Black Belt Coaching Course

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.



Colin Wee said…
Today I got Bill to do a self defence session for our students. He talked about the pre-fight ramp up, verbal defence, the fence, and then performing techniques to stop an opponent.

The main lesson for our beginning students is that a good offence is a great defence. Doesn't matter if you're not starting the fight, but if you're attacked, you need to initiate a counterattack before you get hit.

The defender needs to be committed to technique and be confident when that technique is pulled out of their bag of tricks. If the technique fails to work because you've slipped or missed the mark, you can levy it again or onto other parts of the opponent's anatomy.

The breath out is important! Your adrenaline surge is going to jack with your endurance and ability to perform under duress. This means you need to rely on your training. Stuff we do in the class isn't just fun or something different. These things are there to save your life. Any white belt technique is a legitimate technique that can be used in a serious self defence situation. You just need to practice and commit!
wmioch said…
Thanks for a great few days of training! I was introduced to a whole bevy of new concepts and new ways of looking at old concepts.

Two of the techniques that stick out that Colin covered are also some of the simplest. The sprinters analogy for generating power was a real eye-opener, not because of the concept, but because of the depth of knowledge Colin has demonstrated on the subject compared to most people I have trained with.

The proper positioning of the feet and body for generating forward, explosive (attacking) power has many parallels with sprinting, and as a teaching tool the analogy is amazing. The way that same technique for moving forward is used for generating power in kicks was also eye-opening.

The upper block has been taught to me by many different instructors over time, and they have all finished in pretty much the same position. Slightly angled, so that you're not taking the full force of a downward blow. As the bruises on my arm attest (Colin has a mean knife hand, see his post "Dan-Gun: Knife Hand on Premium Unleaded even in Back Balance" from August 14th 2007) we don't really want to take any of the force if we can avoid it. By increasing the angle of the upper block to a sharper one, the strike slides down the arm more easily, and with less pain for the blocker.

These are just some examples of ideas that are not new, or even revolutionary, but have been presented in new ways or in different places to where I am used to. Why shouldn't the block be a block you actually use for blocking?
Colin Wee said…
Such information or expertise that allows you to debate the use of martial art techniques in your arsenal is called 'Okuden' or 'hidden information'. Such hidden information was part of access rights to the rank you held or part of secret communications.

Okuden is very rarely nothing more than explainable phenomenon. I believe instances where Okuden is stacked up as being supernatural misleads people in order to maintain authority and silence.

Saying this, Okuden as explainable phenomenon can be simple and can be applied to the most basic of combative techniques.

In regard to the recent trend of bunkai (or pattern analysis), I don't feel much value is created from coming up with 1000 deadly ways of interpreting XYZ technique. I would rather see a handful of techniques which come with pragmatic instructions that will 1) increase damage inflicted and/or 2) reduce risk to oneself.

Glad you enjoyed the weekend training. Would you like access to this blog as a contributor so you can post on techniques you'd like to discuss?

wmioch said…
Sure, that would be great! It would give me somewhere simple and easy to access to get feedback about questions and issues raised in my classes and training.

Or if you prefer I could make a seperate one over the next few days.
Colin Wee said…
This Blog is specifically for Traditional Taekwondo, though there are obviously many overlaps, as was shown over the few days you were here. Perhaps it would be convenient if you discussed issues that were specifically raised during your stint here? Colin

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