Some of last week’s thoughts

Today, I’d like to include a couple of demonstration video’s I find interesting.

The first one is:

Students of Sifu Andrew Chung playing blind folded practice. Mr. Joe Shaffer & Mr. Mike Petrone. 1989

And then this one:
Which I like for a couple of reasons. First of all, because of how he has inserted a true and valuable lesson on “Application Training.” And I agree with him that all too often sparring is done a little too softly. And as he pointed out, the results can be permanent bad habits you’re not even aware of.

Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not suggesting “application level” combat training with beginner students, and even the intermediates should do so only under direct instructor supervision, but an advanced student should be able to deliver a correct form, full distance strike, with enough control to not inflict injury. Accidental or otherwise. One such example is to have the striking hand somewhat loose of the fully clenched fist, but instead of visualizing 3 inches past, visualize 1/2 an inch and pull the punch only slightly while closing the fist on contact to act as a shock absorber. (Done with experience, precision, and control, both yourself and the opponent feel the strike as intended, but you should be able to sense the contact with the finger “backs” immediately, allowing plenty of time to adjust any miscalculations of strength or distance accordingly. We even use this technique during slow motion training examples to all points of contact. Even the face. Why?, well all to often you will see an instructor demonstrate say a block, pivot, strike to the side of the head. But stops three inches away assuming the student realizes (Ok, it’s to the side of the face) Problem? Exactly where to the head? How do I know what it feels like when my punch lands with the most effectiveness? Easy, simply follow the demonstration through to COMPLETION, while slowly closing the fist, (This time it’s not as loose though) until it reaches the EXACT location being demonstrated, and ending in PERFECT form. Thus demonstrating THE ENTIRE series of movements.

And the second reason is similar to the first. Notice the emphasis on how a “real” blade slices and wood is just wood? Well, it’s supposed to represent a BLADE! When I train it is with that specificness of technique because (One), it’s proper, and (Two), because my sword, not a firearm, is my primary home defense weapon. And on the few occasions when it has been called into duty, it has done so with success, and with honor. (It’s not a scare tactic.)

And last for now:

Tell me there isn’t a martial art for K-9’s:

Although this is not one of my sessions in the video above, I do occasional K-9 Tactical training as part of Policetac’s Tactical Martial Arts Instruction Program.

Which brings us to:
This last one of my partner King “James,” during his current assignment. (Although he’s officially retired:)

Good Boy!

That’s it for now.
Have a great day!


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