On Friday, January 25th, I be conducting a seminar at the Berkshire Club in London, Ontario from 6:00-8:00pm. For this seminar I will be teaching the American Kenpo Karate Staff Set, which is a great set for tournament competition and to improve your overall skills.
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Steve Arsenault's Kenpo Karate Studio
10th Degree Black Belt
8 Time World Karate Champion
February 8th and 9th, 2008
Other camp instructors include Henry Agri, Moe Caldwell, Mike Cassidy, Sibora Chan, Paul Dawdy, Brian Diffley, Leo Lacerte, Robert Lublin, Dan...
I know someone who was promoted to 6th in Kenpo, as well as someone who was promoted to 8th in Kenpo, and both of their promotions were from instructors who did not study Kenpo whatsoever.
I think this is terrible, and is one of the reasons why martial arts so often gets a bad name.
That is just crazy in my opinion.
And for the record, as per my above post, I hold 1st degree black belts in Kung Fu (1994), Modern Arnis (1991), and Shorinji-Ryu Karate (2001), and I am no longer seeking rank in these systems as I don't have the time nor the desire for higher rank.
While my primary focus has always been Kenpo, I also have black belts in Black Dragon System Kung Fu, Modern Arnis, and Shorinji-Ryu Karate.
Is it physically possible? You bet, but it takes a LOT of work. At this point in my life, being married, having two daughters, and a very busy schedule...
Grafting is an essential tool.
When we learn the self defense techniques in the ideal phase, even if something goes wrong in our execution, we can graft into another ideal phase technique. That is one reason why deleting techniques from the system is a really bad idea in my opinion.
Good post Michael.
I agree with your "in between" drills, but why settle for "in between"?
I like your comments about sparring types. I don't like tag-fighting for points. All of my students (and myself) fight continuous with medium to heavy contact, including leg kicks, and take-downs.