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Karate Combat: now, this is interesting!!

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Now, if you follow this blog you may already know that I do not specially enjoy WKF kumite.
That kind of point sparring is impossible to understand for me. How can you give points for NOT touching your opponent in a Martial Arts competition?!?!
Well, I just discovered "Karate Combat".



Do you know Rafael Aghayev? He is from Azerbaijan and has won (multiple) World and European titles in WKF kumite. Here he is:


I am not a fan but I just found him in my new found love: Karate Combat. For what I have seen, the rules are really really interesting: full contact, throws and takedowns allowed, a bit of ground fighting is all right... I could take part on this very happily!
Watch Rafael going full contact here:



Now, this is some nice competition rules.  It is real. It is alive.  Karateka looking like strong athletes... You get my point?
Compare the same guy under both rule sets.  Can't barely recognize him, can you? Why mainstream Karate is so lame, so boring, so fake?
Under my p…

Back to training! I hope my nose stays unbroken for a while...

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Hi everyone.
I decided to give it a go to BJJ last night in order to check how broken my nose still is, but I survived the work out just fine.

Man, I was totally scared the whole time hahaha. Never had a worst time during training in my whole life. Thanks to my mates for going soft and slow on me. I really needed that.
I shall go again in a couple hours...





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My friend Huanghai

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From all the people I have encountered in my Martial Arts life I need to make special mention to my good friend Huanghai because he really shaped the way I train and the way I see Martial Arts.
I met him during Kyokushin practice, in Tangshou Dojo, Shenyang. He had been training with Royama Sensei in Kyokushinkan in Japan for a number of years. He also got to brown belt in Aikikai in the mean time. In that picture we are at the Huochetou Academy before class. We are both wearing our Yuzenkai patches, he is helping me since the beginning with the management of the China Branch. I was teaching Karate there and he was teaching Taekwondo.

This is his ad at the door of  Hunnan Wushu club.
Yes, he is a fourth Dan in Taekwondo, that he got in the Kukiwon while he was living in Korea.
He also got a blue belt in BJJ recently and re-tested for his Karate nidan in the Chinese Karate Association last week.


Oh, yeah. He also boxes and referees fights.


Yes, also in K-1 China.
Besides him, famous fi…

Goju Ryu Naihanchi (not really)

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As Miyagi Sensei said: Sanchin and Naihanchi are the most important kata in Karate.
Here he is, alongside Funakoshi, Toyama and Kee (Tang Shou Do):



Check my bunkai and let me know what you think:
Naihanchi bunkai

Whole book here



PS:
My bad.
That is not Miyagi Chojun but Miyagi Tokumasa, a Shorin Ryu practitioner.
I just got an email from Omoto Kanunori Shihan, my Kancho, informing me. Thank you!




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Find inspiration for your bunkai ANYWHERE

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You maybe got stuck trying to figure out how does a particular move works?  Yes, I've been there... Multiple times... Daily, actually...
Maybe you don't have access to a super old Sensei with all the ancient knowledge (not all of us have) but you surely can figure it out if you do some research. Yes, research. Find something, try it, try it under pressure, test it in sparring. If it works, here it is! A bunkai that works.

Because if you can not make it happen when you are stressed (or scared, or hurt) then it's useless. It may be as historically correct as possible but if it does not work for you when you need it then it is just History, not Martial Arts.
There are many resources out there for us to take draw inspiration from: videos, books, Internet, other Arts...
Here is some unusual bunkai exploration by Coach Ramsey Dewey from Shanghai (you can spot me in a couple clips):

Is he right? Well... probably NOT. And with this I don't mean to take any merit or practicabi…

Teaching kids is difficult

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I have been training my 10th Dan four years old daughter since she was born, but still having difficulties with her technique.

She is more of a grappler I guess.
Now, imagine teaching a class with 20 of them, different ages, sizes, interests, skills, developments...  Teaching Martial arts to children is a hard job. I used to do it, and it was fun, but not easy if you care about their martial development.

Here, with her and my new Cleto Reyes. A bit tight, but great.





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This Real Madrid-Juventus Hangetsu thing

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It wasn't penalty: it was mikazuki geri.






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Prepare to die

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I just discovered the fantastic channel of my former MMA Coach in JX Fight Club in Shanghai, Ramsey Dewey.

