems of running a martial arts school? Does it involve finding students, accidents, training monotony, weekend schedules, non payers, legal issues, etc.?

      Since we have a number of martial arts school instructors and/or owners in this community (such as [171786,Christopher Adamchek] , [174082,Andrea Harkins The Martial Arts Woman]" , [186241,Nathalie] , [181642,Ced] , [175467,Kenneth Winthrop] , [178814,Patrick Lee] and many others), I thought they might share their "trials & tribulations" in order to educate others.

      Will
      Black Belt Wiki
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        Nathalie Hello everyone,

        My boyfriend and I operate a kyokushin karate school and I am training 2 teens to become junior black belts and 1 girl who is going for her first dan at the age of 24. This young lady has been avid at our school since 2011. Listening, being present, showing up, training, etc...Now, she trains 5-6 days per week to prep for the big test. I love her determination and she is very sweet.

        The thing is that she is very soft in her movements as in katas, she speaks very low, when she is quizzed, if we can't read lips, we don't get what her answer is and she has never kiai'd in the 5 years that she's been with us. She is very shy and does not socialize with anyone. Not that she has to but there is never a conversation unless someone else engages her, she just picks up her stuff after class and she is gone in a flash.

        I can kind of relate to her because growing up and as a young adult, I was morbidly shy but I made myself get over it and though I get fleeting thoughts of self-doubt sometimes, I don't let those get in my way. I even remember being shy to kiai in class and thinking, after a few years of hearing others just let it all out, that I better get over that one before I get noticed as the one who is scared to kiai so I just do it from the gut, especially since my brown belt level training for my bb test.

        I have explained the meaning of the kiai to the group (oh, and they do it but they hold back so much) (thank you Jesse, btw, for your great articles, I love referring to them) the importance of putting power into their katas plus how important the breathing is as in Sanchin kata . She will nod, agree and just continue to do what she usually does, soft punches and mouth shut, not a sound of breath nor kiai.

        One of my previous instructors who is strict suggested that during the kata part of the test, we should make them all redo the katas over and over until done perfectly (as in our usual way of testing) but make sure all the kiais are heard clearly otherwise this segment won't end.

        My first question is: Is it not a must at this level? and How do I make her feel secure enough to express herself? (believe it or not she has a masters degree in communications).

        Thank you for your attention

        Nathalie
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        Ray Late to the party but.....

        I do not own or run my school. Nor do I have a real say in anything.

        I do have the largest class. My own account for gear with kwon u.s.a. I get everyone set up for tournaments open up most days, and sub for some of the other instructors on a regular basis.

        My biggest obstacle is not owning my own gym.
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        Ced I am confident that between the various opinions you will find what works best for you. Good luck wish you much success.
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      Have you ever encountered a fake black belt?
      Have you ever encountered a fake black belt? While kids have been known to "exaggerate"... have you encountered any adults who have lied about their martial arts experience?

      I am asking because of a video that is going viral that shows a BJJ instructor going off on a fake black belt - http://www.inquisitr.com/2235940/miami-martial-arts-instructor-ruben-alvarez-outed-fake-black-belt-berates-him-to-wear-white-belt-if-he-wants-to-return/

      Will
      Black Belt Wiki
      http://www.blackbeltwiki.com
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        Christopher Adamchek I havent encountered a "fake" black belt
        but i have encountered "black belts" who are definitely not up to par and the result of their school wanting money so they push the student through the ranks to collect promotional fees
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        PAUL (paldo) REYNOLDS Konnichiwa ! This blog has now lost its composure and smells of burn't french fries. Time for a refund and a new batch .
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        Al W "In Okinawa belt mean no need rope to hold up pants"
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      Walls can be used as a martial arts weapon
      Many martial art styles and techniques take advantage of the floor as a weapon but a good solid wall can be just as good a friend to the martial artist in self defence and actual combat situations. Most walls are as solid and unforgiving as the floor and can be used to great effect in the martial arts. An opponent/attacker can be pushed with great force (by using a double open palm thrust to the chest, a technique that anyone familiar with sanchin should be already be versed in), you can catch an oncoming punch or strike and then spin to throw your attacker into a wall, also the effect of most high range kicks or punches can be doubled if you can position yourself so that the attackers head or back will connect with the wall on execution. You can practice some of the pushing or throwing techniques with a partner by placing several mats against a wall but I would only recommend using kicks or punches in conjunction with walls as a means of actual self defence.
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        Superamazingbadgerman Yea, for a complete system, you really do need to understand walls.

        They're a very common surface to have around only a dazed and confused fool wouldn't use, not to mention the fact that if you're in a confined space and someone does something that (hopefully) they'll regret, you're probably gonna get thrown into one (whether anyone intends it to happen or not).

        Obviously, your first resort (or second. or third...) should never be to back into one yourself (unless you'd be completely overwhelmed if you don't), but you need to be able to work with your back to the wall (after having been violently shoved into it by multiple RIPPED attackers) anyway. If a mugger or assassin or extortionist or whoever catches you by surprise (and if they're any good at it, they will), they would (or at least I would) likely slam you against a nearby wall and start threatening you with a knife or a gun or their bare hands or whatever they might have (not that I would do anything like that to you guys). You need answers for that just as effective as your answers for one on one unarmed combat.

        It's also nice to know how to work with one yourself since it's a neutral surface (like the ground) that takes a lot less effort to put someone into. You can more easily submit your attacker to the wall than you can to the ground (though it's less effective and certainly less disorienting), so you should study how you would do that from several positions before you need to do it for real.
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        Andy [171668,Black Belt Wiki] that is a great point Will, and many self defence principles advocate NOT getting backed up against a wall. Another good one if you ever do find yourself pinned against a wall by an attacker is to slide down the wall to create a little space between yourself and your attacker, bring up your knee, place your foot against your attackers hip and then perform a thrust using the wall for extra leverage.
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        Andy [172304,Llewena Carrero], some Jujutsu/BJJ techniques can be modified to work vertically but the laws of gravity apply so many cant, it is still a good extra set of skills to add to your overall martial arts catalogue though :)
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      Teaching combinations
      Hi. I really enjoyed the section on teaching kids. Does anyone have ideas about how to teach 40 combinations, like we have in Shukokai? It is hard for the kids to remember them, and not easy to teach. Open to any ideas!
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        Will - Black Belt Wiki Whoops think I misunderstood. Just looked up Shukokai combinations - these are short kihon.

        Definitely make it into a game. Try breaking the kids into teams and make them compete against each other in doing the combinations correctly.

        Make it fun - throw out the combinations in a different order and if they get it right, you do push-ups! :)

        Will
        Black Belt Wiki
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        Christopher Adamchek incrementally is good focusing on a section but also show them the whole thing each time so they know what it is and dont think that you are treating them like they are little

        simplified bunkai , showing the kids how it works and have them act it out with others

        teach them kata concepts like turning direction and blocking hand that way youre not just correcting them each time or telling them to switch hands but you can help them figure it out by asking them which way they turned

        with kids sometimes its better to let them get the pattern of the whole thing then go back and almost reteach it with added details
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        Will - Black Belt Wiki Hi Fiona

        How do you teach it now? You probably already do this but do you break each kata into "chunks"? For example, do they learn the first 25% of the kata during week one (and get a tape)... and practice the first 50% in week 2, practice first 75% in week 3 and finally the whole kata in week 4?

