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Happy Constitution Day!

ktadmin Posted in Events & Holidays, History, Quotes, Video,Tags: , , , ,
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Today marks the establishment of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787. America’s birth was truly a miracle. The Founders knew their mission had a divine destiny to produce the first free people in the history of the world.  These principles are based on the success of a moral and religious society.  Think about that, when the Founders drafted the Constitution every other nation on the Planet was ruled by a King of sorts!

It is important for all Americans and I’d argue non-Americans to understand the Constitution beyond memorizing the words.  We want civic minded citizens that take their responsibility seriously.  After all you don’t want to look like this when asked about the Constitution!…take a look:

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Some may not realize the whole story of the Constitution, the thoughts, sacrifices and self-less devotion to a higher purpose that helped forge the greatest document ever written.  This little ditty is helpful in getting a better understanding and it is catchy too!

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Rather then expend my own feeble attempt at expressing my understanding and deep seeded loyalty to the Constitution there is one person who always makes a better spokesmen for America…well listen for yourself…

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Why should we pay attention to the Constitution?  Because so many men (and women) greater then you or me sacrificed their fortunes, positions and their very lives to secure a better future for their fellow man.

[zdvideo]http://karatetraining.org/weblog/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/GoodPatrickHenry.flv[/zdvideo]

SO think about what the Constitution really means today and throughout the rest of the year.

Here is an additional history references for the kids that I know, especially those who love History: President Fact Sheets.

Sparring Notes

ktadmin Posted in Awareness, State of Mind, Styles, Training notes, Video,Tags: , ,
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I have been working with my students to improve their sparring skills this month, it’s a great hot weather activity! Sparring can be a tough skill to perfect since everyone wants to jump in the ring and mix things up. Sparring is a very dynamic activity but it can be broken down to individual skills which can be perfected. A short list of these skills include: technique, stamina, focus, and self-awareness. As with any skill technique is paramount to success. Put on some boxing gloves and get in the ring doesn’t make you a boxer, the same is true for Martial Arts sparring. To often I’ve witnessed students at competitions degrade their technique to wildly slapping and kicking.

Sparring matches are won by staying in control. Control comes from confidence and technique. Confidence is something people have to find within themselves. Technique is somethings an instructor can help you perfect. I won’t delve into technique specifics as they vary from style to style, but form is critical to minimizing your vulnerabilities and maximizing your opportunities. Stamina comes with the practice and perfection of your form and technique. As we get older we need to add additional cardio-conditioning! 😉 With good technique and strong stamina you are well equip to win most matches simply by outlasting your opponent.

Focus is perhaps the more difficult thing to learn, as focus is probably the wrong word to use, since you need a lack of focus when sparring. Say what?!? If we focus on our opponent we forget about our surroundings, this may be OK in a sparring ring, but in a real fight that can be fatal. More importantly though focusing on your opponent can lead to signaling your movements. When I spar I typically spar primarily with my peripheral vision, this allows me to “focus” on movements as they occur not a specific movement. Let me give an example: if someone fakes a move with their left, then follows through with the real attack with their right… If I am focused on the person, then my focus will shift to the left fake, when the right comes in, I will have to realize it, shift my focus and then react. If I am focused on the situation, using my peripheral vision then I can more rapidly react to movements in my “sphere” of focus. Basically it reduces the thought process drag that comes from thinking to much. Relax your mind and your awareness becomes more basic, instinctual and reactionary. Hopefully that makes sense, I’ll be happy to clarify any of that.

Self-awareness is probably the most ignored part of sparring, though it is the direct result of good technique training and peripheral or sphere focus. When we spar it is important to be self-aware of your vulnerabilities. It is the only way you can truly improve your art. When you begin sparring your instructor will tell you what you are doing wrong. You should take this instruction as an opportunity to train yourself to find these corrections before you are told of them. The next step of course is correcting the problem, not always that easy. For example, two of my students where sparring and one would lean her head froward after a particular move. Her opponent realized this and he exploited it, with a downward strike to the head. A very bad way to get hit, a fight-ender. After the first hit, I pulled her aside and told her what she was doing. When she did it again I saw her realize it after it was to late. The third time her realization came a little sooner but still to late. Frustration was her enemy on the last point. She has the first part of self-awareness down and is now struggling with correcting the problem. It is a process, no different then learning your first martial arts technique.

