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    Why do katas dictate to have the rear foot planted for tsuki (straight punch)?

    You can indeed "snap in" certain techniques with the back heel raised when power is not the primary objective. But with a reverse punch especially, it is advantageous to plant the back foot firmly on the ground at the moment of impact as that will definitely add to its power. For it will help...
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    So Let Me Get This Straight-- Why Don't We Have New Arts?

    I have trained a few arts in many different schools over the last decades, and not two of them taught things exactly the same way. This holds true for the Parker Kenpo that has been my primary focus in more recent years, but also for more traditional arts such as Aikido and even Shotokan Karate...
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    Did Jujutsu and Karate ever exchange techniques?

    Okinawan Karate styles to this day include what is called tuite - joint locking techniques that are indeed similar or identical to methods practised in Ju-jutsu. However, their origin mostly lies in China, especially in the Chin-na methods of the White Crane style, whence they were imported to...
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    Kempo/Kenpo techniques

    Ideally that will indeed be the case. But unlike Japanese Karate styles, in Kenpo we just don't want to rely on the 'one shot, one kill' philosophy. If a situation happens to work out that way, that's great. However, we are aware that in the real world, you can never be too sure how much of an...
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    What makes your primary style primary

    I am/have been involved with Kyokushin, Shotokan, Aikido, and Yang style Taiji, however, my current primary style is a variation of American Kenpo. Why? Because Kenpo serves as a framework that many of the things I learned in those other styles fit into. However, I am adapting them to Kenpo...
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    Kempo/Kenpo techniques

    I like going into this posture with a kettlebell.
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    Kempo/Kenpo techniques

    That punch is strangely reminiscent of Wado-ryu's tobikomi tsuki.
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    Kempo/Kenpo techniques

    Weapon training is indeed part of Kenpo's curriculum, at least in EPAK and at an advanced stage. In fact, GM Parker was pretty badass with the knife. Kenpo's principles and even very moves can easily be adapted to knife and to club/stick fighting and actually make for an interesting alternative...
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    Kempo/Kenpo techniques

    At least in EPAK, different reactions of the adversary are being addressed in the 'what if' phase of training.
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    Kempo/Kenpo techniques

    Unlike a striking dummy (such as a BOB), a good training partner will mimick the effects that your moves might have on them. The sequences were designed taking the adversary's involuntary reactions into account; we call that 'body manipulation'. After practising what we call the 'ideal phase'...
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    Kempo/Kenpo techniques

    The drills that I am familiar with tend to be shorter and more stationary than your typical Kenpo technique. Also, there is often a direct back and forth (for instance, after I have blocked your attack, my counter punch becomes the attack that in turn triggers your defence sequence). Surely you...
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    Kempo/Kenpo techniques

    I basically agree. However, and just talking about Parker style Kenpo here, some people like to critisize its club defences, saying they would not work against an experienced FMA practitioner. However, those folks frequently forget to take the difference between a stick and a club into...
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    Kempo/Kenpo techniques

    No need to change the content of the curriculum. As far as I know, altering the names by which you call things would suffice to nullify any copyright claims.
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    Kempo/Kenpo techniques

    In Kenpo, we call '(self-defence) techniques' what other arts may refer to as '(self-defence) sequences' or combinations. Some Japanese arts use the term 'waza' here. Whereas the 'techniques' of other arts are 'basics' to us ('kihon' in certain Japanese styles). It's really all just a matter...
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    Which martial art would suit me best?

    Based on your description, I would recommend starting out in one of the internal Chinese art, in particular Taiji. Provided you train it often and consistently enough, this should gently get you into shape without overstraining. This art also has much to offer in the way of mental conditioning...
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    Bruce Lee's books

    I read Tao of Jeet Kune Do in my early teenage years and felt greatly inspired by it. (Just by watching Bruce's movies it is not immediately evident what a profound thinker he must have been.) I also read some of his other books. In fact, I was so impressed that I would have started studying JKD...
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    Fellow Shotokan Karateka!

    It was a long time ago that I trained in Shotokan (after a preliminary phase of Kyokushinkai), my principal art now being Parker Kenpo. However, what I took away from Shotokan is an emphasis on power generation and on precision of movement. - I see so much sloppiness in Kenpo, it makes me...
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    Fun thread - if I were to do my kata in your style, how would it look?

    Thought-provoking topic! :) I have been studying the 108-movement form of Old Yang style Taiji for quite awhile by now, which is essentially comprised by a singular continuous (full body) movement from beginning to end, including footwork and stances, which are also done in a rather fluid...
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    Leg training: Alternatives to squats?

    Would also suggest barbell deadlifts as an alternative to squats, including sumo deadlifts in order to work the legs more. Another good exercise is kettlebell swings. Emphasize bending your knees to make this more of a leg exercise, as opposed to primarily using your lower back for swinging the...
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    Is brachial stun effective for real fight

    You mean, permanently? I have never heard that. Do you have any reference for it?
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    Kenpo and Aikijutsu

    A long time ago, I did Shotokan Karate and Aikido. I am a Kenpo practitioner now. I see many parallel between these two arts. I once read somewhere that Kenpo is the illegitimate child that resulted from Karate and Aikido meeting one night in a bar. That summarises it well. When practising the...
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    Is brachial stun effective for real fight

    I suggest you practice it a lot on a BOB. It gives you an anatomically correct target that you can strike with force.
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    Aikido in the MMA ring?

    Hi Jenna, While you might see something that looks a little like an irimi-nage (that is, the short version Seagal is famous for, without tenkan movement) in an MMA fight occasionally, the locks that Aikido heavily relies on (including techniques like kote-gaeshi and shiho-nage) are probably not...
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    if my school offers more than one art should I look at those too instead of boxing?

    ALL the arts mentioned here are generally trained as sports, not as self defence arts. Competition rules change how an art is being practised immensly. All of them can be turned into self defence arts, but that depends on the school or what additional training you have, especially with the...
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    Any good advice to a non ground fighter??

    Hello Jenna, I suggest you build on your existing skill set rather than learning a new one from the ground up. :D Your profile tells me that you have been studying Aikido for a couple of decades. Now, Aikido techniques can be readily adapted to ground fighting. I have a pretty interesting book...
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    Taekwondo Doesn't work on someone skilled

    David Bohm, Paul Cezanne and Creativity - F. David Peat Glad that you got a laugh out of it then, at least.
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    Taekwondo Doesn't work on someone skilled

    Well, that is your opinion that the phenomenon can be fully explained that way. There is no prove for one explanation or the other. I was thinking about what might qualify as a "source". There is MUCH to be found on chi but what would it satisfy your criteria of something being "scientific"...
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    Taekwondo Doesn't work on someone skilled

    Altered body functions are involved but they are just a part of the full picture. The tangible portion of a process that involves forces still intangible. Science can observe and measure not more than some of their effects. The show Fight Science is a step in the right direction, at least. Like...
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    Taekwondo Doesn't work on someone skilled

    Why not? It's pretty impressive. Sorta hard to explain based on conventional knowledge. Or can you? There is plenty of evidence if you open your eyes. I will get back to you on this shortly.
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    Taekwondo Doesn't work on someone skilled

    No. It's just an innocent example for what I am getting at, which is that there are in fact a whole lot of things not currently explainable by science - including some of the manifestations that chi/ki takes. That doesn't mean that they don't exist. Nor does it mean that they won't be...