        Do you teach Shito-Ryu katas or does Shukokai have separate katas?

        What is needed for each kid at different belt level? How many must they know for their black belt?

        Sorry for the thousand questions. :) Just trying to get some more info so people can help you.

        Will
        Black Belt Wiki
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      What is "hard" and "soft" karate styles?
      What does it mean when you see a karate style labeled as "hard" or "soft"? Does hard mean you chew on iron nails for breakfast and soft is tai chi-like? :)

      Seriously, wikipedia labels some karate styles harder than others - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_karate_styles

      Also according to the opinion of karate students (and not wikipedia) - what is the hardest karate style? And what is the softest karate style?

      Thanks in advance for your thoughts.
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        Bryce Hard and soft styles, in my own personal experience, tend to be all about how one approaches blocking. In hard styles (in karate, at least) such as Shotokan, you see blocks which have a lot of power, and the point of these blocks is often not only to avoid injury yourself, but to injure the opponent as well with the power of the block. In order to put up with the impact created by such powerful blocks, practitioners of hard styles will often take part in exercises to toughen up their bodies (see Kyokushin karate).

        Soft styles, on the other hand, tend to focus on staying relaxed during a fight and tend to redirect or avoid their opponent's energy as opposed to directly clashing with it. This means that the blocks themselves only use enough energy to avoid injury, in theory allowing the soft-style practitioner to retain their energy for later in the fight (with enough endurance training and body control their is obviously no difference in endurance levels between practitioners of different styles; this is just the theory). Wado-Ryu karate is one example of a soft style; the style blends the relaxed, circular movements of Japanese jiujutsu with the hard, direct strikes of Japanese karate in a style of movement called Taisabaki (or body shifting). In this, the practitioner shifts away from the opponents strikes using their core, employing their blocking hand merely as a safety measure to ensure that the punch or kick does not redirect (in theory, one could perform this part of taisabaki without moving their arms at all). This places the practitioner away from the opponent's strike, but closer to the opponent themselves, allowing the practitioner to move their shifted body weight into the opponent with their counterattack.

        One of the other black belts once asked my sensei which was better, and in response he said "punch is punch; kick is kick." In other words, both types of martial art can be deadly. It depends on yourself and your teacher, not the style itself.

        (Note: Sorry that the soft style explanation is larger; I am a practitioner of Wado-Ryu, and I have more experience with it than I do the hard styles. I felt I should only explain as far as I understood).
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        SenseiMG For those who wonder why Kyokushin is considered the hardest karate I will give you some answer. Foundator of kyokushin or a main figure like Shigeru Oyama thought that there was no practice without sweat. Also, combat practice was their priority. Courses included training with pads but many movements are done directly on a partner. Talking about the first Kyokushin school in Tokyo, Shigeru Oyama said: « Face punches were allowed at this time. I was surprised to find that everyone had their hands wrapped in towels. Teeth will cut your hands. So everyone had their hands wrapped in towels.» Also, at that time, the hyakunin kumite (fighting against 100 man consecutively) has to be done to become a teacher of this discipline. Today, kyokushin become "softer(!)" in order to keep more students in their rank, but many traditions remains in the actual pratice and in the virtues of kyokushin. There is no more face punches but kick to the head is allowed, hyakunin kumite still exists as the ultimate challenge for those who wish to accomplish it and black belt exams include tameshiwari (breaking techniques) and many kumite (usually between 15 to 20 combats against different opponents for a shodan) in addition to kihons and katas.
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        Andy In practically all martial art (certainly of the oriental variety) hard and soft are both parts of the whole and one cannot be practiced without the other, Kata is considered a 'soft' technique (though it does incorporate many hard elements) because it involves visualisation, timing, accuracy (all soft/internal elements that should also be applied to sparring and other hard external elements). The thing is that it is generally a misconception (perpetuated by the Ashida Kim's of the martial arts world) that there are specific hard and soft styles. Take Tai Chi, it is often taught and practised by old ladies in village halls as a healthy exercise, there is however a real combat (hard) application of genuine Tai Chi and in it's hard element it is a devastating martial art. In Karate,Kata should also be practised under dynamic/isometric tension to strengthen the internal and external parts of the body which is another reason why Kata are included in the soft aspect of training.
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      Where are all the karate women?
      I would like to connect with other women in MA. I train in traditional Japanese / Okinawan karate and am very often the only XX in class. I would like to connect with other like minded women who think it isn't crazy to train in MA.
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        Carman Cole I believe as a woman the key to getting us in karate is our families. Finding ways to connect with our children and spend time with them. Showing our family how to be loyal, patient, and respect esp.with my two boys, is so important. Families that practice together stay together. 😄
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        (deleted) p.s. personally, I would love to see more woman participate in karate and martial arts regardless of the distinctions I mention - the more folks the merrier I say.
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        Dr. Elizabeth Mattke Howdy! I'm kinda new here...kinda not, but I'm a martial arts woman whom will be testing next week for my orange belt in Okinawan Kempo Karate looking forward to it. I have my 1stances degree black belt in Krav Maga. Blessings.
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      Is realistic self-defense training a contradiction in itself?
      There are countless providers that claim to offer realistic self-defense training. Routinely implied in in such claims is that other, more traditional schools/dojos/styles fail to address this. However, I am wondering if realistic self-defense training is possible at all. Here are some thoughts, and as always, any feedback is greatly appreciated:

      Self-defense training can never be realistic because...

      … it takes place in a non-threatening environment. There is (hopefully) no hostility, no name calling, no intimidating etc. You know your training partners, the instructors and the location. The training starts and ends at a specific time. You go there for the purpose of training self-defense and are in a corresponding state of mind, that is, you know that you will, in one way or another, engage in attacking and defending.

      … your training partner will never attack with the same determination as the “bad dude” on the street or in a bar. A training partner doesn’t act in blind rage and is cautious of possible counter attacks. This leads to a rather different dynamic.

      … there are implicit or explicit dos and don’ts in the dojo (e.g. no groin kicks, no eye gouges). You’re neither allowed to apply such “illicit” techniques, nor do you have to worry that your partner might.

      Or course I’m not suggesting that self-defense training is futile, but I think it’s very important to remember that no matter how and where you train, it can only ever be a rough approximation to a real self-defense situation.
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        Andy Here is a link to a genuine expert on the reality based application of traditional martial arts (my father used to work for him as a security supervisor in a large shopping mall and before anyone makes any 'mall cop' jokes, you should know that the 'real' stuff they had to put up with on a daily basis was in many cases worse than what I had to contend with as a bouncer!)
        http://peterconsterdine.com/portal/
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        Guillaume Chan Hey @nico, this is a really interesting topic. I just wanted to react to your different points and add some others that could help you with your thinking.

