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.
First of all, thank you to all my partners in Budokan Castellón who helped me prepare for the fight, thanks to Pedro, David, Xufei and specially Sensei Josep Florido for coming with me and helping me on fight night.
Also, thanks to VFL for having me in this event.
I would also thank my sponsors, but...
Spatial awareness run (thanks Ramsey!).
Waiting for an opponent.
Moving my arms.
Thinking of the tactic.
Where are my gloves?
Well, the experience was amazing!
I got to fight in a cage, in a nice promotion, against a very strong guy and then got to walk home unharmed, sure of having given all I had inside, that was not much.
I gassed out too soon and could not play along very well.
But it doesn't matter. The other guy, Fabio Wellinton, was more experienced, stronger and did a better fight. He was a nice guy before and after the fight and that is important too.
Now, the fight:
Oh, yes, he won.
I had a chance of finishing the fight on the first round when…
As I always stress in this blog (I should call it "Psychological Karate") the most important thing (in my opinion) is to be able to react to attacks.
If you do not freeze, then you are half saved.
Look at this guy:
The father, not the kid.
The people behind just had the automatic reaction of "flinching", that is "doing nothing useful", but he had the cold blood to try to protect his kid's face.
Father instinct I hear you say?
Maybe, but maybe not.
He did what he had to do.He reacted in the most useful way to protect his kid, not himself.
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