Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Determination makes All Things Possible.

The race does not always go to the swift.
More important is the determination of a man.
In his case, there is a truly focused mind.
Just on Do.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

"If you grab, kick them. If you are grabbed, kick them."

The kick, when you grab the opponent, you'll get it, and you'll get it.

"If you grab, kick them. If you are grabbed, kick them." - Motobu Choki

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Satani Nage of Bujikan

Ishizuki Sensei demonstrating
Satani Nage

And from a different angle

The kick to the hip, locks their leg and sets up the takedown.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

There Can Be Only One

So the idea there only need be a few forms for a strong system still rolls around.

Now I like my system, which is why I continue to practice it.


But let’s think again on the process.


There are many techniques in many countries which cover the same material as Okinawan arts. Some use forms, some don’t.


To rethink the question one might say why use more than one technique series as enough for anyone.


Now theoretically all one must do in know how to insert that technique into any attack and conclude it. Sure that takes intense training, but then what dosen’t.


Then to cover the basis of if someone works out which technique you may use, you cover your basis and periodically change the technique. That forces you to keep retraining yourself to remain fresh. You would also have your last technique on tap to remain unpredictable.


Obvously you would not teach your student(s) your technique, instead guide them to developing their own technique. Using past techniques you had master and discarded from use to continually test them.


A theoretical consideration.

Friday, February 17, 2017

As Time Goes By

You must remember this,
A punch is still a punch,
A kick is just a kick,
And fundamental things apply,
As time goes by

Once I attempted to soar with the eagles


The story begins long ago, about in 1981. I was a much younger Isshinryu Black Belt then, totally on my own with my  Boys Club karate program. Realizing I need more I began training with many friends I had met.

One of them was Ernest Rothrock, who began teaching my Yang Tai Chi Chaun. After a while I began a series of other studies of various Chinese forms because I wanted to have some I idea how to judge Chinese competitors at the tournaments I went to compete and also judge at.


At that time we commenced a whole string of studies. Not to become a Chinese stylist but for knowledge. Time passed, I finished the initial learning of the Yang form, it took me 2 years. My other studies continued. From forms in Shaolin, Pai Lum, Northern Tai Mantis and more. I began traveling along with Ernest, to attend tournaments with separate Chinese divisions, along with karate divisions.


I knew he was going to New York City to study with Sheum Lueng in Faan Tzi Ying Jow Pai. But he was not teaching that to his students, instead was taking the long journey to learn the entire system, one that would occupy him for 25 years, and only then did he begin to teach it.


On that trip I innocently asked could I study an Eagle Claw form (not realizing he was not teaching that to his students). He thought for a while then told me he would have to ask his teacher.


Now I was never goint to be a great practitioner of that art. He did get permission and began to teach me the form Hong Kuen, Walking Form, as he called it. It was one of the 3 major forms of Eagle Claw, and contained all of the Eagle Claw locks (though not every variation of them). It consisted of 10 rows of techniques, and was closely based on Long Fist too.




I suspect he taught me to just learn what it was like to teach someone Eagle Claw. That took another year or so before I got the form. At least as what I could do.Then he soon moved to start another school in Pittsburgh and I eventually moved to New Hampshire.


Without others to practice kung fu alongside, eventually I had to make choices, and this form was one I chose to discontinue. For one thing I had learned too much with too many people, There was not enough time to do everything I had learned. And I made choices. But as Ernie told me, you never forget what you learn and that is the main thing.


There is a great, great deal I did not study. For one thing an important part of the study consists of about 75 empty hand forms, and another 75 weapons forms, and many other practices.  Such as numerous 2 person forms, and unique Eagle Claw sparring practices. And of course there is more, It took him 25 years to gain competency in the entire system for a reason.



 Eagle Claw Dai Hong Kuen (Big Hero's Fist)


Eagle Claw (Chinese: 鷹爪派; pinyin: yīng zhǎo pài) is a style of Chinese martial arts known for its gripping techniques, system of joint locks, takedowns, and pressure point strikes, which is representative of Chinese grappling known as Chin Na.

