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    The sparring Thread.

    K-manYou can teach somebody kata all day long. Because you teach it from Day 1 doesn't make it effective for the majority. I would feel confident in saying that a very high percentage of people who are taught kata as a means of SD training gain little to nothing from it whether they admit it or not.
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    WOW that looks really cool. I give it an A++ for style and not much more than that.
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    Ian Abernathy? How many people are on that level? I go by what I see in front of me. By the people I deal with ever single day and what I have seen from former karate practitioners that seek better, more realistic training.don't shoot the messenger
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    Sorry but I don't think so. Doesn't even make sense to believe such a thing. Not the way its taught in the large majority of establishments
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    There is no kata in Krav Maga. In krav you have "retzev" which is practicing continuous movement. As far as my views on kata and okinawin karate (among others) I am not disparaging it so much as pointing out that it isn't needed in my opinion for self defense. Perhaps I just don't understand any...
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    Tony I agree. There very well could be a situation where you cant end a conflict quickly and you end up "fighting" instead. But how does traditional sparring help that person now involved in an all out street brawl? What does it teach the individual? How to take a punch? How to deal with getting...
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    I mentioned the fact that a violent person doesnt stand in front of a mirror either. I hope that doesnt offend people who stand in front of mirrors. You take this stuff way to personal man.
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    In an MMA environment I'm sure you are taught to end a "fight" quickly (who wouldn't) but the guy standing in front of you was probably a friend or training partner right? Your attitude and demeanor are far different when sparring in that environment. If you were to REALLY SPAR like you would...
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    A violent person doesn't spar. They don't bow before you or touch gloves with you or smile at you when you get a good shot in during a Thursday night workout at the gym. They don't practice kata (no offense) or techniques in front of a mirror. I wonder how many people here actually simulate...
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    Being a hero...

    This is EXACTLY WHY it is important to go through your CC class with a well qualified, thorough instructor to explain the ramifications of your actions should you ever end up in this situation.
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    The sparring Thread.

    Clinching is a staple in my instruction. So much control and a plethora of tactics you can utilize
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    Agree with K-Man. I call it line drill when it's individual on individual for short 10 second burst and I do a lot of multiples as well. We also do circles and snake drills where you attempt to better your chances by moving to turn (spread) that mob circle into a snake with a head and a tail. We...
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    Self defense carries a different mindset on the tactical side. Like K Man pointed out elbows, knees, kicks to the shin become more of a focus than in traditional competition sparring. You also train to throw a strike or series of strikes that END IT quickly so you can get away (that doesn't mean...
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    The sparring Thread.

    Agree. I was a sniper in various recon units during my 20 year service and when I shoot with LEO's I am often amazed at the less than average ability of many of them to handle their service weapon. I take this sort of thing seriously........Not trying to bash the profession in any way, shape or...
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    Chris Maybe I should just create a blog detailing every thought I ever had on the subject of self defense. You could read it once, tell me everything that sucks about it (probably the majority) and then be done with it.
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    In 100% agreement with you here my friend
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    I favor as much open hand as possible. Its best for self defense IMO along with hammer fist, forearms, elbows and knees
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    Chris Perhaps I should be clearer but I was referring to common blindside attacks where you might not be able to escape and you must resort to physical tactics. You dont talk your way out of conflict with a predator. Now if the threat is recognized and you have every opportunity to de-escalate...
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    Kframe What does proving yourself in sparring "really prove" when it comes to self defense? Sparring from the POV you are coming from is fighting like myself and a few others have pointed out and that is exactly what you are trying to avoid. If I were asked to describe the majority of likely...
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    Thug kicks victim's head 'like a football'

    Agree 100% I preach awareness like a religion. Sometimes it's hard to get through some people's heads (because they want to learn to hit Day 1) but once they understand the social importance most yearn for knowledge.
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    Chris was responding to one of my post so until he gets back to you I will address it myself from a more detailed POV. When I comment on things I don't normally go into great depth and sometimes than can lead to vagueness on my part. My hit hard and hit first strategy is certainly not the only...
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    Lets just deal with the "I have no choice but to turn physical aspect". If somebody(s) attacks you and you don't see it for whatever reason you are looking at pure reaction plain and simple and your mindset, if you have prepared as you should will be ending the altercation in mere seconds...
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    Scenario drilling as Chris mentioned above is the Alpha and Omega of self defense PERIOD, not only from a physical standpoint but educationally as well. Direct sparring is nothing more than fighting and fighting IS NOT self defense. From a tactical standpoint you want to apply the proper force...
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    Training methodologies of Karate

    Kong You dont know a thing about me or my qualifications nor do I you and YOU seem to be taking this a little to personal. Best I back out of this foolishness so I can enjoy my time here. If I have learned anyits what type of discussion and posters to steer clear ofhing I
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    Training methodologies of Karate

    I have spent over 12 years in a recon unit in Iraq, afghanistan and some of the most dangerous hell holes you can imagine. I think I am more than qualified to teach people about violence and self protection. Especially weapons defense and multiple attackers. I am more than capable of fine tuning...
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    Training methodologies of Karate

    I have a full time job. This is a second gig for me as of now but looking to go permanent with it this year. I have enough contacts through military connections, local leo's and security avenues. Sorry to disappoint you
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    Training methodologies of Karate

    Very fair analysis......and respectful. Must be that Tai Chi background ;-) Tai Chi is something that I would really like to bring into the fold. The striking principles are phenomenal
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    Training methodologies of Karate

    I seriously don't think you have the slightest clue what you are talking about. That or you have some sort of reading comprehension problem.
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    New Member

    Apparently it will be extremely easy. Doesn't take much to ruffle feathers around here. LOL
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    Training methodologies of Karate

    For some reason I keep having to repeat the fact that my criticism has nothing to do with style or techniques of any TMA. Pretty much everything I teach tactical wise is a strike, block, hold or throw from some other martial art. Kata isn't needed IMO and most in my profession agree with that...
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