I've been spending the last couple of days training Bill Mioch, our associate Black Belt member who's visiting us from the Eastern States. We've been going through his entire karate syllabus of techniques and discussing:
1. Proper muscles dynamics - power generated from hip twist or shoulder rotation or lunging force or whipping force.
2. Position of COG - for mobility and for control.
3. The nature of each striking technique - to reduce injury to yourself and to maximise striking force on the opponent
4. Techniques and strategy to use each technique - some techniques are used for close range, some for further away, some for gap closing. Such strategy or objective affects the way in which you hold the weapon or unfold it or apply forces as your technique bypasses opponent's defenses and strikes.
5. Aikido hand locks and throws - either forcing the joint into the spine and opponent's static COG or taking it out from the baseline.
6. Coverage and protection using traditional techniques - it's all related, kata and sparring - so it needs to protect you whilst you are facing an opponent that can hurt you.
7. Bill also got to experience some interesting sparring kumite theory - dealing with techniques which couldn't be seen so clearly until the end. Or techniques that messed around with visual perception so that they appeared faster than they were.
8. The last day Bill gave our students a good self defence lesson in response to an escalating scenario, which I'll highlight in a following response.
Perhaps I should let Bill highlight one or two techniques and expand on them for the sake of this Blog.