I thought it would be fun and beneficial to share combative and kata / bunkai based “golden rules” that we have in our teaching, or that we were taught ourselves.
What I mean by “golden rules” are brief encapsulations of important combative principles – or principles of understanding kata – that are expressed in a sentence or two at most. These are the kind of things I mean (in no particular order):
Don’t be in front of your enemy, but have the enemy in front of you.
Hello Tried to start this post a few times and couldn't get a nice intro so I am going to just jump in with the question...
Do all movements have both knife hand and forearm variations?
I studied the ITF taekwondo patterns which are based, albeit loosely, on shotokan karate kata. As you work through the forms eventually you are introduced to both forearm/closed hand and knife hand/open hand variations of each movement. I was wondering if this also happens in the karate kata.
I asked this in another thread and someone expressed interest, so I'll post it as its own topic that might get a different viewing audience.
What martial arts credentials do you all think are necessary and/or nice to have to run or open a dojo? I'm not talking about business skills or things like that (which are obviously beneficial). And I'm assuming that one works on being a good teacher. I'm just talking about evidence that one is effective at a martial art or as a martial art instructor.
I have a relatively small club, and all the students are beginners (some have achieved the first two ranks, but that is still very much beginner stage). I'm finding that we are hitting a bit of content saturation and progress is slowing down significantly. I strive to train kihon, applications of kihon on pads, practical combination pad drills, kata, bunkai partner drills, bunkai pad drills, and kata based sparring. Some students are starting the fourth kata in our system, and they are becoming overwhelmed.
I'm creating this thread seeking education rather than to express any point. It occurs to me that through this forum, through seminars and through training with like-minded people that we are all very good at bring our respective Karate together through mutual concepts and goals. Under the one roof, be it conceptual such as this forum or literal as in a seminar, we see Shotokan, Wado Ryu, Shito Ryu and even Taekwondo and Tang Soo Do coming together due to shared kata. Even Goju Ryu with their different kata are welcome cousins.