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The archetypical “traditional” karate class, where students become skilled at air-punching, tag and defending against straight punches that begin further away from the moon, does little to prepare its participants with solutions to deal with non-consensual violence.
I just published my latest article, which specifically looks at joint lock practicality. In it, I cover a bit of history and context, the three types of locks (as I see them), the four methods of applying locks (again, as I see them), and how to transition from compliant drills to practical, applicable skills.
Hikite is the Japanese term for “pulling hand”. Hiki meaning pull and te meaning hand. Due to the way in which Karate has evolved, the meaning and use of hikite have changed over time and the practical application to hikite has, all things considered, fallen by the wayside.
This article is designed to help aspiring martial artists who are struggling to choose between the different martial arts schools available in their area. It may also serve as food for thought for experienced martial artists who feel somewhat uncomfortable with their style or dojo, but aren't sure what to do about it.
My journey from 3K Karate to Practical Karate by Graham Palmer
The first glimpse of the unknown, ask you to look deeper. However, many close the door to stay with what they know!
For some time now I have wanted to share my experience of moving away from a 3K approach to a Practical approach with Self Defence in mind. I hope the following article will provide those also interested in following a Practical approach the relevant information or guidance to achieve this.