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Iain Abernethy's picture

Introduce Yourself!

Welcome to members new and old! Please post a few lines to introduce yourself to all other members!

It would be great if people would make their first post their introduction. It’s only polite, after all :-)

All the best,

Iain

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Stevenson's picture

Fight Statistics with Medical Outcomes

I wanted to ask the forum about a book I have just received: Street Fightin Stastics with Medical Outcomes.

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Wastelander's picture

Top 5 Karate Myths

Hello, everyone!

Normally, when I share videos, they are covering techniques or concepts, but this one is a bit different. Some of you might have seen my recent article on makiwara training, which was inspired by the continuous appearance of statements on social media from people thinking that the makiwara is just for toughening the hands. This type of statement often causes a conversation to evolve, and highlight a number of other myths that people believe about karate, and I have put the 5 most common together and discussed them in this video:

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Iain Abernethy's picture

Non-martial “bunkai”?

A totally non-serious thread!

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Ryan Danks's picture

Training Goals After Black Belt

When I was a young'un, I wanted to become a martial arts instructor like my senseis and sifus. First goal: earn the black belt and teaching cert for the styles I wanted to teach. Lots of years later, I did that...but I had helped my instructor run the school for a few years at that point, and that was no longer something I wanted to do. Since deciding that I didn't want to run my own instruction business, I've had a difficult time motivating myself to train. I know that many black belts quit once they get their belt (because they believe they're done now).

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Iain Abernethy's picture

Happy Holidays!

Going “off the grid” for a couple of days now :-) Have a great Christmas folks! Thanks for all the great information, discussions and debates in 2016! Speak soon!

All the best,

Iain

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Free Sparriing in Karate

Hello to everyone, I have got a question for you.

Was there the Free sparring Jiu kumite, on traditional okinawa karate?

Many says the jiu kumite is a modern thing created when the karate is emigrated to the japan and associated it to the competition, but I Think who in a real street fighting you don't know your opponent, and how will he attack to you, all is unpredictable. Somebody says who there was the bogu kumite, somebody says who the traditional training it was the kata, and only kata???

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Iain Abernethy's picture

How to use a baton like LA police officer in the 1960s!

How to use a baton like a LA police officer in the 1960s! I love these old videos. Always fascinating to watch. There’s some very questi onable methods shown in the video: “Criminal grabbed your baton? Then execute a sacrifice throw!” (What if he simply lets go of the baton?). An interesting watch nevertheless.

All the best,

Iain

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Reading material recommendations.

Evening all,

As my time has been freed up lately I'm starting to read again on a regular basis. To cut a long story short could any of you be kind enough to point me in the right direction for any good Karate (or any good martial arts books) whether they be instructional or memoirs. I've got a decent sized library already so may of already read what's recommended but I'm sure there's many that I haven't. 

Many thanks and best regards 

Barry O

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Iain Abernethy's picture

Is BJJ catching TMAs cold?

This is an interesting watch. The first thing to note is that there is some bad language and crude sexual references in this video (not from Stephan Kesting, but the gent he’s interviewing). Not one to watch at work, with children around, or if you are easily offended. It adds nothing to the points being made, and it’s a shame it’s there, but if you see past that there’s some really interesting points being made.

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