Forward from the back

Years ago I studied Karate-do. We learned to throw a very powerful punch in a way that made no sense. We’d punch with the right hand, while pulling the left hand back to the hip. The right hand would make a sudden corkscrewing snap at the last minute, just before contact. Sensei was adamant that hikite, the withdrawing hand, was the most important part of the punch. He insisted that hand be the fastest moving thing in the punch. Shotokan is a style known for hitting really hard, and we drilled that punch endlessly. Over and over. Modern martial artists make fun of it. They always ask why the stupid mechanics. Why leave your face exposed by pulling the other hand back, and even more so, why pull it all the way down to the hip? What possible advantage could that have? My response back then was mostly that we…

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Grabbing my swords, hopping on a boat…

In August I’ll be teaching at CNAT, the Cascadia North Accolade Tournament. I’m always leery of teaching at WMA events. My teaching style just doesn’t lend itself to the kinds of classes I feel people want to take. I don’t feel comfortable teaching “manual” classes. I think teaching scholarly material is for those with an aptitude for academics. That’s not me, at least not in the formal sense. Honestly I often feel completely out of the place in the WMA world. I don’t argue well, I don’t get debate culture and don’t understand the rules or conventions…so when I try to participate online, I usually wind up feeling somewhat bullied. I don’t do much better in person, either. I often feel at a complete loss with some of the “name” people because of that. When Jordan Both asked me back to teach last year, I reluctantly agreed. I have to…

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Introductory Class

Six Week Intro Class: June 30-Aug 04 Saturdays 10AM Locations TBA, $100/$150 Our first series of introductory classes will start June 30th. Classes will be an hour long. In these classes we will work on building a basic fitness platform for the next series of classes. Each class will consist of progressive workouts to build core strength, basic movement skills, and instruction in the 5X5 and 2×2 martial drill methods. The last class will be a fitness exam that students will need to pass in order to take further classes. Classes will be outdoor, rain or shine. A variety of Vancouver parks will be used, all will be chosen for ease of access by transit. Cost is $100 for six sessions. If you sign up before June 25th, for an extra $50 you will also receive a basic nutrition coaching package consisting of a basic diet and body composition analysis…

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