Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Aikido's Arm Lock

Journal of the Asian Martial Arts 1999

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Once upon a time.

Back in the 1980s I studied many things
One of which was Nunchaku
However in time I put it aside,
Was not part of my Isshinryu.
And on the whole I did not care for the exercise.

Bunnies Don't Do Karate

Friday, June 16, 2017

When you only have one hand free

A favorite technique using only one arm for its execution.
I am being assisted by the late John Dinger.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Kusakichi Noborigama (Branch Trimming Sickle)

Another Okinawan Tool that would be wicked.

Begining to End

It was 1985 when I began the program in Derry, NH.

I ceased teaching last year. The program is now run by Mike Cassidy and Young Lee.
But the last year I attended most classes helping when I could.
But all good things do come to an end,
Last night was my last night to attend class.
I am moving to Arizona come July.
It was way to hot and humid last night.
I was literally melting.
But here are a few photos of that night with students and fellow karate-ka.


So all good things come to an end.
And of course there is a new beginning.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Kasumi-uchi The blinding attack

This was shared on Facebook on the site Motobu Ryu August 16, 2014
It is most useful to share further.
Kasumi-uchi (Haishu-uchi) is also used in Motobu Udundi. Uehara sensei often used to say, "Attack your opponent's eyes at first." Kasumi-uchi is a waza that has an affinity for tuiti.
is also used in the main palace of the headquarters. Dr. Uehara used to say " aim for the opponent first. It is also a skill of 親和 and 取手.

Kasumi-uchi (Haishu-uchi) is also used in Motobu Udundi. Uehara sensei often used to say, "Attack your opponent's eyes at first." Kasumi-uchi is a waza that has an affinity for tuiti
. Bottom of Form 1

Monday, June 12, 2017

Other Okinawan Traditions

When I have thought of Okinawa as the home of Karate and Kobudo tradition, I have always relegated the Okinawan people as not being part of the story. Karate did develop in the aristocracy of the island for their own defense and as a class group practice.


Kobudo was found as various village traditions, but the real weight of Okinawan existence was not part of my thinking.

Recent photos I have found suggest something else.

The Okinawan people really did not have to go far to find individuals skilled in a variety of practices, which would lend themselves for defense.

First were the variety of local sumo (wrestling) traditions. They would have some use in self defense. The other competitions between villages, boat races, rope pulling, etc. all maintained traditions of keeping individuals fit and used to working together.

Then each home had kama, the local tool for home gardening and readily available.
Where there were fishers, they were skilled at getting fish by spear. Personally I would think twice at facing such individuals.
Likewise there were a variety of tools used in agriculture which could also be used for self defense.


And not forget the bo, which seems was universally used for a variety of purposes.
Something to think about.






Sunday, June 11, 2017

A Sensei's work is never done.....

The mark of an instructor is being able to multi-task,
Handling all the details necessary to keep a dojo functioning.
It even extends to father duties, back in the day,
even when my son was an infant,
that was no reason not to do both.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

My Walk on the Wild Side

From 1979 to 1984  I really trained very hard with a wide range of martial artists.
 At the beginning I began with Tai Chi with Ernie Rothrock.


Some Yang Tai Chi –Ernie and Victor doing the first ½ half of the Yang Form 10 years later.


Then after 9 months he started sharing various other form from kung fu so I could gain some knowledge about what kung fu systems did. These studies were to be able to understand what kung fu was doing when I judged it, I did not venture far into the application uses for these forms. But the experience really helped me understand how to learn forms. That was useful as time passed.

My first study was this one from Northern Shaolin.

Victor Dune de Kuen

And here is a Chinese version of the same.

Another was from Northern Mantis.
This is a performance of Ernie's Group doing the form.
The commentator is George Dillman, and does not necessarily reflect Ernie's teachings.
Then a Chinese version of the form
Chau Chi Northern Mantis for contrast.
Another was Tam Tui which Eagle Claw taught in the beginning.
 Victor Tam Tui
Then the Chin Woo version.


Ernie obtained permission to teach me one Eagle Claw form – Hong Kuen which had all of the Eagle Claw techniques in the form.
The form is lengthy 10 rows of techniques.
Videos of the rows can be found here.
Eagle Claw Fist – Ying Zhao Pai Hong Quan - Leuong Wo Wong
This is a long and advanced set requiring a lot of energy and good fundamentals. Ir is top develop your stamina and strengthen your skills.
It uses  a variety of special kicking techniques including two very specialized kicks of Eagle Claw: the low groin kick and the reverse into low bow kick.
 1st section

Or a continuous Chinese version of Xing Quan Shi Lu.

Another form is what my student is showing.

Andrew Ware form Pai  Lum Kuen
I did study a variety of other forms, Power Fist of the Eagle Claw and Chin Woo Association, Peng Tsu Done de Kuen (the greater Dune De Kuen) among them.
Here is a version of the Eagle Claw Kung Lek Kuen Power Fist form
Victor Peng Tzi Dune De Kuen
I also studied a variety of weapons. A basic staff form, 3 section staff form, Yang Tai Chi Straight Sword, and a Chinese short staff form below.  My studies did not go as deep into the weapons forms.
Victor then Dave Belsky performing Chinese Short Staff
While this is not everything it does represent a good portion of those studies.
I did not study the spelling of the forms names, so these are mostly my phonetic attempts at the names.