Catching up with Iain... And have you seen a Roundhouse Kick lately!

Ok! I have to admit it, I like the sound of his voice.  I am sure he is a scary guy but his voice is very happy. Today, I had a spare half hour to listen to one of the podcasts.  It was about "What makes a technique a 'Karate' technique.  Now you might ask yourself the same thing, what does a karate technique constitute of.

Is it something specific that no one else does? 
Is it something that you see everywhere you look in the martial arts world?
Is it something that you have never seen before?

It seems that certain techniques are just in kata, some are practised only in the training hall, others are disappearing, and some are making a re appearance. 

Examples of ones not in kata, are Roundhouse Kick, rather strangely, as we practise the kick a lot in our classes, and hook kick.  A good roundhouse kick is a damage maker if you have the distance, and a hook kick a competition winner, but are they in your kata?  As I think about all the kata I have learned so far, I am struggling to find either, I can find a Front snap kick, a side kick, both crescent kicks, even a twist kick, but so far I have not found one, the kick though is not disappearing. 

Techniques in kata, that your style of martial art may not practise are throws and locks, again I say they may not be in your style, but that does not mean you are incomplete, it is just that it is not taught.  Mr Abernathy himself tells us, they removed hook kick from their syllabus.

Some people suggest that throws are Judo only, that locks are Aikido only, both martial arts are not just that, those items may be their main component but there are other things involved.

"One more thing" - Jackie Chan Kids program my boys used to watch, Jackie's Uncle!
Keep your guard up is one of the things that we yell loudly in our classes, but ask yourself, is your guard up in your kata?  It may not be, it probably should be in your sparring, as a 'just in case you don't get out of the way moment' happens, but guard hands are just that, and think, what should they be doing?  The things they should be doing, especially in a realistic situation, is working all the time to manipulate the opponent into where you want them.  In theory, the hands and arms should be pro actively protecting and striking, to gain the upper hand.

Different arts encompass different aspects of training, some systems have everything in there, others just a part of it.  All are good, all learned to the same point, then evolve into what is required to make sure it goes forward.  The old fuses with the new, some of these fusions are better than others.  Differing systems adopt other systems ideas and techniques to produce their own blend.  Each time this happens the systems change, but each change brings a more fluid set of ideas to follow.  No one set of martial arts possess a technique, as each martial art found the technique itself.  Each technique evolved at different times and in different places, so no one martial art own the techniques!


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