Each of us bring our own personal natural resources to our dojo or training facility, whether it be wonderful stretch and flexibility, terrific kicks and punches, a quick mind and talent for memorizing kata, power, an open mind or whatever it may be – we all bring a skill or something to the proverbial dojo table! Do we concentrate on working to our individual strengths or do we collectively bring all of what we have to bear down and involve our entire body from head to toe, enhanced by our natural gifts to realize our full potential? In other words, how do we make our punches and kicks even better, how can we make our blocks be even more assertive? We can enhance each of our techniques by involving more of what we innately have already inside, using our body components seemingly not related to our technique for full impact.Our punch is never just delivered with our shoulder, arm and then our fist (as the contact point!)Our punch is the sum total of our full body potential, meaning our mass (body weight), body momentum and shifting, relaxation, speed and kime are all included to deliver a punch with anything less, cheats us out of a fully completed and satisfying technique.The same principles are applied to our kicks. To deliver a kick with just raising our feet and flicking out quickly, is to short change our understanding of what is really involved in this offensive technique! Kicks are delivered with our full body potential, in that our whole body is involved! From our feet up, we root into the ground, the push off starts on our foot, the twitch within our Koshi (hip/waist) kick starts (pardon the pun) and initiates our body mass momentum in the form of a wave from our feet up through hips into our kicking leg, unfolding our rising kicking knee to our ankle and driving our foot forward to the target – all with our body mass involved in a forward motion contributing to our technique. Full body potential is involved, not just our leg or foot – much more is added to this action, if we only allow it to happen.Understanding the power train sequence of mechanics within our bodies from our own mass, our breathing, our tendency to relax to mastery of technique and maybe even the ‘zen’ mind, will always assure a committed action that leaves nothing on the table of karate-do!Use everything you have at your disposal within your full mental and physical potential to reach greater heights in training.
Ota Sensei will be visiting the Orillia Martial Arts Centre.
Orillia Martial Arts Centre
3 Brammer Dr
Orillia, ON-L3V 6H3
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Hi folks. There has been a lot of debate as of late about stretching. Which techniques are good, and which ones are bad. What bad stretching habits have been developed over the years and why we need to get rid of them. A good Karate practitioner will spend a great deal of time stretching, so, it’s very important that he/she understands which methods are useful, and which ones may be harmful. I found a great article called 5 Stretching Myths That Have Got To Go on www.health.com that explores some of the myths around stretching. Let me know what you think!
…Someone needs to write an article about the stretch we do in Karate to warm up our necks. You know, the one where you roll your head around in circle? I’m pretty sure that’s horrible for your upper spine.
Check out this really cool article on tofugu.com detailing a plethora of ancient Japanese weapons! Some you’ve heard of – but others you probably have not.