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Thoughts on Telegraphing Strikes

In this video I discuss the idea of “telegraphing” as it relates to both fighting (consensual violence) and self-defence (non-consensual violence). As we have discussed in other recent videos, most martial artists fail to differentiate between the two and falsely assume that what is of great importance in one context must be of equal importance in the other.

Telegraphing is when we provide a recognisable cue to an opponent which enables them to react and negate the technique. Telegraphing being a problem is therefore predicated on two key points:

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Guards in Self-Defence

In this video we talk about holding the hands in a guard for self-defence. If you are short on time, let me summarise the video:

Having the hands held in a tight guard is not a smart thing to do in self-defence!

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Lower Block Takedown (video)

This short video was filmed at a recent dojo session. At this session we were working the lead hand hook, and various ways of negating the enemy’s possible reactions to that strike. While discussing ways to strip a flinch / cower, we looked at how we could use “lower block” (gedan barai) to create an opening and then use the same action to take the enemy to the floor. These bits of footage were filmed during that part of the class. The video is not a compete summation of all we covered, and it is not intended to be instructional in nature. I nevertheless hope you find it interesting.

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The Truth of Getting in Shape! (video)

In this video I talk about what is truly needed to get into good shape, as well as challenging some of the myths and deceptions widely peddled by some “fitness industry” snake oil merchants. I think you’ll be amazed at how quickly such a transformation can occur when you know what you are doing :-)

All the best,

Iain

PS The YouTube link can be found HERE

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Heel Up or Heel Down (video)

In this video I address the well-worn topic of whether it is better to have the heel up or down when punching. Cards on the table, I can see good tactical reasons for both methods. Heel down gives greater stability when needed. Heel up allows greater rotation and hence generates more power.

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Hangetsu / Seishan Pad Drill

This video shows a pad drill for the end of Hangetsu / Seishan kata. The crescent kick drops the enemy’s head for the punch. The downward double palm heel is then used should the enemy try to tackle from the position they are now in. To put contextualise the sequence, we enter with a hook, cover and pin, and then a redirection of the arm.  The cover and pin are similar to what we see in Motobu’s 1st drill and Wado-Ryu’s Kihon Gumite No. 10. We conclude the drill by kicking the enemy’s ribs and escaping.

All the best,

Iain

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Leg Punch into Takedown (video)

In this video we look at one way to get back up if we are knocked to our knees and the enemy is close. Firstly, we throw a hook punch to the inside of the enemy’s thigh. We do this simply because it is an available target the blow may physically and psychologically disrupt the enemy. Striking the legs in this way was a tactic endorsed by Gichin Funakoshi. While Funakoshi was taking about elbow strikes, we used a hook punch in this instance:

“If you are thrown to the ground, your elbows are useful in striking at your opponent’s legs” – Gichin Funakoshi, Karate-Do: My Way of Life.

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The Key Three Ingredients for Good Kata

In this short video I discuss the three key ingredients for good kata, from a practical perspective!

All the best,

Iain

PS The YouTube link can be found HERE

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Consensual Violence (Fighting) vs. Non-Consensual Violence (Self-Defense)

In this video I discuss Consensual Violence (Fighting) vs. Non-Consensual Violence (Self-Defense). These are terms I coined to mark the difference between the natures, objectives and methodologies of criminal violence and duelling with other martial artists. They are very different, and we therefore need to be sure we approach them differently in training. This is not a matter of “good” vs. “bad”. This is a matter of appropriate vs. inappropriate.

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Naihanchi Bunkai and Pad -Drill

This video was filmed at my home dojo and shows bunkai, and a corresponding pad drill, for the opening sequence of Naihanchi (Tekki Shodan). The initial raising of the arms is a “default cover” before we crash in and clinch to prevent further strikes landing. The pushing down of the arms is the neck crank to facilitate quick escape. If that does not work, then we use the side-to-side head turns (which are not in all version of the kata, but are in ours) to limit the enemy’s ability to bite. We then maintain a tactile awareness of the enemy’s head while we clear a path for the elbows.

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