In this sunny day I used my brother Elies, part time karateka, to shoot a video I had in mind for a while.
He lives in France and came to visit, so I took the chance to take him to the roof under the mid day sun and make him part of this blog. We almost had to shoot the video wearing sunglasses!
In this video I must explain first that I am not saying that all the "blocks" in kata must be used like this. I am just suggesting one way of "reading" what the different uke techniques can mean in the context of a kata.
Of course, I forgot to explain shoto uke...
Well, first I show the common application to uchi uke. Then I (try to) show how this can be useless in a fight. You can see that my brother is not attacking with all his will so I can deflect quite easily, but you get the point, don't you?
I choose to explain a point of view that is similar to that of Aikido, but it also is something I use in MMA and while on the ground because I works for me.
So cool, uh?
But today is not about being cool, is about understanding why we move the way we move in Karate.
Oh, but we all move in different ways!!!
Yes, I am aware that in different styles we move in different ways, and that is what I am exploring today.
And I would love to hear your thoughts about this. The video.
I hope I worded everything clear enough. Not as easy to film as I thought beforehand...
And sorry for the title of the post. No enough space to make a clear one!
Let's start by the most obvious: pissing off the people who can give you one.
Let's forget that you are a mediocre asshole karateka, with sub-par ability, questionable work ethic and horrible technique.
Let's forget that nobody believes that any instructor gave you a brown belt when you can not even do a zenkutsu dachi + gedan barai in a convincing way.
How to qualify for a black belt?
That is something between your Sensei and you, and that is not the point of this post.
Well, this guy in my old dojo kept asking for a black belt promotion (without testing) because he thought he was good enough.
And still keeps asking everyday to the instructors to this day, two years later.
Not only his Karate is in a level that would embarrass any 6 years old in a McDojo but he uses our internal group for ranting about himself.
And always giving advice to everyone. Advice that sucks, that's it. Just an example:
(I guess he was drunk again, because it was 2:16 am)