        1 - You're totally right. Fortunately, some schools are getting very creative in order to train you for real situation. Some exercises can be done to put you in a stress state to practice your techniques. For example, sparring against two opponents is a great exercise to work on your self-control and cardio because this is really oppressive. Another could be to close your eyes, turn spin around for a few seconds and when you opened your eyes someone attacks you.

        2 - Unfortunately, I think you're right.

        3 - This depends on which fighting sport you practice. Some, like Krav Maga or Systema, totally encourage to kick your partner in the groin even in the dojos. It just depends on your school methods and of course our partner will have to wear adequate protection. Many traditional martial art schools tend to change toward a more self-defense approach.

        To conclude, I would say that it's true, you will never be able to simulate real life aggressions but you can try to get as close to it as possible and that will already make a huge difference. Secondly, practicing self-defense is not all about techniques. It also teaches self-confidence and attitude. Self-confidence may dissuade more than one assailant. Attitude may teach you to avoid threatening situation or how to react to it.
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        Christopher Adamchek i agree with the rough approximate to real self defense situation
        but..
        - i introduce realistic acting where for the time of the training drill, i am not your instructor or friend, ill call you names, intimidate you, and push you around.
        - i dont hit to kill or mame, but an attacker is going to try and hit my students so i owe it to them to try just as hard to hit them.
        - i have some of my students train using "illicit" technies in these same drils, and i use them on my students showing them better how someone might fight, in one drill i went right for his throat grabbing the cartilage of his trachea

        your right that you can only get close, but i aim to make that "close" as close as possible
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      Answering "Does martial arts work?"
      This guy is my new hero. He hits it right on the head.
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        Andy [218075,Michael], great video and excellent explanation, I mostly agree in the respect that there are some practitioners (and I don't mean this in a derogatory manner it is just a fact of life) that are not physically or mentally cut out for fighting, they only attend class a couple of times a week, don't actively condition or seek out the depth/source of the principles of application for which their respective MA were originally developed. Where I disagree (and it is nitpicking really not a major disagreement) is that I still believe that ANY amount of MA training will (or should) make an individual more able to defend themselves than would have been the case had they had no MA training at all. Even the basic blocks we learn from day one as a shiny new white belt have the potential to stop or redirect a fist from the face and my contention is that just by knowing that basic block you are now better able to defend yourself (even if you are not or ever going to be in a position to take out Mike Tyson).
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        Andrew Doran Depends what you mean by work. Years ago I was teaching a youth martial arts class. When a woman entered my dojo and said my son was diagnosed with a.d.d.. Do you think this class would help my son. I stated....I didn't know; try the class for two or three weeks an see if there is a change. I won't charge for the class; in two or three weeks if there is an improvement we'll go from there. Time past an in three weeks the mom came in before class started.. She gave me a big hug an said the class had helped her son so much.. She said he's more focused an concentrates more with no problems in school.......She had tears in her eyes an a smile on her face...
        Does martial arts work.......Yes...For all the right reasons
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        Christopher Adamchek Well said
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      The Purpose of "Hikite" in Karate
      A good explanation on why the opposite hand is returned to the belt during a punching drill in traditional martial arts training.

      Will
      Black Belt Wiki
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        PAUL (paldo) REYNOLDS Splendid explaination ! Also I was impressed with the Mindsets of Traditional Karate. The state of the mind in Zanshin, Mushin, Fodoshin and Shoshin. I often still use them in meditation more by getting to know there meanings thru personal experiences of life. I didn't medicate as a young man, I became involved thru experimentation after counselings with my friend and late Shihan Kousaku Yokota of Shotokan karate.
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        Christopher Adamchek It also works as a counter weight addin power into a strike (without grabbing the opponent)
        As well as an elbow strike for close quarters against 2 opponents
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        Andy [171668,Will - Black Belt Wiki], excellent video and a great explanation there by Sensei Enkamp.
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      KICK
      What is the best kick in taekwondo?
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        Hermit Too many to pick just one. I usually plug the cresent kick (I like the outer cresent kick better than inner) just due to versatility, it makes for good block, can score a nice head or body strike, makes a good kick to use to try and move opponent in a direction you want. All while keeping a good aggressive stance and not requiring you to turn your body too much. Also good for a setup to another kick (ie 360 turning), which is another one I favor, well the jumping turning kick anyway, it's one of the few kicks that has always felt "right" when doing it right from the start. The 360 is a really useful kick when the situation and setup click in just right, but I'm still polishing that one up (and it needs a fair bit "o" polish otherwise it opens you up too much in a match). [239084,Natasha] I'm learning that a good position of your non kicking knee, during the last bit of the spin is really important. Practicing setup of the kick, getting that front foot (kicking foot) in a good sideways position and already on the ball of the foot. progress into the spin and work on bringing that non kicking knee up with good position (45 angle) coming up for the fulcrum at the end of the spin (don't even follow through for the first while of practice) helps the world, that and getting used to quick turn of the head for spotting your target don't launch off with the kicking leg until you have spotted your target, it helps prevent jumping too soon in the spin.
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        Dan Wilkins I believe the side kick to the ribs is the most effective due to the force with which it is delivered.
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        Natasha [238427,Dan Wilkins] I agree with what you are saying.
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      Welcome to all of our recent new members
      I want to welcome the following new members:

      [239660,David Byler] , [239549,Hossein] , [239548,Graeme Reay] , [239422,Nick Santa Anna] , [239394,Marcus Moore] , [239264,Paul Helton] , [239260,Simon Mackenzie] , [239205,Rock Carey Sr.] , [239198,Vicki Sheppard] , [239047,Thenu] , [238987,Rob Wallace] , [238957,Nigel Patrick McCann] , [238712,John Yokley] , [238663,Paul Hankle] , [238500,Theresa A Kanost] , [238428,Jose Gabriel Gonzalez] , [238279,Cathy Walker] , [238276,Cindy Plachinski] , [238201,Michael Reedy] , [238157,Jakki] , [238128,Nigel Kersh] , [237928,Ernie Esajas] , [237813,Michael Johnson] , [237770,steven m ashby] , [237635,Lorenzo Ferrari] , [237449,Robert Reppert] and everyone else that joined recently... as my fingers are getting worn out from typing in all of these names. :)

      Please remember that all of the topics (even the popular top rated topics i.e. best martial arts movie) are still open for your replies, votes, etc. Top rated posts - http://community.blackbeltwiki.com/top

      Since you are new to the community, I hope you will use this post to say hello & get comfortable with the posting system of this community (FYI - It is easy. You just have to start writing something in the "write a comment" box below). Then, of course, I hope you will also reply to some of the other martial arts topics on this community. :)

      Will
      Black Belt Wiki
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      Do any of you who train primarily in Aikido, also train in another martial art?
      Do any of you who train primarily in Aikido, also train in another martial art?

