I have recently been learning the form of the kata Papuren with a friend who is learning it for competition. I have no interest in kata competition and now that I have learnt the form of the kata I am starting to consider its application.
I have been trying to find research and statistics on female HAPV without much success. For example, men generally don't pull hair, but females will grab the hair and pull the other to the ground. Can anyone give me some direction on where to look?
I have noticed an issue in my sparring, when I close the range it is fairly normal to take a couple of knocks on my way in. Normally that is not an issue but when I am fighting some of the larger guys in my class I end up flinching when I get hit that slows me and gives them time to circle and avoid my advance. I am working on standard body hardening as well as slowly increasing my amount of "high" contact sparring.
Wondering if anyone knows of a practical karate club in the North or South Lanarkshire region of Scotland? All I can seem to find are "traditional" schools that focus on competition sparring' with bunkai as a dirty word.
I have realised as I’ve written this post that it is quite long winded and references an array of Kata. Whilst I have different books and sources in front of me I may have used spelling and terminology from particular text.
I have recently been reading Mario McKenna’s translation of Mabuni’s Karate Kempo: The Art of Self Defense, having previously bought and digested his translation of the Study of Seipai. An interesting comment sprung out at me when he introduces the chapter on Seiunchin: “There are thirty advanced kata…”
I've been working on an article for a little while now about the kata Sanchin. Not a ton of styles use this kata still and if they do, I find that everyone uses it differently. I have my own uses and beliefs but was wanting to look outside the box. Are there any other practicioners of Sanchin out there? And if so, how do you guys practice it; heavy breathing/normal breathing, body strikes/no strikes, etc...
All the help given would be greatly appreciated! Just trying to gather as much info as possible before writing something about it.
I'm a 40 year old Karate-ka, Shotokan-but have cross-trained wide and freely. I'm into practical bunkai and wonder if anyone is living close and would like to learn/help-me learn and practice drills and close-quarters stuff (going through some Iain Abernethy; John Burke; Rory Miller; Tony Blaur type stuff)? Would be on an as and when basis, informally. Anyone know a decent club in practical martial arts in Loughborough area, into bunkai etc? Thanks
So I've already got a New Year's reading list, thanks to one of Iain's old podcasts about recommended books for martial artists. Now I'd also like suggestions for movies that I may have missed out on. I've never been that much of a straight-up 'chop-socky' film buff, so I feel like there's a lot out there that I still haven't seen. I'd prefer movies that offer a little more than just standard entertainment, but also give us some food for thought and don't rely excessively on wire-work.