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27 Feb

We’ve had a couple of kids in our club (or rather their parents) ask if there were any suitable books that they could read about karate. We were a little stumped at first because we hadn’t really considered that children might actually want to read about karate as well as practice it. We know plenty of good books for adults but not for kids…

Anyway I decided to set about researching what books were available for children of different ages to see what I could come up with. I was amazed – there are actually a lot of books written especially for children on all matters related to the martial arts from story books to technical manuals to history and cultural books and books that help kids adopt the correct mindset/attitude for studying karate. Here’s a synopsis of some of those books (all books available from Amazon, just click on title for direct link)

12 Jul

Do you ever feel a little stuck in a rut with your martial arts? Perhaps feel a little uninspired by it at the moment? Losing enthusiasm? Or perhaps you are the opposite – chomping at the bit to learn more, understand it better, ready to embrace the martial arts in a broader sense?

All the best martial artists have broad minds when it comes to learning more – it’s healthy to look outside the dojo walls from time to time. The martial arts world is a much bigger than you may imagine and all those different types of martial arts overlap, inter-link, influence and inform each other in a myriad of ways. Many will trace their roots to the same source. Karate, kung-fu and taekwondo can all claim a common heritage; so can jujitsu, judo, kendo, aiki-jutsu and aikido. It makes sense to learn from each other – to look for the similarities and differences between the arts.

06 Jul

I have become quite fascinated recently about the use of unbalancing principles in karate. It seems to me that it is an art form in itself; something that can and must be studied in isolation as well as in combination with various techniques....

Unbalancing is about disruption and control: Disrupting your opponent’s attack and seizing control of them. There is both art and science in understanding balance and unbalancing methods. It requires a scientific understanding of how the brain and body work together to enable balance combined with a sense of creativity in assessing the many ways in which your opponents balance can be disrupted.

To understand how to unbalance an opponent you first need to understand how we are able to balance in the first place. I wrote a previous post about balance called ‘martial arts – a balancing act’ where I described the three main tenets of good balance as being having a wide base of support, having a low centre of gravity and maintaining the head and spine in a vertical position. In this article I also discussed the importance of the ears, eyes and proprioception in the maintenance of good balance.

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