      If so, what are your reasons for doing so? And why did you pick the specific martial arts (other than Aikido) you picked?
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        Mark Winter I studied many martial arts before Aikido _ Ishinryu Karate - Military hand to hand - Judo and Jujitsu - plus being a wrestler through high school and college. I now primarily practice Aikido but I do study other martial arts and self defense techniques and incorporate many of them into my Aikido practice and teachings. I chose Aikdo as my primary art because I like that way that you take the balance of the opponent and move in such a way that is contrary to "normal" defense - keeping a good distance from the attacker and moving in off line which catches an opponent off balance.
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        Al W I do karate but would love to take up Aikido once again
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        Joe Bramblett For me, non competitive jiujitsu was a way to expand on aikido. The instructors have been open to bringing aikido principles and techniques into the system when they achieve an objective more reliably or with less effort, but without a decades-long learning curve like some aspects of timing and subtle kuzushi can have.
        Plus grappling seemed like a good idea, since I'm a few decades away from being confident that nobody will get me on the ground.
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      Hi there
      I've been on hiatus from Taekwondo for the last year for health-related issues(I need to get more cardio in & try to lose some weight as well in the process). In the meantime, I'm reviewing a few Taegeuk Forms. I'm able to retain a lot of the skills & such to resume, but it might be awhile.
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        Michael Welcome back
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        Andy Hi [197922,Steve Marshall] good to have you back :) both in MA training and here on the community.
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        ChuckD Hi Steve You can use forms to work your way back in to TKD. You can use forms to work on cardio, just start going through them at a low enough intensity to make sure everything is ok health/body wise and then you can start doing them with more intensity as you feel better. Good luck!
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      Mindful Martial Arts (or Senior Martial Artists As They Age)
      Some say writing a book of martial arts is egotestic and others revere the knowledge. However,the subconscious wonders how long does it take to be satisfied with your M.A. training. There maybe points in your martial arts time that challenges your pace etc. What would you do after your ACTIVE competitive martial arts is completed ?
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        Martin Alcala For me my training as gone full circle in learning the arts and trained in full contact in the mid 70's. There was a time span of over ten years I traveled in the US, Canada and Europe in film and tv production where I was not at one place to have an effective training experience. In 1998 I met up with my original Instructor and I started training again. That was the catalyst for me to start understanding why I was training, it wasn't to learn how to beat the other guy like we did in the 70's, but to fully experience the training in techniques and forms and weapons. To learn about myself and enjoy the process, so for me it is the constant learning about myself and I transfer this knowledge to younger black belts. I am never satisfied, but the enjoyment, is in the training experience.
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        James When I can no longer sensibly compete full contact, which realistically won't be too many years from now, I find enough intrinsic value in the training to keep me actively involved. I will continue to push myself to whatever my new limits are as I age and focus on kata and teaching others. Ill continue to spar in the dojo long after my desire and abilty to compete is eroded by the years. There is always something you can do.to keep your mind focused even when the body ismt as spritely as it once was!
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        Richie All martial artists have a way of looking at things. Even if you do a very traditional style and hold tight to a curriculum. Spread your thoughts, write them down and share for younger or even older students. There is nothing egotistical with writing your philosophy and story.

        The people that would talk crap about it are the people that don't know how or not have enough to make into a book.
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      New School Blues
      So as it stands I am currently running a class on a Thursday night, on my instructors advice, but at present all I have is at most 5/6 students.

      It's two classes back-to-back and only 2/3 students do both lessons. I've advertised on Social Media, and leaflet drop in the local area for more students, but at present I am struggling to keep the focus of what students I do have, who also train at our main club on other days of the week.

      Any help?
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        Andy @Al W, you need to be creative with the name/description of your class, you need to advertise something that will get people's attention, I don't know, maybe something like Big AL's MMA KRAV-BJJ Martial Arts and fitness accademy. Join NOW and receive a 10% discount towards my 'Realistic Chain Saw defence' seminar this coming December, dont forget, Free entry on Thursday to ALL female students (provided they are between the ages of 20
        -40 and pass the 'Fitness' test (if the bouncers think your fit they'll let you in) :)
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        Jean We're about to embark on this path within the next year. I interested to see the ideas that will come out in this thread.
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        Ray Try being a karate school at an mma gym. We have a all included program. Many pay for it. Only 6 kids participate in the karate program full time. Of course we get dozens to filter thru. I have 12 at my sparring class. Of course waivers are signed.

        After we swept a local sparring tournament last year my karate class grew to almost 20..... and now I am back to the original 4 plus 2.
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      Taekwondo KO's in MMA
      Taekwondo In Action
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        Will - Black Belt Wiki I know that the video is supposed to show KOs but I am amazed that the "victims" of these tornado kicks just stand there and watch the spin vs. moving in and jamming the kick.
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        Ray The axe kick was fierce. A favorite kick to watch. Sadly I can not throw it effectively.
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        Christopher Adamchek Good tornado kicks
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      Non-traditional martial arts strength training
      Jesse Encamp posted the below video for a strength training program he has which is designed around Karate.

      https://youtu.be/fO0XIENrCfs

      Not trying to undercut his product, do you have any non-traditional exercises/workouts designed with your MA in mind?
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        Richie Make a slosh bar. I used the black pipe because it is thicker and the glue is cheaper. You can also get the screw on caps to remove or add water or other things. I put rocks in mine sometimes.

        Great for balance work, forearms, and sticky hands training (moving with the water)

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bA8ATctYX90
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        Ray When I was in the military we would pull duses around a field, one time we moved several thousand sand bags for p.t. I imagine Imy self doing something similar in the near future.
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        James I tend to go through phases of doing "odd stuff" (description courtesy of my wife). At the moment i'm doing a lot of "odd stuff" to strengthen the core like abdominal planks with 110 - 130lb of weight on my back held for 3 reps of between 1 min - 1 min 30 The reason for the weight differences is mainly which one of my son or daughter to sit on my back :) I spend a fair bit of time in head stand doing upside down splits and leg raises and for cardio i'm doing 100 full burpees within a five minute time frame every couple of days. I also do lots of press up variations, elevated, vertical, weighted ( again courtesy of the kids!), one armed, diamond, etc, etc.
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      Sesame Street: Cookie's Crumby Pictures- The Biscotti Kid (Karate Kid Parod...
      Fun Karate Kid Parody
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        Rachel DS Snacks on, snacks off..an oldie but a goodie.....anyone who follows my blog will know just why I love this so much.
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        Andy I must say though, I am slightly concerned with the limited grading syllabus of Biscotti Ryu karate! :)
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        Will - Black Belt Wiki Pretty funny. "Fly Kwon Do" looked pretty tough. :)

        They did a good job of muppet-ifying Mr. Miyagi.

        Will
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      The Definition of Martial Arts
      How would you define a martial arts in 50 words or less? Try to make your definition cover all aspects so no martial arts style is forgotten (i.e. weapon-based martial arts). Don't look at a dictionary because the answer can be incomplete as there are so many types of martial arts. Please try to state the definition in your own words versus just copying Wikipedia, etc. Moreover, the definition should help to show how martial arts is different from just plain brawling.

      Members - Please vote up the best definition (as it will be tough to cover all aspects of what is a martial arts - physical fitness, self-defense, philosophy, historic traditions, training, etc. - in 50 words or less). Reward them with a thumbs up! :)

      Also if a response is missing an important factor, please point it out. Help us to come up with a perfect definition!

