Instructors in martial arts very often use the term ‘muscle memory’, but they often cannot actually explain what it means. In this article I will try to explain my views on this topic. I will begin with some definitions for muscle memory, motor skills and subconscious reactions. These […]
The makiwara is a training tool in Karate used to condition our arms and legs to create powerful blows with the unarmed weapons of our body. There are divided opinions about the purpose of the makiwara. Some old masters say that it was just a punishment tool for […]
Below few videos on our Kihon Kata.
This time I would like to write about approaches towards gradings, belt systems and the black belt. Starting with my story, I began training in martial arts when I was 14. The same as all beginners I dreamt of becoming a black belt and being able to kick […]
In this article I would like to say a few things about our karate style, Shin Ai Do. I have been prompted to write this article thanks to a question from one of my blog readers, Alex. His question made me realise that perhaps I should explain a […]
Originally posted on The Wandering Fist:
Coloured sashes to designate rank are a foreign concept to me. I do not wear, and have not worn, a belt within this kind of system. Yet the plot thickens: the story I tell is of two groups within the same organisation,…
Here is a little insight into our approach to functional karate and kata. This video shows the first level of bunkai (application) of Tensho kata. Note that the video does not provide all the details of what we do. It is best to meet, try and feel the […]
Here is link to on line version of Mas Oyama book Essential Karate. This book was one of the first which I have bought. Enjoy
In Shin ai do karate we have two kinds of kata: classical and modern. This clip shows one of our quick forms with application. Function of this form is providing the bridge between classical self protection captured in old Kata and modern sports fighting.