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My new article just went up, today, and takes a look as some examples of evasive movement in karate. For the most part, people like to say that karate is a very linear art, but in reality it has an awful lot of arcs and circles in it, and that really shows up in the more complex evasive movements that can be found.
There is a fairly commonly-held belief that there is only one proper way to use a makiwara. Motobu Choki once said that, at more than 60 years of age, he still didn't know the best way to use the makiwara, suggesting that there is, indeed, more than one way to use it. I happen to agree, and this article goes over 7 variations of makiwara-geiko (makiwara training), aside from standing in a stationary zenkutsu-dachi (front stance) throwing hundreds of gyaku-tsuki (reverse thrusts).
It's been a while since I posted an article, but I've been sitting on this one for quite some time, and only just now decided to post it :P. The parry-pass method is present in many martial arts, and named many different things, but it's a very useful concept.
Did you notice if you training for longer periods of time you getting ill?
"There is no doubt that engaging in regular physical activities improves our health. Exercising increases the production of white blood cells, which are responsible for our immune response to infections. whilst this is true it is only true up to a certain point. When we increase the duration and intensity of our workouts, our immune system actually gets weaker."
I recently read the book Bruce Lee, The Tao of Gung Fu: Commentaries on the Chinese Martial Arts. Remarkably, Bruce Lee, writing in 1963 & 1964, identifies ailments that afflicted some of the so-called “traditional”* martial arts at that time – be they Okinawan, Japanese or Chinese. You will recognize that, unfortunately, these shortfalls continue to afflict karate practiced today.