      Will
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        Kathryn Carson Any training that treats the mind/body connection of a human being as a skill to be honed, thereby strengthening an individual's ability to project precisely controlled force in a considered way.

        Or, if you want to be funny, "breath fu." ;-)
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        James Marital arts- acts of intimacy carried out with growing infrequency between husband and wife with or without weapons. Hang on.......did I misread the question?
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        PAUL (paldo) REYNOLDS Martial Arts is universally revered as self-protection in offensive / defensive systems of either non-contact or combative contact with or without weapons systems. There are non-codified / codified systems that have developmental levels that are taught in groups with individual testing in proficiency levels (belt/grade) certifications!
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      7 MARTIAL ARTS YOU PROBABLY NEVER HEARD OF
      Some Less Well Known Martial Arts
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        Will - Black Belt Wiki Just put up a quick wiki page on Lerdrit - http://www.blackbeltwiki.com/lerdrit

        If there are any Thai martial arts experts, please feel to add some additional info on Lerdrit on this thread and I will transfer it to the main wiki.

        Will
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        Will - Black Belt Wiki Interesting video

        I didn't have Lerdrit. A military version of Muay Thai/Muay Boran... sounds cool (and extremely effective). I will definitely add that one to the wiki!

        FYI - Others are on the wiki :)

        Jailhouse Rock - http://www.blackbeltwiki.com/jailhouse-rock
        Dambe - http://www.blackbeltwiki.com/dambe
        Kalaripayattu (Kalari Payat) - http://www.blackbeltwiki.com/kalaripayattu
        Silat - http://www.blackbeltwiki.com/silat
        Okichitaw - http://www.blackbeltwiki.com/okichitaw
        Systema - http://www.blackbeltwiki.com/systema

        Will
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        Andy Here are a couple more videos focusing on 'Jailhouse Rock' (the Prison derived martial art system, not the Elvis movie :)
        https://youtu.be/38uVH9-DCdk
        https://youtu.be/uu0VREWleck
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      Own Dojo
      From all of you experienced martial art peeps, when do you think someone can start a dojo?

      My Sensei is giving me his Community Center dojo when I become a black belt sometime next year. He is letting me create the curriculum and run it how I want. I will still be under him to promote brown and black belts, but in essence it is my dojo. He even wants me to have it under a different name.

      My question to you is will you look at my dojo with respect at first glance?

      I have great things planned. I know I will be ready and will give quality instruction. I am not in it for the money so it won't be a McDojo, but I am just worried about what other people in my small Karate community will say or think.

      Any advice or opinion is greatly appreciated!!!!
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        S.P. If you are gonna make changes, I suggest small ones and not all at once. People get used to a given routine and tho it mayn't be (or, may be) great, changing that should be gradual.
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        Richie Our founder:
        We should open Karate to the public and receive criticism, opinions and studies from other prominent fighting artists.” – Chojun Miyagi (founder of Goju-ryu Karate)

        Goju-Ryu was founded from a merge of other styles. This is why I love my style so much. The best comparison is a Japanese version of Jeet Kun Do.
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        Andy [220601,Richie], first off I think it is great that you are going to be running a dojo. No doubt there will be people (other martial artists) who will be negative and disparaging without having the vaguest clue as to what your club is all about (you could have the best dojo in the world and teach excellent, genuine no BS MA and there will still be some who will bad mouth and slate you!). The thing is to not give a hoot what others say or think and to go into it with a positive mindset and do the best that you can do, at least you are (or will be) a genuine, conscientious black belt and as long as you yourself are still learning and are willing and able to pass on what you have learned so far (and what you will learn in the future) then all should be good.
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      Resisting and non-resisting training partners: The dojo effect
      Lately I've been thinking about two different kinds of training partners a lot: the resisting and the non-resisting one (arguably, there's a large gray area in between).

      If you foremost train martial arts for self-defense reasons (of course, there are other perfectly valid reasons), I'd argue that training with a resisting partner is crucial. However, I've seen many places promoting self-defense where this does not happen. Attacks are often just announced one-step attacks and little or no attempts are made by the training partner to block or evade counter attacks, locks and throws. This is sometimes also called the dojo effect.

      While scaffolding is certainly important to learn how to block, launch a counter attack, apply a lock or take down an opponent, the ultimate goal, in my opinion, should be to learn how to face a resisting opponent since in a self-defense situation you're very unlikely to deal with a non-resisting one.

      Admittedly, it is difficult to create a good and safe training environment that allows training with a resisting partner. After all, we don't want to hurt each other.

      What are your thoughts on this? How do you make sure you don't fall into the traps of the dojo effect?
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        Mark Winter I practice Aikido and we teach that the attacker should not resist but don't give. Make the defender move you before "going along" with the technique. But of course there are techniques (such as arm breaking and choking out a person) that can only be simulated.
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        Mary Cayte Reiland In our dojang, we make it a point to tell our students that one-step self defense training or one-step sparring are not effective in real life situations. During class, I will say that the dojo effect applies greatly to us, however, there are times when after class certain people (sometimes me) will mix it up with fighting, grappling, throws, and joint locks. It's not a perfect system, but I think we cover a lot of training with a resisting partner during these exercises.
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        Llewena Carrero What I do is initially I teach the kids/adults the technique we are focusing on in a non resistant manner. Then I ask the lower grade of the pair to do the attack, how to aim and how quick or hard they are to go. The higher grade is then to do the defence technique with (hopefully) the right level of force since they have trained for longer and 'know' the ropes so to speak.
        I also comment they should be good partners giving some resistance and some force BUT to remember its their turn next. It's funny to see kids faces go from evil smiles (you can picture what they are planning) to oh I'd better be nice and not rough looks. I walk around the class and randomly test the resistance levels and force levels and let them know they need to increase or decrease for the particular technique.
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      Positives & Negatives of Kata
      What are the positive and negative aspects of kata? And when I say kata, I mean Karate kata, Taekwondo forms & patterns, Wushu Taolu, etc. For example, some of the positives of kata include solo training, muscle memory of different techniques, fitness aspects, etc. Kata negatives include imaginary opponents that "don't hit back", it can be too slow, etc.

      We have a lot of Karate and Taekwondo members so I am sure we can come up with many more positives. We also have a number of members who do not use and/or dislike kata... and I am sure that they can help with the negatives. :)

      The wiki has a page with some of the benefits and perceived drawbacks of kata but I would like to expand it with your help - http://www.blackbeltwiki.com/benefits-of-kata

      Remember this is supposed to be a friendly kata discussion... so please no attacks on anyone's beliefs about kata. Thanks!

      Will
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        Nuria Macia TKD As all you guys have pointed out if we can't find the value of Kata/Poomsae is because they haven't been taught correctly, I couldn't agree more with that statement. I also think it depends on the maturity of the martial artist and how deeply involved wants to get in the martial art.
        Besides all the benefits mentioned in the wiki page which I endorse, I find poomsae a way of dynamic meditation. As they say in this article from The Journal of the International Association of Taekwondo Research - http://www.jiatr.org/archive/index.html?gubun=4&no=19&year=2016&vol=3&ho=1&page=26&ifv=1 "The training of poomsae has its own end; independent from kyorugi training, this end is found in healing and harmonizing oneself with the control of qi"
        However, so far I've never seen a Dojang teaching poomsae as dynamic meditation. What do you guys think about this aspect of Poomsae? I would be happy to hear your thoughts! Thanks!
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        Will - Black Belt Wiki Due to everyone's comments, I have added two more kata benefits to the wiki page - http://www.blackbeltwiki.com/benefits-of-kata

        1. Honor the ancient traditions of a martial arts since kata has been taught for centuries.
        2. Slow kata can be used a form of "moving meditation" or "dynamic mediation".

