HELP WANTED: It’s been ages since we did a Q & A podcast … so let’s end 2016 with a big one! Please put questions below or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll get recording! Thank you!
All the best,
Hello Iain, I'm looking forward to another one of the always interesting Q&A podcasts.
If you like, you could include one of the following questions:
1) How do you think about training for joint mobility? Especially in the hip joints. How important is it for self-defence training (considering that we want to kick low, not to the head)? And what would you suggest to increase mobility, if necessary? What is you view on stretching in this context?
2) Do you think that karate training should include general sports/fitness/workout elements like push-ups, crunches, rope-skipping, jogging, agility ladder drills, and the like? Or would you say that karate classes should concentrate on karate-specific elements, leaving the general exercises to being the responsibility of the individual practitioner? I'm talking about people who train karate for 1.5h per week.
3) How do you feel about teaching karate to children. Would you suggest a minimum age (Funakoshi in "Kyohan" says 11-14 years)? Would you teach children the brutal kata applications we all love, or would you tone them down in some way?
Just some questions i'm pondering over from time to time, and haven't come to a final conclusion yet.
I made a list of some of your podcasts that I recommend to beginning/intermediate students who are learning to understand the Hyung/Kata. Which of your podcasts would you recommend to these students?
Thanks so much for the questions! From Facebook, email, twitter and here we have loads of good stuff! Should make for a fun podcast. I’ll start recording soon!
jimw449 wrote: I made a list of some of your podcasts that I recommend to beginning/intermediate students who are learning to understand the Hyung/Kata. Which of your podcasts would you recommend to these students?
I figured an actual text list would be useful here. I’ll include it in the podcast, but I think these are the core ones on kata (the fewest I can recommend that will cover the basics):
The Keys to Understanding Kata (10 years old, but still a good one).
Kata: Why Bother?
What is Kata?
How a Kata Records a Style.
My Stance on Stances
The Masters Speak
Kata – Dead or Alive
I hope that’s of some use.
Keep the questions coming folks!
In what ways has your approach to practical karate evolved, both in your own training and in teaching others? What concepts, methods or aproaches have you discarded or significantly changed? What improvements have you made along the way? What have you learned that makes your knowledge and methods better now compared to years ago?
Thank you! The list I posted, including the Korean names, was
The Martial Map
Context, Context, Context
How a Kata Records a Style (Kata = hyung)
The Meaning of Pinan (Pinan = Pyung Ahn)
The Pinan / Heian Series
Bonus Podcast: 10 Books for the Pragmatic Karateka
Itosu's 10 Precepts
Karate Grappling: Did It exist?
I will definitely add your list to the post. Thanks again!
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