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!
In my discharge I must say that I was just informed that I was fighting 100 rounds in my bye bye night from the JX Fight Club In Shanghai on my last day, last Thursday.
Why not? What could possibly go wrong?
I was OK, exhausted but not in the limit yet, until about round 16 when someone from Ukraine cracked one of my left ribs WITH AN ARMBAR!!!
Weirdest injury ever.
I could not sleep next night, I had to work next day, I had a 14 hours flight next next day and then 5 hours drive to my home town...
Well, he is a pro cage fighter so I guess it's OK.
Good luck on your fight tonight in Xi'an Vitalii!!!
Thanks everyone for attending my last day in JK Fight Club in Shanghai, where I learnt so my in this last year.
A year full of Shotokan and MMA, and that is a strange combo.
Three (3) of these guys were pro fighters, so I guess that put some quality on the fights.
Here it is, the full 24 minutes of fighting. Not much to learn from, because I spend most of it under someone(s).