        Will
        Black Belt Wiki
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        PAUL (paldo) REYNOLDS Kata: my favorite past time ! meaning I highly support Kata and I've spend a live-time of it and still do ! I will repeat, as I've mentioned in many other threads, that kata is essential to the basics of karate development. Without kata development you will not be able to recognize a strike and defend against it in time. Most folks don't like kata for various reasons, but I think its because they arn't being taught correctly and they don't practice bunkei, the practicality of kata development. One, two, three to five step sparring drills are included. This takes time,( not weeks like a college course), to develop and along with your belt levels and belt degrees. Most advanced karate-ka understand its value when devoted to it and become proficient. The true value of kata comes when you have become very experienced and grasped the various entities in which you can combat the techniques much easily. Grappling is the furtherance of kata for locks, holds, and throws to truely understand the karate kata. Without kata development your development will be prolonged and depressive. Grappling moves are strong moves performing faster at the beginning then decreasde speed and increase tension. The reality is to grab your opponent quickly, then apply the lock or hold.This pertains to karate and not to other martial arts although I would include Taekwondo. Pros: memory increase, quicker reflections, cooler pace and more intelligent thinking in sparring, proficiencey in contact in withholding killing techniques, body and mind control and self-satisfaction. I also find solo kata without a partner my thing as to say, for I let in the spirituality portion of it in the quiet time of a dojo. This is where I perfect my contact, techniques without a bag or with a bag in control of killing techniques and controlling speed contacts. Kumite practice is the test of solo and partner practices while withholding any killing techniques. Hard bags develop your feet and hands and good for jumping techniques, and applying strong kicks and punches equalizing to breaking strength ! Hard bags should only be used for experienced karate-ka who have developed good techniques where injuries should not occur. Other Pros are: softer bags are used for those inexperience karate-ka where mistakes can be make without breaking bones etc. Kata can also be used in stress relief, body building, exercise, sleep depressions, and group or unit parrings (kata drills) for timing and coordination of movements in fast and slow paces.
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      Promotion.
      So today out of the blue I was tested and promoted. Sill not a black belt but that takes about 6 years minnimum. In Chidokwon Karate.

      With all the other years of training. 2 tkd, 4 plus boxing, 2 of military combative including 1 as an instructor. And the 4 plus of mma training. And other weapons etc over the years, I need to ask.

      What makes one a real black belt?
      Is it years at 1 art?
      Or years of training?
      Or is it mind set and the ability to pass on that knowledge.?

      My students are always assumed to be higher belts than they are. Is this the decline of western martial arts or is my school just that thorough in training

      For example my oldest does boxing wrestling and karate. 4 days a week for 3 years strait.. He had a green belt in tkd at 8 But is only a 8th kyu in Chidokwon. He knows all the techniques and does them well. He lacks the disapline ti advance though , and he knows it.
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        Al W A belt round the waist is just that, a belt round the waist. I can buy a black belt of Ebay for £5, doesn't mean I am one. A black belt is more than the belt, I would have to say they must meet (at least most of, if not all) the following criteria:-
        Be compassionate
        Be able to encourage their student to try their best
        To be dedicated to their chosen art
        An ability to demonstrate advanced techniques in a way that less advanced students are able to understand
        Display a level of knowledge expected of a teacher
        Someone who never gives up on a student
        Someone who knows the difference between discipline and being a bully
        Someone students can look up to
        Someone who is approachable
        Someone who would never belittle a student
        Someone who knows that respect is earned and not given
        Someone who understands that everybody learns at different speeds and not every student is capable of superhuman feats of agility
        Someone who will take the time to help a student who is having problems learning
        Someone who will take into account a students age, disabilities, and other limitations into account when teaching and/or assessing
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        Michael I think the western idea of a black belt is "someone who is taught all the moves." I have seen so many schools promising black belts in 1 or 2 years. One school I remember from my youth was notorious for loosing kumite matches for being too aggressive/ lack of control. On the other hand, the marines who brought Isshinryu back to America only studied with master Shimabuku for a year or two before being named black belts. Nowadays, any reputable Isshinryu school requires 4-6 years before black belt.
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        PAUL (paldo) REYNOLDS First, congrats @ Ray on your promotional test. What makes one a real black belt ! my world-wide understanding is: acquiring all the black belt skills and passing a test in one style by a recognized karate organization or sensei thereof. Second phase, maintaining black belt proficiency levels after acquiring 1st dan or Japanese Shodan.To me, the key word is "real", which I believe equates to "experience" or 2nd or 3rd dan, with proven personal respect for the art and standards thereof, and the ability to teach skills with objective integrity, and maintain righteous pesonal character and honour karate herritage.
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      Please don't post disparaging remarks
      Please don't post disparaging remarks about specific individuals or schools (i.e. XYZ school is a total fraud). We are not Facebook and our legal team is nonexistent... so I hope you understand why these type of posts will not be approved or will be deleted. Also please no political discussions (i.e. Trump vs Clinton).

      Generic negative comments are okay but please don't name any individuals or organizations.

      This community should focus only martial arts-related topics & techniques. Moreover, the administrators & I will try to keep it civil and friendly... so new members will not be intimidated and thus will freely share their knowledge and/or ask questions. We want everyone to benefit from the discussions on this site.

      Thanks for your understanding & cooperation.

      Will
      Black Belt Wiki
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        Al W Does this mean the likes of Seagal are off limits?
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        Will - Black Belt Wiki Everyone

        Please also don't copy material from other websites. Internet etiquette allows you to copy one or two sentences to illustrate a point but you must also add a link to the website where you found the material. Copying several paragraphs is seen as copy infringement.

        Thanks again for your understanding & cooperation.

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        PAUL (paldo) REYNOLDS From Alias Master Po > Thats a 1-4 commander, watashida or better yet yobosayo ! replies to Sensei's commands!
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      WHAT DO COURT JUDGES THINK OF KARATE / MA !
      Modern martial arts has presented its good and bad sides to the public, but what does the legal aspects fair with court judges. Your voice !

      My scence of opinion: Awareness ! Know The Legal System, Prevent Jail !

      Some folks may not have thought about the reprecussions of a fight where our karate or MA training capability comes into question in a court of law. Are we aware of the risks taken in today's crazed society of lawsuits for just very minor things because its a way to make a profit for some. What should we do !
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        Superamazingbadgerman In America, the correct answer for anything a cop asks you is something along the lines of, "I'm too shaken, I don't want to talk about it". If you say ANYTHING that suggests you knew what you were doing, you get ALL the liability and ALL the responsibility for EVERYTHING that went down!

