New video experiment

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So before I get to my video experiment, two things need to be explained, first about how Shaolin Kempo Karate works, and about my recent history.

Quick explanation of the style, at least at my main school (it varies from school to school): there are forms (which stay consistent), about 12-13 before black, depending on what you count as a form, and if my memory is accurate. There are combinations (known in some schools as Self defense techniques, 26 before black, not including ones that have 2-3 variations to them. Those are mostly consistent, but I've seen plenty of differences between schools, and even differences in the same school 1.5 decades apart. There are jujitsu techniques, which some schools have and some don't, and there are kempos, which again some schools have, some don't, and are grouped differently by the school.

Now for my recent history-I've learned all of the above, in some cases up to 4 different versions of some of the above. It's been 3.5 years since I've actually trained it in a dojo, instead training other styles more recently, but I currently practice about 5-6 of the forms 2-3 times a week, and one set of the 26 combinations immediately afterwards. I don't practice the rest because of two reasons: 1. I don't think there's anything I really gain from practicing more of the different techniques/forms, since most of what's in them is covered in what I do practice, and 2. At this point, with not practicing them for a couple years and also having multiple different versions in my head, I'm not sure that I still remember them accurately.

Okay, so now to my actual idea.

Over the past year or so I've gotten bored of just doing the techniques as-is, so I've been putting more thought into them. Why each technique is the way that it is, and what is gained from practicing them (some I know as it's been directly explained to me, some are obvious, and some are my own ideas about them). Part of the reason for this is that some of them just are not practical (for example this one), but do have other benefits both in terms of general ability, and teaching principles to newer/pre-black students.

My plan is to go through each technique on video, in numerical order, from 1-26. I'll first do the combination as-is, explain why it is the way that it is/why I think it is the way that it is, and how to make it more practical (note: this does not mean better. Some of them were never intended to be practical, which is perfectly fine). I'm not planning on sharing that publicly, for reasons involving SKK I don't feel like going into here, but I'm hoping that it'll make sure I spend time thinking about each technique, and give me something new to work towards to further increase my knowledge. I'll probably write up a new blog post once I finish, to sort out what I gained/didn't gain from the endeavor.
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