Tuesday, January 17, 2017

A reminder of what martial intensity looks like

A reminder of what martial intensity looks like.

Maori Dance Group, New Zealand
Te Wak Hula

Saturday, January 14, 2017

The Grin

There was a day when we were all younger.
This was such a day, and this is Young Lee,
With the Grin.
Here are the screen captures of the move.

I am pretty sure this was 1989.
The next year we were at a summer camp.
He and Andy Young showed them how to do it running up a tree and kicking.
Of course everyone (young) had to try it, and fall every time.
It does take a hard man to make a tender chicken after all.

Friday, January 13, 2017

For those times when you do not have time to fool around

There are times when you don't have time to fool around.
Of course there are many answers.
Here are two of my favorite ones.
Both from the time of my studies with Tristan Sutrisno.
The first one shows a method of parrying and striking with the same movement.

The second one is one of the first things I learned from him.
It is a great tool.
Tjimandie Basic Drill No. 1
I was looking at several variations of ShihoNage today (a projection from Aikido) and I discovered this entry for the drill.
It perfectly illustrates Tjimande Basic Drill No. 1 applied.
Which sort of confirms that there was great similarity between the Aikido techniques and the Tjimande techniques
which involved those which I was shown.
(I am neither an expert of Aikido of Tjimande)
These movements together utilize not a strike or a kick, rather than percussive force,
They utilize a shearing plane of force coming from the core
As the tool to end the attack, Inside, outside, inside again the series goes.

Of course with our version you continue rotating counter-clockwise with the initial movement (turning the strike into a throw). So the manner of stepping and turning is slightly different. The same opening is also the entry for Tjimande basic movement No 4 all versions.
Not more effective, just different.
You can swipe their face to stagger them, you can strike their face to destroy them, or you can move beyond their face and down them with the manner which you enter their arm.
And for optimal performance, the exercise is performed during a single inhalation. This draws your center into their center, allowing you to take their center over.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Great Bubishi Photos

Chinto and Da Lu

At first glance Isshinryu Chinto Kata  and Tai Chi do not appear to have much in common.


However Tai Chi develop to the place it holds today from its original martial tradition. One of the primary tai chi practices is known as the practice of Push Hands, It is where the practitioner develop a sensitivity to the opponents mistake becoming off balanced and then learning how to use that against them. In practice there is a single hand push, a double hand pusn, stationary practice, stepping practice and turning and stepping practice. Each building different skills. Another version of Push Hands practice is known as the exercise Da Lu.



What makes this more interesting is that the movements being used are found in the exact order within Chinto kata.

In fact the movements are being used to neutralize each other.

And more interesting these movements are the same ones for the initial section which are those akin to Aikido’s

Heaven and Earth Throw.Which I have already commented on.


The more we see, the more imperative

that we train harder and with more focus.