        The person in control is the one responsible for what happens. Don't look like that guy!

        As for lawsuits, nobody wins them but the lawyers.

        One side wins $500 (which they don't get anyway because the other side can't pay), and the lawyers get $50,000 each for standing around and dragging it out.

        The person who wins depends on the judge, but if you just stay reasonable through it and play the game, you most likely won't lose.
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        DW Duke I see many good answers answers here. I think just about everyone suggested a correct reading of the law, namely a person can use the amount of force necessary to defend oneself from an attack. Perhaps it is because martial artists typically have excellent control over the amount of force they use, I have never seen anyone held to have used excessive force as a result of his superior martial arts training. In my experience, as an attorney, most people who start fights don't sue, though they often call the police. In reality, if anyone uses any significant force on you there is a presumption of intent to cause serious bodily harm. The defense has to fit the crime. For example, if a person simply put his hand on a martial artist's shoulder and the artist fractured his wrist, that would likely be excessive. But if the attacker grabbed the martial artist, without provocation, and slammed him against a wall while threatening to kick his a##, a jury likely would find a fractured wrist not to be unreasonable use of force. Of course, one never knows for sure what a jury is going to do.
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        Mark Winter I think he is trying to state that any person that uses force against another person can only use that force necessary to control the situation whether you are and expert fighter or not. And that is how I have seen the courts interpret the use of force (28 years in LE).
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      Competition Kata - Improvement Techniques
      This year I've taken my first step towards competitions, see me in action on the Members Showcase, and I'm serious about performing Kata at competition.

      What I would like is tips on improving myself and techniques/skills for competition kata
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        PAUL (paldo) REYNOLDS Hi all ! KATA, my favorite past time! The question is what are the tips to improve. @ Andy & @ Will - Black Belt Wiki advice is real good. My addition is: know the meaning to the kata and emplify the movements to show its meaning. This is what judges look for besides the obvious things as timing etc. You must show CONFIDENCE in your presentation and complete focus. Confur with your higher level practictioners or sensei for periodic feedback while you practice, practice, and practice. The mental aspect becomes more of a challenge than the physical one. When you recognize it for your self, then you are ready to be judged in your next competition. Not to be redundant, but Andy's technical advice must be taken seriously adhered to or you fail technically. You must be totally prepared physically and most of all, mentally!! Good luck.
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        Andy Ok joking aside :)
        I agree with @Will - Black Belt Wiki and @James, to achieve fluidity (and avoid robotic transition which i still maintain is not inherent in ANY martial art when learned to a sufficient degree despite what some other members think!) break the Kata down into elements, practice the foot work separately focusing on the transition of the stance from one position to the next, practice the basic elements (the Kihon involved in the kata separately (as you do in everyday training, remember that Kihon and kata are not supposed to be separate elements but part of the whole), watch demonstrations of the kata you are going to perform by other practitioners on YouTube and in class (you can learn from more experienced practitioners by watching for the minute pauses in the relevant places and the overall execution of how they perform the kata and you can also learn from watching other less
        experienced practitioners by being critical and observing where you think they could have done things better).
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        Superamazingbadgerman How does it feel to do the form?

        I know judges don't tend to like my forms (I don't have "snap" or "power", whatever that means), but I've found that EVERYTHING works MUCH better when I don't care what it looks like and focus on what it does and how it feels instead.

        I noticed in the video you posted that you're always doing one of two things with your posture-- leaning forward or letting your torso sink backward. When you do that long stance, it's HUGE. When you do anything with your hands, it's very stiff.

        What that tells me is you're putting ALL the attention into your hands and arms or your legs and feet or your upper torso. You're SO focused on making your limbs show the judges what they want to see, you're forgetting about your center (dead center hips).

        That point is what holds EVERYTHING together. You literally revolve around it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        If you focus on controlling that point and you don't hurry or over extend yourself or think about any other part of your body too much (which creates odd, oversized stances and motions and off balances you as you experienced), it's gonna fix most (if not all) of those problems you had.

        If that doesn't work, imagine taking all your feelings of heaviness or stiffness or tension (whatever feeling unintentionally tensed up muscle groups give you) and letting it flow down into your legs. That's another way to accomplish the same thing.
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      The art of fighting 'without' fighting!
      We have all heard the term 'fighting without fighting' but what does it actualy mean? Here is a great explanation that mirrors my own personal philosophy on the subject and that I have actualy used on more occasions than I can count to avoid/neutralise violent altercations both in everyday life and when I used to work as a bouncer. http://www.wakingtimes.com/2015/07/20/the-art-of-fighting-without-fighting/
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        (deleted) Fighting without fighting, to me means having the ability, skill, and capabilities to fight back, but only if warranted in a defensive situation. If I encounter an attack, my first response will never be to fight back, but to run away if I can. That's really what martial arts have taught me. I don't want to fight, ever.
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        Goldin Christie I think doing door work is the perfect place to practice the art of fighting without fighting because most of the trouble in pubs and clubs happens because of alcohol so they don't really want a fight with door staff and the door staff don't really have a problem with the drinkers, so it's ideal if you can talk them out of their silly high jinks, it's a win win situation, if the door staff don't get violent and it's a win for the drinkers because, 1. they don't spend the night with the Police and 2 they don't wake up in pain from the door staff
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        Al W What does the art of fighting without fighting mean?

        It means tricking a guy from New Zealand into a boat to stop him from being an ass
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      Faster reaction time
      Hey, are there any drills that will help you get faster reflexes? I know mine are really fast already, but I want to make it seem like the world is slowed down a little ( sounds crazy right?)
      Thanks
      Carson
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        Andy Training with MA weapons is a great way to increase both speed and reflex. [171786,Christopher Adamchek] has a post on here somewhere that even has a mathematical equation to prove the point.
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        Will - Black Belt Wiki Of course, there is the venerable "fly & chopstick" reaction drill. :)
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        ChuckD How about a wiki reaction speed test? http://www.topendsports.com/testing/tests/reaction-stick.htm
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      A Few Solo Work Clips
      Hi guys!

      I have a few clips I want to run by you all and see if you have any input on making them more comprehensive or interesting or anything else that could help people who have never done anything like this get the skills to be able to do these things slowly on demand after one or two viewings.

      I recently made up the forward somersault tutorial you see here, along with this backward roll clip;

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXYKGP51BIA

      and I recently annotated this figure eight segment;

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJQBjgbrSA0

      Any suggestions or questions would be much appreciated!
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        Ben Such helpful dogs you have...

