Are Books Relevant in Training?

In this episode I had the pleasure of chatting with Dr. James Hatch, and our chosen topic was books on training.

As usual in our conversation we drifted over different subjects. I always enjoy talking with James as his depth of knowledge in Karate and many other subjects is just impressive.

We have ventured into some very controversial topics, that might spark up some debate.  I hope you will enjoy this conversation as much as I did.

Karate for Mental Health talk at the Guildford Library Anxious Black Belt Podcast

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  1. Karate for Mental Health talk at the Guildford Library
  2. Rory Miller Seminar
  3. Keep Your Mouth Shut
  4. Karate Black Belt with Sue Roberts
  5. Karate For Life

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Slippery Slopes and Dark Places of Karate

Lengthy conversation with Rob Davis from Red Fish Karate, about all things Karate. Visiting the “dark place” enjoying the ride down the slippery slope of being different, and having ability to think. Exchanging thoughts and experiences about the techniques and our perception of them, exploring fear and our reaction to it. Contemplating lightening the fu.k up. 

Hope you will enjoy this one as much as I did. 

Come along and join us on the engineering side of Karate ( correction I’m only a technician!)

Karate for Mental Health talk at the Guildford Library Anxious Black Belt Podcast

Recording from my talk at the Guildford Library 📚 If you got some value from this episode or simply like it, please share via social media and with your friends. If you did not enjoy it please impose it on your enemies and make them suffer! If you would like to support the show at no cost to you and you shop with Amazon, please feel free to use my affiliate link, for which I get a small commission when you purchase something – note that it is completely free for you! Please find the link below. https://amzn.to/3qqfuhy If you would like to support the Karate For Mental Health Programme, you can buy our merchandise (links below) or donate via ☕ Buy me a coffee 👇 https://www.buymeacoffee.com/KFMH Karate Journal here: https://amzn.to/3l9spmt  🥋About: Les Bubka is an author, Karate coach, entrepreneur, and creator of the #Hikite4ever T-shirt. Promoting inclusive Karate with a focus on mental health aspects of training. Teaching both nationally and internationally. let's connect: info@lesbubka.co.uk — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/lesbubka/message
  1. Karate for Mental Health talk at the Guildford Library
  2. Rory Miller Seminar
  3. Keep Your Mouth Shut
  4. Karate Black Belt with Sue Roberts
  5. Karate For Life

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Bassai Dai Application via Zoom

Footage taken from our Zoom class yesterday, where we examined the bunkai associated with a section of Bassai Dai. Apologies for the poor video quality.

To learn and practice this application please seek instruction under the supervision of a qualified Sensei. Thanks for watching! https://www.shinaidokarate.com https://www.facebook.com/Shinaidomart… https://wordpress.com/pages/shinaido…. Kind regards, Les

Karate Unity Q&A with Les

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I’m sure that some of forum members came across Chris Hanson’s Live Q&A,

Chris does awesome job bringing all sorts of martial arts instructors from wide range of arts and sports to chat about all martial arts related topics.

I find his work entertaining and really helpful in learning what other people do within martial arts, in a humours and energetic way.tarcza2

I was fortunate enough to be invited to one of his sessions where we talked about cross training, mental health and bit about my book.

 

Recording from that session below, hope you will enjoy it.

Kind regards Les

 

Bassai Dai – Sukui Uke

Short clip on application of Sukui uke (scooping block) as a takedown or a throw.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: LES BUBKA IS AN EXPERIENCED MARTIAL ARTIST, PERSONAL TRAINER AND THERAPIST WHO SPECIALISES IN POSTURE, MOBILITY AND KARATE.  LES WORKS WITH A WIDE VARIETY OF CLIENTS INCLUDING MARTIAL ARTISTS AND ATHLETES AS WELL AS THOSE SUFFERING WITH POSTURAL DYSFUNCTION OR THOSE WHO WISH TO IMPROVE THEIR FITNESS AND WELLBEING.

 

I Challenge You Sir!

At my last seminar I was challenged.  “Sir your stuff doesn’t work! I challenge you to a fight to the death. The winner takes over your school and your students!” No not really, but it sounds great though doesn’t it? Straight from one of those Chinese Kung Fu movies we all love!

What really happened was a very civilised discussion with a great bunch of martial artists. We had been working on a technique from pinan sandan / sono san, which includes a turn with a dropping, extended arm followed by a turn, at least in our version of this kata.

 

My interpretation of this move is a block and body drag around the centre of the defenders body. The block in this case is a knee hold, blocking the leg from making a step while we drag the body, resulting in the opponent losing their balance.

 

At the seminar we had started with the second stage of the technique development (click here to read more about the steps) which is quite static and needs a bit of cooperation from our partner to make it work. The conversation started as a few people were struggling with the technique due to a resisting opponent.

 

This gave me a chance to elaborate more about the steps of technique development. It is natural that techniques don’t work at this stage as our partner knows our intention, technique and timing. Without the element of surprise both trainees can prepare for what’s coming and easily block the action.

 

Then we moved on to the next stage where we added a little pressure testing, starting the technique from pummelling, where only one person performs the technique and the other tries to stop it. We soon all noticed that just by taking the known timing away from the equation it is very hard to block or counter the technique, even when we know what’s coming.

 

This challenge showed us the importance of pressure testing all of our techniques from both perspectives (the attacker and the defender). In particular it’s important to consider when a partner is cooperating and when they are not. Pressure testing verification gives us an idea of changing conditions and “real” techniques as not all techniques will work under all circumstances.

 

It was a great seminar with wonderful people in support of the  Combat Stress Charity.