Fantastic guy, really knowledgeable, great fighter.

I want to introduce his Youtube channel to all you by picking up a philosophical video about how to step into a fight if you are scared. Still applies to self-defense.


Please, subscribe to his channel and enjoy his technique videos too!!

Update (see him fight):






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I've been interviewed

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Yes, I got the chance to get interviewed by a Spanish Facebook site about interviewing karateka.
Here it is for your evaluation: INTERVIEW
Sorry it's in Spanish!!!










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They're back!

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My silk worms are back to life. They came with us from China to Spain and right now they are having their first meal in Spain. Good news they survived the trip!









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Protect yourself at all times

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I guess I didn't because I got a broken nose yesterday morning.

I've been punched on the nose more than once and more than twice and never got anything scarier than one or two months of excruciating pain. Yesterday I got punched ONCE and my nose gave up.
Now I look like this:

My career as a model is over, I guess...
Well, the bad news is that I will need surgery and I will be out of sparring (but not out of training) for a couple of months, plus.
Now, my bloody face after the "incident":

Amazingly it did not swell, it does not hurt. I finished the round and then I went to the locker room to take the picture. Priorities...



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10 minutes HIIT Tabata training

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Sorry guys, this post was accidentally deleted. I'm posting the original picture and video. Enjoy!

Train with me!






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PS:
The old one. Doesn't work.





Whatever it takes

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... to survive.




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Useful Bunkai vs Bunkai that will get you killed

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Guess which one is which:


vs





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PS: My Jion bunkai video is been worked by the producer at this time. Let's hope it's ready soon.



Old Karate classes ad

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I just found (and hung at home) an old poster I did when I started trying to get students for my Karate classes.
Well, it didn't work and I had to move on on this one.
What a pity; we had a huge venue in a sports center.






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OSS / OSU calligraphy (thank you my friend!)

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Wow, amazing art!
It has been gifted to me by my Shenyang old friend, Machenhao, who shared many Kyokushin nights with me.

Thank you brother!!!

Here he is:


Kicking my balls during Sanchin demonstration.

Ok, ok. Here he is in a nice picture:


The one punching like a beast.



Time to get a new tattoo?







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PS: the artwork is actually two meters long!








Saifa bunkai

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Today I share with you this bit of Saifa. This bunkai was shared to me by Omoto Kancho, head of Yuzenkai.


I had a karateka laying around with the perfect old-school Japanese top-knot, so I used him to illustrate this technique.
This part:



Apparently, the same technique exists in Shotokan (and Shuri lineage, I guess) kata, so it's time to do some research!
Here is the whole kata for you:







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Jion (on the beach)

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I just used a friend to shoot a Jion video. Didn't practice much kata "performance" lately, so it shows... Also, the sand makes moving more difficult, which is not an excuse, but a reminder that not all your fights will be in flat terrain.

Jion was my tournament kata, and I quite enjoy practicing it. It is so brutal...
Well, here's the video:




PS: a Jion bunkai video is coming!





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The origin of the Dan system

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No, it wasn't Him. He just introduced it into Budo.
It was devised by this gentleman:



Find the story here.








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Kyokushin kohaku obi (with dan bars)

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Interesting, to say the least.
Seen any?





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Kyokushin Bunkai

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Hello! I just came across some kata bunkai performed by Kyokushin karateka, who are not (usually) the most interested in this stuff.

Here there are some videos I found. Not all have the same interest but maybe you can find something you can use in your adventures:
Yansu



Seipai



Gekisai Sho



Pinan Sono Ni



Yantsu/Anshan




Please, comment, even if you are not a Kyokushin-ka!!!




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Frozen (psychological self-defense)

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Be like her: adapt to change, react to adversity, never keep moving!!
Why I say this?  Well, I just watched a (great video) that really captures what I was trying to explain in my book about training your mind for violence in the real world. He explains it sooooo well I am jealous... 
The basic idea: if you freeze, you die.
Watch it: Lee Morrison, on common grabs:












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Karate in China 中国唐手

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Today, my friends, I was missing my Chinese Karate friends and I decided to upload some pictures of all my years there. Some pics are teaching, some pics are just as a student, all pics are learning.
Please, enjoy and comment!