        I've never seen someone have their arm off to the side like that when they roll. I keep mine tucked. (Not saying wrong, but different.)
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        Kenneth Winthrop Do it with a Bo or Jo or even a Katanna.
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        Kenneth Winthrop I was referring to police and military training.
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      Gotta make a manual
      O.K so it's fallen to me to come up with a student manual. It was a smaller club up until this sept when we moved to our own location and started advertising more and got ofc help. Before that it was mostly verbal instruction with the instructor just printing some things off from his TKD "bible". Our numbers went from under 20 to over 50 so we need to get a manual out to the kids now (been long time coming but had to take care of other growing pains as well). When I started I put together my own manual for myself and my son that took aspects of what he had and what I found online (this site helping bigtime) So now it's up to me to come up with a manual. Just figured I'd put it out there what are some ideas for sections, or neat things for manuals. I have all the info I need on the meat and bones (patterns, stances etc) looking more for ideas to make the manual stand out a little and maybe actually get read by students lol. I'm already compiling quotes for each page, using people like Bruce lee AND Kung Fu Panda lol. gonna include basics like history, theory, club rules etc. It's a manual for an ICTF Taekwon Do club Thanks in advance.
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        Hermit Yep, just finishing up the last pages of mine so far (1st draft anyway). I'm over 80 pgs, and by the time I'm done I anticipate almost 100 (double sided, so 50 pgs of paper). Been a lot of work so far, and while I have a lot of "fat" I could trim off if needed, it's all the stuff I included hoping to make the manual a little more enjoyable to read and not totally dry!! Deffinitly a lot of photos and some of that is not easy to find. Found that is what took a lot of time, wading through the internet trying to find good photos and diagrams. A lot of the stuff out there is all video now (especially patterns). I found it enjoyable though, and learned a lot from doing it so far, hopefully it's all correct, lol (I spent a lot of time to verify the info). I tried to include a lot of the Korean terminology, man that was tough due to all the different spelling and pronouncation.
        So far my catagories are: Intro, history, club info, rules and ettiquate, theory(oaths, tenants, theory of power, syne wave, etc), gear, stances, strikes and blocks, patterns (up to black belt), sparring, and glossary. A lot of info to go through, but the manual will be worth it, I think.
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        Ben Our manual starts with a history of our lineage, then a section on the history and legends of Shao-lin, followed by requirements, notes on some of our forms, and finally quotes for inspiration.

        It works pretty well, as you can read it for information, or for fun (Chinese myths are very interesting IMO).

        If I may make a suggestion though, maybe putting it in or making it compatible with a three ring binder would be something I'd have liked in ours. I got it punched and put in one and then can add my notes from new forms right in and not have another separate (and loseable) binder.
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        Rachel DS [171807,Andy] Sorry not available online. About to be printed and distributed internally to our students first. My aim would be for the actual style manual I am now starting on to be made accessible as a kindle book and hard copy. It's complicated though since even though I helped compile / compose / edit the manual, the style is not my intellectual property. That said however, [171668,Will - Black Belt Wiki] I can share what I wrote and compiled about Hai and Osu (taken from my dojo etiquette section) as that is indeed generic:

        THE USE OF "HAI!" and "OSU!"
        Apart from bowing, you will also notice people say "Hai!" (literally: "yes") and "Osu!" a lot during class. "Hai!" is typically used to mean: "Yes, I heard", "Yes, I understood" or "Yes, I will try hard". "Osu!" can be used to convey these same meanings, but is also used as a greeting, and as a sign of respect (e.g., when bowing to someone). The difference is primarily regional, with Okinawan dojo preferring "Hai" and Japanese dojo preferring "Osu". See glossary for further information of the origin and meanings of "Osu".

        And in my glossary section the following on Osu:
        Use: Greeting / to acknowledge you have heard / you understand and will try hard
        Note: Osu is a contraction of two Japanese words: Osae - push / press, and Shinobu - patience / perseverance / determination.

        36 pages is because I only LISTED the kata rather than giving step by step instructions. We have about 44 kata in our system of which I have learned less than half. The next part of the project will be to get them all down correctly - I have been documenting all the ones I have learned so far and it's a bit of an undertaking. I like to be very precise with language. Also getting things concise in general is something I have to do at work. Although this was harder the principles were the same.

        And Andy.....I am sorry I missed the animal jokes :(

        Rachel
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      Happy New Year!!!!
      Hey everyone, Wishing you all the best and a happy new year! Sorry I have been away from the community for the past couple of weeks but I have been expierincing technical difficulties (blood poisoning and an abscess the size of a cantaloupe on my ass lol!) I'm just about recovered now ready for my yearly Holliday in a few days time! :)
      I'll be back soon and look forward to catching up with you all including all our new members!
      Oss!
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        Will - Black Belt Wiki [171807,Andy]

        We are looking forward to hearing about your adventures in the sun. Have a great holiday! Hopefully, you (and your derriere) are feeling better. :)

        Will
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        Rachel DS Doesn't sound like your new year was all that happy at the start @Andy - I take it the 2 conditions were inter-related....either way.....yuck! NYE here was really hot. I could have happily slept in the pool! As it was I think I was in it more than out of it all day and night.....been like that a lot here since about December ish....training in the park tomorrow will be warm - going to be 38 when it warms up.....hopefully it won't be quite that when we train!
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        Superamazingbadgerman Ooh, I took a holiday vacation in Japan and missed everything...

        Good thing it's still kinda new year's there!

        HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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      Happy Thanksgiving
      To everyone in the USA - Have a great Thanksgiving on Thursday!

      To everyone in the rest of the world - Have a great Thursday! :)

      If you celebrate Thanksgiving... what are your plans to burn off the Thanksgiving & turkey calories?

      Will
      Black Belt Wiki
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      Siljun Dobup "Real Sword Training" Art Forms (Kata)
      A sampling of Siljun Dobup Art Forms (Kata) - Set Ji (Earth), Set Soo (Water), Set Poong (Wind), Set Hwa (Fire) and Set Cheon (Sky).
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        Ben Nice and efficient.

        Coolness...
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        Will - Black Belt Wiki [187953,Brandon]

        Nice! I like how you never take your eyes off the target.

        One question (asked as a non-katana person) - Why do you sheath your sword and then pull it out part way & resheath it a second time?

        Will
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        Andy [187953,Brandon], excellent! :) this looks very similar to some forms of Japanese batojutsu/iaijutsu.
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      which style of martial arts peeks your interest the most?
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        Christopher Adamchek I love karate, there is always a deeper to pursue and its so much more than what most people think

        lately though i have branched out to studying kali and krav maga
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        Will - Black Belt Wiki Hi [189172,Gianathan]

        According to your profile, you are interested in learning more about the martial arts. Perhaps the question should be what martial arts might interest you. :) Seriously, tell us what you are looking for (i.e. self-defense training, tradition & culture, martial arts weapons, grappling, etc.) and one of the many experts on this community would be glad to give their two cents about martial arts styles that might interest you.

        By the way, welcome to the community.

        Will
        Black Belt Wiki
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        Goldin Christie The internal martial arts, they are classed as internal but they seem to have as many set rules and patters as external martial arts, so I find it very interesting how the internal martial arts are supposed to be soft and flexible yet they look as rigid as an external art
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      Dilbert Comic & Martial Arts
      Learn about the destructive martial arts power when Yoga, Feng Shui and Irish River Dancing are combined.

      Part One - http://dilbert.com/strip/2015-09-30
      Part Two - http://dilbert.com/strip/2015-10-01
      Part Three - http://dilbert.com/strip/2015-10-02

      Quote of the day - "He did a fist thing". :)

      Will
      Black Belt Wiki




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