If you enjoyed this Article “I Challenge You Sir” and are interested in reading my book about mental health and Karate please check it out on Amazon:

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Les Bubka is a dedicated practitioner of the way of the empty hand and has been for over twenty years.He is the founder of LB Posture Training, which incorporates the art of karate with his personal training qualifications in order to help people.
Les has experience in running projects in association with mental health charities and other institutions, introducing Karate as a tool to help build confidence, self-esteem and physical activity to disadvantaged members of community.
Les runs an inclusive club in guildford (UK) where everyone is welcome.

 

 

Jodan Uke vs Shuto Uke- What’s the difference and does it matter?

 

I love it when students ask questions. Sometimes as a teacher I think that some things are obvious and everyone knows what I mean. In that moments it is great to have students who are not afraid to ask questions, even if they think they are trivial.

On our last session one student asked about the difference between Jodan and Shuto Uke, as for that student they feel very similar. Here’s my explanation about the differences from my perspective.

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About the author: Les Bubka is an experienced martial artist, personal trainer and therapist who specialises in posture, mobility and Karate.  Les works with a wide variety of clients including martial artists and athletes as well as those suffering with postural dysfunction or those who wish to improve their fitness and wellbeing

Speak Up!- Podcast for Matured Martial Artists

I had a great pleasure to talk with Sensei Matt Jardin about mental health, martial arts and brain.

Matt honoured me to be his first guest, I have thoroughly enjoyed this conversation, Matt has the gift to make you instantly welcomed and comfortable.

Please have a look at our conversation below.

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About the author: Les Bubka is an experienced martial artist, personal trainer and therapist who specialises in posture, mobility and Karate.  Les works with a wide variety of clients including martial artists and athletes as well as those suffering with postural dysfunction or those who wish to improve their fitness and wellbeing

Tai Sabaki – Body Managment

Hi all,

At yesterday’s session we had a look at ways of unbalancing our opponent, clip below is result of our discussion at the club.

This is one of the possible uses of the Tai Sabaki

Kind regards,

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About the author: Les Bubka is an experienced martial artist, personal trainer and therapist who specialises in posture, mobility and Karate.  Les works with a wide variety of clients including martial artists and athletes as well as those suffering with postural dysfunction or those who wish to improve their fitness and wellbeing

From Kata to Fighting

 

60242248_2284265311811678_1967447573958492160_o.jpgKata (form) – Karate shadow boxing. The mention of Kata evokes all sorts of emotions in people. From passion to laughter everyone has an opinion ranging from a functional self defence training tool to merely a comical dance performed by kids in pyjamas. Unfortunately over the years this picture of a dance has been painted by an ignorance of Karate teachers. This has led to the display of unrealistic applications for the moves within the forms with a total disregard for anatomy, physiology and common sense. As a result we see demonstrations of techniques out of this world which have no real chance of working

Kata is an essential part of the Karate. Most masters agree that the pure essence of Karate are its forms, but forms that are understood and studied not just copied and mindlessly repeated.

“Like textbooks to a student or tactical exercises to a solider, kata are the most important element of Karate.” Gichin Funakoshi

“In karate, the most important thing is kata. Into the kata of karate are woven every  manner of attack and defense technique. Therefore, kata must be practiced properly, with a  good understanding of their bunkai meaning.”  Kenwa Mabuni

For me kata must be functional, not necessarily looking very crisp with structured timings. The latter attributes are great for sport competition and aesthetics, but when I look at that type of performance I can see that often performers don’t know why they do all of the moves within the given form. It is a very athletic and eye pleasing performance but function is left behind.Kanku_kata

“Never be shackled by the rituals of kata but instead move freely according to the opponent’s strengths and weaknesses.”Nakasone 

I value more a kata where I can see that the person executing it knows why he does what he does. The movement may not be so precise but it screams that I’m doing ‘this’ now.

“We must be careful to not overlook the fact that kata, and the body positions that comprises them , are just templates of sort; it is their application in combat which needs to be mastered.” Choki Motobu

At my club beginners don’t start with learning the form pattern, they are introduced to the principles and partner work along side the kata. In my experience it is easier for students to learn a form if they understand what they are doing.

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When students grasp the basic concepts then we can focus on technical aspects of a kata and polishing technique. The next step is to introduce partner work with little resistance, so the practitioner can find the right technical pathway to make a technique work. When this is achieved we add another layer whereby the compliance is decreased, but trainees are sticking to the structure of one attack one defence. In this way they have a basis of understanding ingrained for an application of an element of a kata and they can follow closely the kata’s path.

UntitledEvolving on from a low level of resistance we move on to pressure testing where a student will still stay with a given application but wears protective gear and resistance is applied. There is no continuity after the initial attack, students focus on one given attribute and try to make it work under pressure. The next step is full interaction with a live resisting opponent who is allowed to fight back. The “defender” at this stage is still trying to make the chosen application work. The last stage of this learning is a free work where one partner is the attacker and the other is defender. The defender has the kata available to use and can use freely parts of the form depending on the need in the moment.  For example he can choose to start with an opening section moving on to the last part of the kata as circumstances change and follow that with the middle part of the form if necessary.

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The final stage is sparring – not the sport style of sparring but starting from a dispute and then one partner decides to attack. The defenders target is to fight back and try to use the kata’s tools to achieve an opportunity to escape or disable the opponent’s ability or will to attack. In this stage we don’t worry about which kata part is used or joined together if it’s effective.

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Les Bubka

About the author: Les Bubka is an experienced martial artist, personal trainer and therapist who specialises in posture, mobility and Karate.  Les works with a wide variety of clients including martial artists and athletes as well as those suffering with postural dysfunction or those who wish to improve their fitness and wellbeing