Team MMA anyone? I quite like this concept as it brings in the tactical dimension of multiple enemies. While it all begins one-on-one, notice how quickly the ground becomes a really bad place to be once another member from the opposing team gets involved. The barrage of blows from the second person renders looking for submissions ineffective.
Here are a couple of superb videos from the Gracie Academy on escaping the mount. The first video explains the core method escaping from a strangle. The second video shows how to prevent punches and then escape. The videos are very clear and the explanations are excellent.
I was talking to a friend who trains in goju ryu the other day about syllabus for black belt grades between the dan grade and I was interested to see the difference between the syllabus' we both train in (I study wado ryu)
I began to wonder what other groups expect between dan grades. If any one feels like sharing their experiences of dan grade syllabus' I'd be interested to hear about them.
within my original style we are expected to perform more complex kicking techniques, jumping spinning kicks. Chinto and seishan kata, 3 man kumite for 2nd dan
When discussing practical applications and training, we don't typically discuss karate competition, because the standard competitive formats for karate simply don't fit our idea of what karate is. That's why I was quite intrigued when this video came up in my Facebook feed today:
I suppose I should start this post with a question: how does one overcome fear?
When I was younger, I studied karate, but before I started secondary school, I stopped for numerous reasons. Before I digress, if I hadn't dropped it, I don't think I would have restarted it again at University- something I would have regretted intensely!!
I was chatting to my brother last night about the old grading system we went through and how it took years to get anywhere near black belt and how there where no children with black belts in those days. We then discussed the issue of children ( under 16 years old) attaining a black belt. I am not fully comfortable with the idea of 12 and 13 year olds at 2nd and 3rd dan.
Without any prejudice to our younger students, what are people's thoughts on this subject.