How the Eagle Claw system is taught varies between each teacher's skill and experiences. What is consistent of an Eagle Claw Master is their knowledge of the 3 core sets of the style.

Xing Quan (行拳) is known as the "Walking Fist." This set consists of ten to twelve rows of techniques representative of what is today known as Shaolin Fanziquan.



        1st section

2nd section
       3rd section
4TH section
5th section

6th section

7th section

8th section
9th section
10th section

 And that was then, this is of course now  and this has become a memory of when I attempted to soar with the eagles.

In the Land of Blind Men, the One Eyed Man is King

You have eyes but can not see.

You have ears but can not hear.


I have never studied Hakkoryu Jujutsu.

But several decades ago I did read a book.

It was Dennis G. Palumbo’s

Secret Nidan Techniques of Hakkoryu Jujutsu’

He began explaining his own training for the NiDan level of Hakkoryu, describing the very painful lock being used.

Now you can view a YouTube of some of those practices, here.

Hakko denshin ryu Nidan kihon Tachi waza
During Palumbo Sensei’s own training in Japan you were often the attacker, receiving those techniques. Very rigorous training. And after a while he started experiencing Geri, Which was extremely disquieting to him. Eventually he mentioned it to the other students he was training with. They started laughing as that was a byproduct of the training at that stage.
The manner in which the lock was formed worked it against a point on the wrist, and that point when stimulated repeatedly caused the Geri condition.
Of course I have not studied it intensely and cannot vouch that is the result.
The first sequence shows the manner in which the lock is formed.

What is unique is the manner which the index finger is standing
straight out.     What is happening is the pad at the base of that finger is pressing into that point on the forearm just behind the wrist, generating pain making the lock more effective.
Then the finger can continue to point toward the ground creating an option where the movement of the lock can go, toward the ground.
Of course I found this interesting and I spent some time trying to work it on my own. But I did not have the training to get it done, I also did not experience the Geri.
One of my friends studied Faan Tzi Ying Jow Pai, which is also known for their painful locks. The system was named for them Eagle Claw. But they are formed with a different principle, and many facets of training develop those locks over the decades making them extremely painful. Although I only studied one facet of that system, I did not gaing that level of execution. But I have had what is involved explained to me, and of course felt my friends decades of own development.
It turned out he was quite interested in this. We worked on it a while. Understanding a bit of what was involved. Different from the Eagle Claw.
But knowledge of what others know and do is useful in its own right.
What happens is this begins at Ni Dan training. But I am sure it does not stop there, Just developing a tool that will be continued to use.

You can watch the tape and see what is happening yourself,

Following I have selected the clearer examples of that lock being used.

And More


Anything you do not understand is a secret after all.
But I read and learned a bit.
I have chosen to use the Japanese term Geri to describe a very personal medical condition described in this article.
When I first met Joe Swift, as we were chatting, he in Kanazawa and I in Derry, NH, I happened to use the term Geri to mean kick, I had read that in many books, as well as known front kick was Mae-Geri.
Joe started having a laughing fit. Working then as a translator, he explained when it was used as a compound word like Mae Geri it did mean front kick.
But stading alone it represented a very personal medical contition. And then explained the stand alone term for kick was Keri.
I immediately started going through book, and did find both terms being used for kick.
What my problem is I didn’t study Japanese. Had never heard the term for kick being used by any of my instructors, Though they did refer to front kick as Mae Geri, or roundhouse kick as Mawashi Geri, or side kick as Yoko Geri.
So I assumed, and you know what happens when you assume.
What is most likely someone writing an earlier book or magazine article used Geri, and they did not really know Japanese, Then many others used that printed word as truth, and kept copying the term as meaning kick,
Lesson, just because something is in print does not make it right.
Or it begins smelling like Geri.
This was the book referenced in this article.