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The Way

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The Way we should live but usually don’t. As Martial Artists we are supposed to be role models, we usually are not.  Like so many we do things for selfish reasons.  We miss the multitude of opportunities God sends our way to do those small (and big) things and improve the lives of our fellow man.  Selfish.  Any discipline requires some denial of the self, be it diet to lose weight or not watching TV so you can practice that kata or technique a few more times.  If only we would apply that same sacrifice in our dealings with others.  The noise of the modern world seduces us so we can ignore those small important acts of kindness and love which help us grow and find internal peace.  What surprised me was the fact that it was a TVC Thai Life Insurance commercial/public service announcement that inspired me to reflect on this very fact…

Who did you help today?

Karate Dog versus John Voight

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Time for a Friday Funny….

What appears to be an older Mr. Myagi!

Not sure I want to deal with the Karate Tongue any time soon…

Jackie Chan…of course

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First I have to say that I am a huge fan of Jackie Chan’s.  I do not mean any disrespect in posting this video, it was simply to funny to pass up.  The video editing is masterful.  Enjoy…

Jackie Chan Hates Karate Kids



Taikyoku 3 (San)

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Master Gichin Funakoshi (Shotokan) derived the three Taikyoku kata from northern Chinese kempo and Shorin Ryu, the Okinawan karate style based on Chinese Shaolin (i.e. “Shorin”) kempo. Mas Oyama in turn adapted these for Kyokushin as he trained under Master Funakoshi. The Taikyuko kata utilize long, powerful stances and strong blocks and strikes. The Taiyoku Kata set includes:

  • Taikyoku Sono Ichi, Ni and San

Meanings of Taikyoku is literally translated as “grand ultimate”, and in Chinese, the kanji characters are pronounced Tai Chi. The word Taikyoku can also mean overview or the whole point – seeing the whole rather than focusing on the individual parts, and keeping an open mind or beginner’s mind. The beginner’s mind is what is strived for during training and in life. The beginner’s mind does not hold prejudice and does not cling to a narrow view. The beginner’s mind is open to endless possibilities.

Taikyoku 3 (San) (the details):

Contains: 20 Movements
Should take: About 40 seconds to perform (Kata Speed)

These next two images to help you understand the movements of the kata:

taikyoku1sttaikyoku2nd
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This next image shows the movement described below:
3-taiktoku-sandan

Step-by-Step Directions:
As always, begin the Kata in Attention Stance, with feet together, hands at your side and eyes forward. Every Kata begins and ends from this stance with a bow. This kata starts from a open stance after the bow with hands in ready position.

1. LEFT 90 DEGREE COUNTER-CLOCKWISE TURN, CAT WALK MIDDLE BREAK.
2. STEP INTO A FORWARD STANCE, DO A MID THRUST
3. 180 DEGREE CLOCKWISE TURN, CAT WALK MIDDLE BREAK.
4. STEP INTO A FORWARD STANCE, DO A MID THRUST.
5. LEFT 90 DEGREE COUNTER-CLOCKWISE TURN, DO A LOW BLOCK.
6. STEP, DO A HIGH THRUST
7. STEP, DO A HIGH THRUST
8. STEP, DO A HIGH THRUST (KEI)
9. 270 DEGREE COUNTER-CLOCKWISE TURN, CAT WALK MIDDLE BREAK.
10. STEP INTO A FORWARD STANCE, DO A MID THRUST.
11. 180 DEGREE CLOCKWISE TURN, CAT WALK MIDDLE BREAK.
12. STEP INTO A FORWARD STANCE, DO A MID THRUST.
13. LEFT 90 DEGREE COUNTER-CLOCKWISE TURN, DO A LOW BLOCK.
14. STEP, DO A HIGH THRUST
15. STEP, DO A HIGH THRUST
16. STEP, DO A HIGH THRUST (KEI)
17. 270 DEGREE COUNTER-CLOCKWISE TURN, CAT WALK MIDDLE BREAK.
18. STEP INTO A FORWARD STANCE, DO A MID THRUST.
19. 180 DEGREE CLOCKWISE TURN, CAT WALK MIDDLE BREAK.
20. STEP INTO A FORWARD STANCE, DO A MID THRUST (KEI).
CLOSE. BRING LEFT FOOT BACK AND BOW.

Still not sure…Here is a video to help you along:

Taikyoku 2 (Ni)

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Master Gichin Funakoshi (Shotokan) derived the three Taikyoku kata from northern Chinese kempo and Shorin Ryu, the Okinawan karate style based on Chinese Shaolin (i.e. “Shorin”) kempo. Mas Oyama in turn adapted these for Kyokushin as he trained under Master Funakoshi. The Taikyuko kata utilize long, powerful stances and strong blocks and strikes. The Taiyoku Kata set includes:

  • Taikyoku Sono Ichi, Ni and San

Meanings of Taikyoku is literally translated as “grand ultimate”, and in Chinese, the kanji characters are pronounced Tai Chi. The word Taikyoku can also mean overview or the whole point – seeing the whole rather than focusing on the individual parts, and keeping an open mind or beginner’s mind. The beginner’s mind is what is strived for during training and in life. The beginner’s mind does not hold prejudice and does not cling to a narrow view. The beginner’s mind is open to endless possibilities.

Taikyoku 2 (the details):

Contains: 20 Movements
Should take: About 40 seconds to perform (Kata Speed)

These next two images to help you understand the movements of the kata:

taikyoku1sttaikyoku2nd
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This next image shows the movement described below:
2-taikyoku-nidan

Step-by-Step Directions:
As always, begin the Kata in Attention Stance, with feet together, hands at your side and eyes forward. Every Kata begins and ends from this stance with a bow. This kata starts from a open stance after the bow with hands in ready position.

