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Do You Hit Things?

As karate is primarily a striking art, I have always believed in punch bag, focus pads, kick shield and makiwara, training.You may disagree, but one of my primary objectives with new and experienced karateka, is to encourage them to hit fast and hard. Not only is this an essential part of a striking art, such […]

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The ‘Shock Hit’ In And Out Of The Karate Dojo

One of our Karate club’s, Brown Belt’s, was kicked in the head recently with a beautifully timed and controlled mawashigeri (roundhouse kick). He was stunned, shocked and bewildered, but he was ok. The karate kick was well controlled, no lost teeth, no knockout, no broken jaw, no broken nose, in fact, no broken anything. So […]

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Dynamic Distance Control – Stretching Distance

In the video below we will look at using dynamic distance control. This is excellent drill for working on balance between commitment and control and getting good at it proves that one does not exclude the other. The basic question it asks is if you are able to adapt during those 0.2 second needed for […]

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Direct Attack As A Means To Engage The Opponent

In the video below we will look at using direct attack to engage the opponent. In general the defender facing the attack has two different options: staying engaged while moving forward, backward, sideways, remaining in place or – disengage by moving away from the attacker in any direction. While the first group of options allows […]

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Blocking Too Early

Being too eager to respond to opponent’s action, whether it means the attack or block that is too early, gives the other side strategic advantage. ​Video below this articleWhat it means is that initiating (attacking) side can invest less energy in order to receive more energy from blocking side in return. In other words the […]

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Vertical Slingshot

Technically speaking vertical slingshot is an essence of karate technique. It is a movement pattern which combines its internal and external aspects and does so in optimal proportion – in the way which “extracts” maximum energy out of the movement. That translates into unique quality and another level of performance, especially when speed, power and […]

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Ikken Hissatsu

The Japanese phrase Ikken Hissatsu is made up of three kanji, (ichi) meaning “one” , (ken) meaning “fist” and hissatsu meaning “certain kill or death”. To kill with one blow (ikken hissatsu) is a martial arts concept that, in todays modern world, very few karateka adhere to. No one knows for sure when ikken hissatsu […]

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The Karate Fist Seiken (fore-fist) Video

​The below article and video are from our FREE 7 Day Video Home Study Course, which you can access by clicking the button below, you will also get access to our bronze membership level for FREE!! CLICK HERE For Our FREE 7 Day Video Course Forming the karate fist (seiken) 1. Start from your little […]

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