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Logical Fallacies and the Martial Arts (video)

In this video I discuss some of the widespread logical fallacies that we see during discussions and debates within the traditional martial arts community. Good quality debate is one of the tools we can use to rid ourselves of bad ideas and to ensure good ideas are fully realised. However, poor quality debate – based on dogma, emotion and the logical fallacies discussed – is largely pointless. We need a lot more of the former, and far less of the latter, if traditional martial arts are to thrive and grow.

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What is the BEST Martial Art?

Discussions and debates about which is the best martial art are commonplace. However, which martial art is “best” will ultimately be determined by the specified goals of the individual practitioner. In this video we discuss some of the key considerations in determining which is the most suitable martial art for any given practitioner. Topics discussed include:

Self-Protection

Sport Pressure

Testing Fitness, Health and Longevity

Traditional or Modern

Training Environment

Cultural Interest

Personal Enjoyment

And More!

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Another Motobu Inspired Pad Drill

In this video we look at a pad drill inspired by the two-person drills of Choki Motobu (1870–1944). Those familiar with his drills will recognise which elements we are making use of. Additionally, we can also see Motobu’s expressed combative concepts in play i.e. “Always strike from where your hand is in that moment”, “Blocking with one hand a striking with the other is not true martial arts”, etc.

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Kururunfa Bunkai: Shoulder-Lock Takedown

This short video looks at a shoulder-lock takedown from Kururunfa kata. There are number of suggested bunkai for this sequence. My critique of the more widespread ones is that some ignore the back hand, and most ignore the angle at which the kata shows the sequence. The angle at which the sequence is performed is key because it tells us that we have moved to the side of the enemy:

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More on the TRUE role of Hiki-Te (hand on the hip)

“When pulling a hand to the hip, it should be considered to have some part of the opponent in its grip. e.g. an arm, wrist or even head.” - Seikichi Toguchi

“The meaning of the hiki-te is to grab the enemy’s arm and twist and pull as much as possible in order to break the enemy’s posture” – Gichin Funakoshi

The original video can be found here: https://youtu.be/1IftIgEvnSc

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Kururunfa Bunkai: Opening Sequance

This short video looks at bunkai for the opening sequence of Kururunfa kata.

You can find the YouTube link HERE

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The Role of Karate Kihon

In this video I discuss the role of kihon within karate training. For a more detailed explanation of my thoughts, please read this article:

https://www.iainabernethy.co.uk/article/case-kihon

All the best,

Iain

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The Opening Moves of Unsu

Jesse Enkamp and I discuss the opening moves of Unsu. It was fun to make these videos! New podcast with Jesse and me coming soon! 

All the best,

Iain

PS The YouTube link is HERE

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Two Karate Throws: Pinan to the Front / Naihanchi to the Back

In this video we look at two complementary karate throws. We first look at a way of establishing a side-on grip. We then look at two throws that can be applied from that position: one if the enemy is leaning forward; the other if they are leaning backward.

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Jesse Enkamp and Iain discuss Chinto / Ganaku bunkai

Jesse Enkamp and I discussing the use of “crane-stance” in Chinto / Gankaku! This was filmed at KNX19. It was a fun event and I’m really grateful to Jesse for sharing this footage.

All the best,

Iain

PS YouTube link HERE

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