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Wednesday, 18 July 2012 10:54

Training with injuries....

Do you train when you are injured? Should you train when you are injured? Of course it depends to some extent on the nature of the injury and whether surgery or other medical intervention is required to correct it....

I had an e-mail from someone who had fairly recently taken up martial arts but had sustained a shoulder injury requiring surgery and her doctor had advised her to stop doing martial arts. She was asking me what I thought and whether I had sustained injuries doing martial arts.

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Thursday, 12 July 2012 12:21

Broadening your horizons...

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.

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Friday, 06 July 2012 12:07

The art and science of unbalancing...

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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