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Letter to the Goju-Shorei Community
Ten years ago I completed the requirements for 4th black in Goju-Shorei Weapons. I declined to accept that rank. I, more than those around me, knew I lacked the dedication, the commitment, the inherent ability to wear that belt. It hasn't gotten any better with time. I sometimes wonder if maybe I should have relinquished a stripe or two before now, so that the rank I hold might more accurately reflect my current martial arts ability.
I have forgotten the kata I created for my 1st black rank. Nobody else knows it, for I failed to pass it on. It was, I think, well thought out, involving…Continue
At least twice a month I have lunch with my instructor of almost 45 years, GM Archie.
I cherish these moments as we talk about martial arts, our private lives, martial arts, funny memories, martial arts.
I hope all martial artists are able to establish and maintain a close relationship with their instructors. Time passes quickly so if you haven't contacted your sensei for awhile, do so now. Tick, tick, tick.
Posted by Dave McNeill on March 13, 2015 at 4:55pm
I've written previously on the overall strategic goal of breaking down an opponents structural integrity, and of the specific tactics of blending, entering and avoidance footwork to keep your power and integrity intact while weakening and misaligning him. Let's add some more specific tactics to your arsenal.
As you come into contact distance, whether moving forward or angling back, your opponent will expose various targets. Every punch, kick, cut, tackle, etc. exposes some part of his anatomy for you to target with strikes or destructive controls and leverages. The purpose of your training is to supply you with the anatomical knowledge and the timing to take advantage of these exposed weaknesses. …Continue
“The Rocking Horse” (with the Flashlight)
Make sure you read my previous post – “The Rocking Horse” (with the Cane)
Disrupt – Shine/Flash the light into attacker’s eyes forcing them to lean BACKWARDs/away
(The light will NOT blind them, but it should make them flinch back and away.)
Strike the lower leg to bring the attacker FORWARDs/down
(My choice here was to contact the attacker’s leading leg right under the…Continue
Posted by Katherine A. Wieczerza on March 5, 2015 at 9:00pm