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Layer Your Training to Avoid Training Scars

This video is a tad lengthy so get your popcorn! It's based on Iain's 'Training Matrix'. Basically, it's an example of how yuo can layer one drill to practice it is different ways. Each layer has it's benefits but are not without flaws. These flaws can lead to bad habits or scars.

Training scars are the result of unavoidable flaws in our training. If not addressed, a training scar can result in dangerous habits. The advantage of partner drills is the fact that we can deal with a real person; we have real limbs to clear, a real body to off-balance etc., but we can’t hit with any significant impact for safety reasons. Pad work allows us the opportunity for percussive impact but introduces other scars; the pads may be in the wrong place for the targets they represent, they may be too far from the actual head we need to control and so on. Kihon can be useful in that we can work on proper technique, move with speed and there is no chance for injury. The obvious problem is that we don’t have a training partner. We can’t get a feel for distance, targets or all the subtleties associated in grappling. One dimensional training can lead to the development of scars or bad habits that may endanger us should we need to protect ourselves some day. By layering our training we can develop all the skills we need but at the same time we constantly replace one flaw with another. In this video, I will walk you through three layers of the same kata-based drill. One layer not included is the need for live and free partner work which gives an opportunity to improvise and adapt to a resisting opponent.


Andy Allen

Philios's picture

That was excellent, Andy!  Great work.  It was well presented and explained.  I still marvel at the level of your "beginners".

shotokanman70's picture

Thanks, Phil. We worked on this drill for 2 days. That said, it's components were all previously taught before either in isolation of as parts of other drills. Full disclosure, the 'white' belt at 8:48 is a Brown belt in another shotokan organization and has some training in uechi ryu as well. :)

Wastelander's picture

Blending movements from different kata, and incorporating varying training methods to account for compromises, are big things for me, and lots of fun. Thanks for sharing!

Iain Abernethy
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Good video that Andy! Very important to avoid “one dimensional training” (great term!).

All the best,


shotokanman70's picture

Thanks, Iain!

karate10's picture

Excellent video Andy and I will continue to see what you have next in stored for us all...Regards..Gerald