Martial Arts for a modern era
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We would like to take this time to publicly thank McCarthy Kyoshi for his help and guidance in our system and its studentís training.
We believe that it is important to understand the history and philosophy of Toudi (Karate) in order to grow and develop properly. "On Ko Chi Shin" - To study the old is to understand the new.
The Study of Koryu Uchinadi consists of traditional non-competitive martial arts, a totally application based defensive tradition, punctuated with moral philosophy, and highlighted by introspective teaching as a single study.
Kata of Koryu Uchinadi Taisabaki Jodan Taisabaki Gedan Taisabaki Chudan Daiichi Taisabaki Chudan Daini Taisabaki Kaishu Daiichi Taisabaki Kaishu Daini Chokyu Happoren Hakutsuru Kusanku Naifanchi Nanshu Nepai Aragaki Niseishi Patsai Rakan-ken Ryushan Sanchin Aragaki Seisan Sochin Unsu Wando
It is important that when you begin training in Karate that you take certain steps to insure that a proper foundation is developed. The foundation should be based on what your aims and objectives are. Of course please remember that you must balance your physical training with mental assimilation of the history, philosophy, and cultural background of the art that you are training in.
Karate can be one of 5 things:
1. An interesting alternative to conventional physical fitness.
2. A competitive rule bound sport,
3. A form of self-defence, based solely on the person's knowledge of the defensive themes.
4. A way of life
and 5. A respectable and rewarding occupation.
The purpose of training for self-defence. We must first look at types of confrontations, mutual, augmented, and habitual acts of violence. The latter is the one we will deal with mainly for this article. Although I feel that once learned, these may be used in all types of confrontations. Kata although very therapeutic and holistic, does not teach you self-defence, but only to culminate the knowledge that you have already learned.
Self-defence can only be properly studied and refined through two man-training drills. Remember that there are 36 habitual acts of violence. Once the acts of violence are learned, then we can begin to study how to deal with them. However, in order to do this you must first have a solid foundation. The proper development of punches, kicks, stances, strikes, and blocks, should be trained through a systematic format. A format that develops the learnerís ashi sabaki and tai sabaki (foot and body movement) as well as coordinated moves to prepare the learner for the complex moves of the two man drills as well as the kata.
The learner should also use supplemental training aids, such as: Makiwara (striking post), Nigiri-game (gripping jars), Chishi (stone lever weights) and others, just to mention a few. These supplemental exercises help in the development of physical strength, stamina, speed, and muscle coordination. Conventional weight training, stretching, and running are also recommended. Daily training must take place.
The ability to defend oneself is based solely on ones understanding of, and their ability to effectively negotiate the defensive themes. This can only be attained through relentless training. In Itosu Ankoh's Ten Lessons, dated October 1908, Itosu said, "Karate cannot be adequately learned in a short space of time. Like a torpid bull regardless of how slowly it moves it will eventually cover a thousand miles. So too, for one who resolves to study diligently two or three hours every day. After three or four years of unremitting effort ones body will undergo a great transformation revealing the very essence of karate".
In closing before one begins training in Karate do, there should be a clear understanding of your aims and objectives so that training can be matched. You should seek out a qualified teacher that has the ability to lead you towards your goal. Last but not least, you must make a full commitment to fulfil your goal.
Remember, obtaining black belt (shodan: the beginning), only means that you have developed a foundation strong enough to continue further studies in Karate do. Itosu Ankoh's Ten Lessons: Translated by Patrick McCarthy: International Ryukyu Karate Research Society
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