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End of 2020 Podcast Part 3

Welcome to third and final part of the 2020 end of year podcast! I’ve answered as many of your questions as I can on a wide range of topics! Thanks to everyone who submitted them! I’ve also included the usual messages from our “sponsors” and “advertisers” (if you are new to this tradition, you’ll quickly understand!).

2020 has been a terrible year and you deserve a well-earned break from it all! Listen to this festive podcast while doing something you enjoy! Immerse yourself in a martial oasis as we share information, stories and jokes!

This final part covers the miscellaneous questions!

Thanks for all your support!

All the best,

Iain

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End of 2020 Podcast Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of the 2020 end of year podcast! I’ve answered as many of your questions as I can on a wide range of topics! Thanks to everyone who submitted them! I’ve also included the usual messages from our “sponsors” and “advertisers” (if you are new to this tradition, you’ll quickly understand!).

2020 has been a terrible year and you deserve a well-earned break from it all! Listen to this festive podcast while doing something you enjoy! Immerse yourself in a martial oasis as we share information, stories and jokes!

This second part covers questions related to Kata, bunkai and Training.

Part 3 coming very soon!

All the best,

Iain

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End of 2020 Podcast Part 1

Welcome to Part 1 of the 2020 end of year podcast! I’ve answered as many of your questions as I can on a wide range of topics! Thanks to everyone who submitted them! I’ve also included the usual messages from our “sponsors” and “advertisers” (if you are new to this tradition, you’ll quickly understand!).

2020 has been a terrible year and you deserve a well-earned break from it all! Listen to this festive podcast while doing something you enjoy! Immerse yourself in a martial oasis as we share information, stories and jokes!

This first part covers questions related to Self-Protection, Martial Arts and the Pandemic and Teaching!

Part 2 coming very soon!

All the best,

Iain

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Iain talks with Josh Peacock of the Combat Learning Podcast!

INFO: Combat Learning Podcast is about applying scientific research and practical experience to better teach and learn martial arts. It's a deep dive into the most cutting-edge methodologies underlying effective training today, discovered through the lens of some of the best thinkers inside and outside of the martial arts community.

My guest today is Iain Abernethy, a well-known expert on practical karate training and kata application, and an advocate of traditional martial arts practice.

In this episode, Iain presents his own view of kata as a process of 4 inextricable stages:

1. Solo Practice

2. Functional Application

3. Principle-based Partner Practice

4. Live Partner Practice or "Kata-based" Sparring

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Q and A Podcast 2019 Part 3

Welcome to the third and final part of this year’s Q&A end of year podcast! Thanks to everyone who submitted questions and topics!

In this third part (66 mins) we cover the questions on the future of practical karate, teaching and miscellaneous questions!

If you missed it, the first part covered self-defence, kata history and general training! The second part covered bunkai and my personal like and dislikes!

So that’s a total of 212 minutes of podcast! Be sure to listen in manageable chunks!

Unfortunately, the length of the combined podcasts means I ran out of “adverts” for this one! I hope you enjoyed the ones in the previous parts and that the content makes up for the lack of them in this instalment!

Thanks for the support of the podcasts! Have a great Christmas!

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Q and A Podcast 2019 Part 2

Welcome to Part Two of this year’s Q&A end of year podcast! Thanks to everyone who submitted questions and topics!

In this second part (70 mins) we cover the questions on bunkai and my personal like and dislikes!

The final part will be out soon and it covers the future of practical karate, teaching and miscellaneous questions!

If you missed it, the first part covered self-defence, kata history and general training!

As is something of a tradition with these end of year podcasts, I’ve also included some spoof advertisements :-)

Thanks for the support of the podcasts and I’ll be back with more very soon!

All the best,

Iain

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Q and A Podcast 2019 Part 1

Welcome to the first part of this year’s Q&A end of year podcast! Thanks to everyone who submitted questions and topics!

In this first part (76 mins) we cover the questions on self-defence, kata history and general training!

The second part will be out soon and it covers questions relating to bunkai and my personal like and dislikes! The third part will cover the future of practical karate,  teaching and miscellaneous questions!

As is something of a tradition with these end of year podcasts, I’ve also included some spoof advertisements :-) All very tongue in cheek!

Thanks for the support of the podcasts and I’ll be back with more very soon!

All the best,

Iain

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Conversations on Karate with Iain Abernethy

This podcast is a conversation I had with Sue and Greg of the “Conversations on Karate” podcast. It was a great conversation where we covered a wide range of martial arts topics!

Topics covered include: Consent in training; the two kinds of discipline (one positive; one negative); kata-based-sparring; creating new combative habits; protecting others; martial arts vs. self-protection; the inherent values of various facets of the martial arts; bad bunkai; the rise of practical karate; the “sunk cost fallacy” of X-step sparring; controlled vs. heavy contact sparring; and a lot more besides!

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Iain and Wim: Thoughts on Teaching

The crossover podcasts with Wim Demeere and myself are always popular! In this one Wim and I discuss teaching; with a specific emphasis on one-on-one coaching and seminar teaching. Wim does a great deal of one-on-one coaching; whereas I do very little. Conversely, I do lots of seminar teaching; whereas Wim does not teach seminars that often. We therefore had questions for one another about our experiences and relative felids of expertise.

The podcast makes for an interesting listen, which we feel brought out a lot of information that will be useful to all martial arts instructors; particularly those who may wish to branch out from group teaching to also provide one-on-one and seminar instruction.

It’s always great to talk to Wim and I hope you enjoy the podcast!

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Kata as a Training Method (podcast)

In this podcast I discuss kata as a training method with Daniel Marino of the Motion Martial Arts Podcast! The podcast was recorded at my recent residential course and covers the kata training process, some of my favourite quotes from the past masters, and the relationship between kata and live practise.

Some topics covered include:

The Kata Training Process

How Kata Should Inform Live Practise

The Type of Grappling in Kata

Consensual vs. Non-Consensual Violence

The Role and Value of Solo Kata

Key Quotes from Itosu, Funakoshi, Mabuni, Motobu, etc

And More Besides!

It was a fun discussion which I am sure you will enjoy!

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