1. LEFT 90 DEGREE COUNTER-CLOCKWISE TURN, DO A LOW BLOCK.
2. STEP, DO A HIGH THRUST
3. 180 DEGREE CLOCKWISE TURN, DO A LOW BLOCK
4. STEP, DO A HIGH THRUST
5. LEFT 90 DEGREE COUNTER-CLOCKWISE TURN, DO A LOW BLOCK.
6. STEP, DO A HIGH THRUST
7. STEP, DO A HIGH THRUST
8. STEP, DO A HIGH THRUST (KEI)
9. 270 DEGREE COUNTER-CLOCKWISE TURN, DO A LOW BLOCK.
10. STEP, DO A HIGH THRUST.
11. 180 DEGREE CLOCKWISE TURN, DO A LOW BLOCK.
12. STEP, DO A HIGH THRUST
13. LEFT 90 DEGREE CLOCKWISE TURN, DO A LOW BLOCK.
14. STEP, DO A HIGH THRUST
15. STEP, DO A HIGH THRUST
16. STEP, DO A HIGH THRUST (KEI)
17. 270 DEGREE COUNTER-CLOCKWISE TURN, DO A LOW BLOCK.
18. STEP, DO A HIGH THRUST
19. 180 DEGREE CLOCKWISE TURN, DO A LOW BLOCK.
20. STEP, DO A HIGH THRUST (KEI)
CLOSE. BRING LEFT FOOT BACK AND BOW.

Still not sure, here is a video to help:

Consequences

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Our actions have consequences and those consequences impact lives.  I have seen families destroyed, friends dead, and crippled.  Recently a friend was seriously injured as the result of someone else’s actions.  Recovering from surgery his life may never be the way it was.  Fortunately in this case no children were involved.  Consequences impact lives, sometime those of innocent bystanders.  This 1 minute video should give us all pause to reflect on the consequences of our actions.

Notice there is plenty of blame to go around, actions, consequences.

Proud of my fellow Connecticut-ian

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Meet Robert Steed, a resident of Vernon, Connecticut who took three days straight off work to attend several gun control hearings in Connecticut. There isn’t a lot I can add to his testimony.

Robert Steed did a great job!

I am not sure which Representative dais this, he is clearly visible in the video (if you know who he is please post it in the comment section), but his word choice was interesting:

“As long as we live in an open and free democratic society your not going to be able to get a handle on all of the violence in our society.  …You’ll  get a better handle on it in a Dictatorship where they take all your guns and watch your every move….” …”we don’t want to go down that road”…

I believe in reading between the lines, especially with politicians.  First I thought to even bring a dictatorship up in the debate was interesting, but notice his wording at the end.  …”We don’t want to go down that road”  Wouldn’t it have been more appropriate (if you felt the need to even go there) to end with, but that will never happen in here, in this country.

On March 19th he was back at it again…

In follow-up testimony Robert Steed again knocks the ball out of the park!  Here it is:

 

Controlling your Body

ktadmin Posted in Awareness, Control, Technique, Training notes,Tags: , , ,
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The main focus of the Martial Arts is control.  Control of yourself, your body and your situation.  Perfecting a technique or Kata is all about being aware of your bodies position and controlling your bodies movements.  This awareness and control translates into the sparring ring allowing you to become aware of your opponents movements, patterns and ultimately vulnerabilities.  It all starts with control of your own body and movements.  The following video is an excellent example of a man who is in total control of his body and aware of it’s position and movements.  It is not a martial art demonstration but dubstep dancing, watch and be amazed…

The point to sharing this video is control starts with practice if you want to perfect any discipline or technique.  Whether it is Karate, Ballet, Mathematics, a musical instrument or Knitting it all starts with practice.  Practice takes perseverance to find success, so commit to practising everyday so you can find your control and perfection.  You won’t regret it!

Timing is everything

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OK, wait for the punch line…timing is everything

Even better when a wise @55 gets his! 🙂

No More Karate Electoral College!!

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You read right, it is all the rage, we are tired of going to competitions and having to deal with this insanely unfair Karate Electoral College.  The last competition I went to was so unfair, the vast majority of the people at the competition chose me as the winner.  It was clear by the crowds reaction, by the energy in the room, even an electronic poll they were running (American Idol style) had me the clear winner.  So what happened?  Some judges ruled that my opponent won and I lost!  That was the most unfair experience of my life and the crowd agreed.  Wouldn’t you?  Shouldn’t the most popular contestant win?  Shouldn’t the people be able to choose the winner, I mean they are watching the fight, they know!!  That is why we need to get rid of the Karate Electoral College!

Alright that didn’t happen quiet that way.  I am from a very small club, low budget, low body count.  What chance do we have at a competition?  Well if it is run fairly then a pretty good chance.  I have been to both, fair and unfair competitions, they look the same from the outside, they look the same to the crowd.  The illusion part is easy for the crowd, the contestants always know, but who do they complain to?

Democracy sucks.  The big clubs/schools, with the 500 students win.  The small clubs/schools don’t have a voice.  Democracy is High School, there are the popular kids (who can do anything up to and including murder), the normal kids (geeks – perspective people) and then there are the wanna-be’s (that is the crowd that want to be part of the popular kid club but are to self-deluded to see that they never will be and that the popular kids aren’t really that nice).  Yes I stereotype 😉

Perhaps, a popular vote wouldn’t be all that fair for anyone other than the person who can gain 51% support.  In other words the club/school who brings the most members has the best chance of winning.  Not very fair for the smaller clubs/schools!  Does that mean the Karate Electoral College is actually more fair?!  This video may shed some light on the matter, let me know what you think in the comments section…