QUESTIONS?: Time for the usual extra-large end of year podcast! As you know, in this one I do my best to answer your questions. Please email them to email@example.com (or post them below) and I’ll be sure to include as many as possible! I start recording this Sunday!
As Obiwan Kenobi would say “from a certain point of view”.
I would be certain that most out there have seen Bruce Lee movies, Jackei Chan, Chuck Norris, JCVD and other movies. Some of the stunts Jackie Chan pulled off were amazing, but oddly to many I would argue that the better and more believable series of movies was the orginal Karate Kid movies with Ralph Maccio written by Robert Mark Kamen in the 1980’s.
In the text "Karate-Do Kyohan: The Master Text" there is a description of how the rising block should be performed in a basic partner drill format. I think it is on page 225 if anyone has access to a copy.
Here is what a part of the description says, with the main part of interest in bold:
"Defender: Lowering the hips and stepping back with the right foot, execute an upper level rising block with the left arm. The intention here is to hit the opponent's chin or armpit."
We have a new student for the past 7 months. Now he's a new student to us, but he's a black belt in another system of Korean/Shotokan mix. Sometimes when he speaks to our other students he'll tell them some of the techniques were doing is wrong. We should do them differently because the way he was taught to do them was faster. I don’t see them as faster. They almost look identical. Now we're primarily Okinawan Shorin Ryu. But we're our own version of it. My teacher and I have made changes to our training over the past 10 years.
I find myself wondering lately if the classic high energy 'hard' style martial arts training is the best way to develop flexibility. I'm not criticising the format of such classes. There's limited time in class to cover the main subject, which is the particular martial art that people have paid to be taught. I think therefore any instructor that gives too much class time to exercises we can do without expert supervision is going to quickly lose students.