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levels of mental and physical fitness. The purpose of this forum is to help us all improve our training methods.
Here's the first video in a series I'm making for developing pad drills to supplement bunkai training. I've taken key portions of the first basic kata in Matsubayashi, Fukyugata Ich, and have created some fun pad drills.
I'm not sure how many of you use old-style Okinawan hojo undo kigu (supplementary training tools), but I have found an improvised kakiya/kakete-biki to be highly beneficial to my training when I don't have a partner around. This video is just a clip of me doing some freestyle drilling with mine, yesterday afternoon. It's more playing with concepts and experimenting with movement than trying to adhere to any particular drills.
My friend/coworker has been training with me for a few weeks, now--mostly just doing padwork to do something fun to get in better shape--and I recorded our last padwork session. This video is a collection of clips showing some introductory padwork for learning to control the head and arms of your opponent.
I created a brief video in which I'm explaining to beginners how we might apply the high block motion as a defense and counter against a high wrist grab. I'm continuing to explore ways to make kihon practice practical by developing basic partner drills.
I'm working on teaching kihon and applications together to make the kihon practice more practical. What are some practical applications you all think are key for jodan uke? I'm teaching neck strike in response to lapel grab and striking the elbow joint in response to a high wrist grab (eg, your wrist is grabbed after you try to choke or gouge the attacker's eyes). I'm curious what applications others of you teach. Thanks in advance!
I've recently been introduced to kata competition. Before now, I've only been into learning kata's applications. However, I'm finding a love for the art of it, and the solo competitive videos on YouTube have been excellent.
One such competitor who has exceptional technique is Rika Usami. (Sorry, can't figure out how to post a video directly.)
Here is another solo impact training exercise for a possible bunkai application for the shuto uke combination in kata Ananku. I hope you enjoy it and that it helps you in your own solo training routines.
I was fortunate enough to attend Iain Sensei's Texas seminar, where he taught us a drill for clearing limbs, making use of the opening sequence of Pinan Shodan/Heian Nidan. I'm sure this drill is familiar to many on this forum. Given my current training situation, I decided to adapt this drill to solo training. I tie a belt to a heavy bag to simulate the limb that needs to be moved out of the way before punching to the jaw/head. I added this to my training routine this past Friday, and it works great for me. I hope you enjoy and that it helps you with your own solo training routines.