I am including these videos for two reasons, first they are awesome! Secondly, they each demonstrate important aspects of sparring. See if you can figure out the importance of each video and post your conclusions in the comments section… Enjoy and pay attention!
[zdvideo width=”400″ height=”226″]http://karatetraining.org/weblog/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/Gorgeous-JackieChanAwesomeFight.flv[/zdvideo]

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQa7tlZZ_lM

Looking forward to the discussion…

Frozen People Skills

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This is an interesting experiment/prank that was carried out in Grand Central Station in New York City. 207 people froze for 5 minutes and held their position without moving or outward reaction to their surroundings. At least one of the frozen people was poked by someone trying to figure this out. So why is this of interest to a Martial Artist? For one it is a great display of self-control! Self-control is one of the cornerstones of Martial Arts training, without it we stand little chance of success. Yet many practitioners give it little attention. One drill I have done with my students is to have them freeze on command when practising. This can be done with almost any form including sparring and can be a great instructional tool. This helps the student learn to control their motor functions for instant response. Once frozen it is trivial for you to point out any mistakes in form but more importantly it is easy for the student to “see” their own mistakes. To often their is a mental gap between what we are told and what we preceive to be the truth, freeze training can help bridge that gap. Combine with the lesson of fine motor skill control and perfection of form, freeze training is a win-win combination! For fun though watch the video, perhaps you will think of some other uses for freeze training, regardless it is amusing!

There is another lesson here that deals with how people react to behavior they do not expect. In the video I don’t see anyone calling the police or actively attempting to figure out why the people aren’t moving. Personally I can think of a few things I would have tried, like going through one of their purses or pulling out someone’s wallet!! If they didn’t move then I’d have to seriously consider calling the authorities as then I’d have something concrete to give them! It would have been interesting to see the reaction of one of the frozen people to this type of reaction, since that is something they wouldn’t expect! In any situation doing what isn’t expected is usually a good thing because it can often give you enough of an advantage to either win or escape. Just a thought…

The Most Powerful Martial Arts Attack

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This is an awesome video presentation of various styles and Martial Arts strikes and kicks. While they attribute power to specific styles the important thing to note is the power of the specific attacks used since most styles include all of the attacks demonstrated (at least mine does!)

The First Day of Spring!!

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Gene Kelley’s most famous movie moment ever.

What better video clip can capture the Joy of Spring, Spring fever and what it is like to be in Love!

A romantic to the last! Enjoy the coming Spring with a song in your heart.

 

The Best Karate Kid Parody!

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I’m not sure I would call this a Parody, but that is the Title. This is really the best Karate Kid short I have ever seen. It is also one of the best Karate Shorts period. From the soundtrack to the filming this has a great professional feel to it. I especially like the ending when he refuses the bait, a very nice and realistic touch…you’ll understand…after you watch it.




We will spend some more time on this film during our upcoming Exclusive Interview the with creator Nic Shake.

Look for it soon right here!

The Champion Paradox

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This video clip is from a 2002 interview with Sir Roger Bannister, Doctor and Record setting marathon runner. Sir Roger Bannister was an amazing average guy athlete, he competed because he loved to run. I am posting this interview clip because the meat of what he is saying is rather motivational.

  Bannister

Here is a man who has witnessed and assisted in a transformation of the athletic arena over the past century. Above all though he still holds that in any sporting competition “What you think may happen doesn’t happen”. Ultimately a champion is beaten and a known or an unknown becomes the new champion. This is the Champion’s Paradox.This theme of competition is central to all sports including the Martial Arts. In the Martial Arts you are often competing against yourself to reach new heights or perfect new techniques. In the Martial Arts you are trying to best others not only with your technique but by finding flaws in their techniques. This is unique physical conflict sports like the Martial Arts and adds an additional mental component not as evident in other sports. Thus in order to truly perfect the Martial Arts and become a champion you must perfect the body, mind and spirit to triumph over both the external and internal struggles necessary for success.

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Happy Father’s Day

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This was to funny to pass up! Hope you enjoy this timeless classic 🙂

Now I’ve seen it all!…Karate Dog…

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Well I haven’t seen it yet, no one has…Karate Dog is a silly ABC Family Movie that will air May 29th…and yes I will probably watch it!!

Bruce Lee vs. The Karate Kid!

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I couldn’t resist!