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October 23, 2011

Another Good Reason to Learn to Protect Yourself

Karate girl, 11, fights off attacker in Bristol

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AN 11-year-old girl used her karate skills to fight off a man who attacked her as she was walked to school.

Jade Pidden noticed a man following her in a secluded lane in Stockwood.

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    Jade Pidden, 11, below, fought off a man who tried to grab her

The brave schoolgirl tried to run away but the man grabbed her by her rucksack, and that’s when Jade’s three years of karate training kicked in.

She used all her strength to elbow him in the chest and punch him in the face, causing her shocked attacker to flee.

When Jade got to school she told the receptionist what happened and the on-site police officer was informed.

Police are investigating the disturbing incident and asking for witnesses to come forward.

Brown-belt Jade says she first spotted the man when she turned off Lyons Court Road and into Winash Close.

By the time she reached the lane running between the Imperial ground field and Knowle golf course she said he was right behind her and asking to speak to her.

Jade ran away through a gap in the fence and into the field, pursued by the man who managed to grab her rucksack.

But she fought back, delivering the blows that saw her attacker run off.

Jade, who has a twin sister Amber, said: “I had walked ahead of my sister and her friend when I saw a man following me. I ran away but he grabbed my bag which was over both my shoulders on my back – I think he was trying to attack me.

“He was trying to grab me, not my bag. The bag was just something he was able to get hold of when I ran.

“When he did I just automatically responded by elbowing him in the chest and punching him in the face.

“He looked pretty shocked and ran away with his hand over one eye. I was quite upset but my sister and her friend comforted me on the rest of the way to school.”

Jade’s parents, pictured with their daughter, believe the incident may have been an abduction attempt.

Her mum Carly Maughan, 31, a nursing home housekeeper, said: “When I was phoned by the police I was so shocked – it really didn’t sink in. Then I became very upset.

“The police say they think it was a attempted robbery but that’s not my gut feeling. I’m so proud of her – she was very brave.”

Jade’s dad Stuart, 33, a self-employed mechanic, added: “Jade just lashed out and I am glad she did. Clearly three years of karate lessons has paid off.

“The police say it was an attempted robbery but why would anyone want a bag with homework in? We worry it was something worse and are concerned if it happened again the girl might not be so lucky.”

Simon Hall, Jade’s instructor at the Bristol Martial Arts Academy in Hengrove, said: “I rang her dad to make sure she was OK after I heard what had happened.

“We think Jade will be looking at doing her black belt in March next year. It just goes to show a little bit of training can go a long way.”

Jade described the man as white, 6ft tall, slim, in his early 20s, with light brown hair and a long fringe.

She said he was wearing a blue hoodie, with white writing and tight jeans with black and white Nike trainers.

A police spokesman said: “Police received a report of an attempted robbery in Stockwood on October 6 at 8.15am. A young girl was walking to school when she was followed by an unknown man.

“She ran into Imperial field and the male ran after her and tried to grab her bag.

“She managed to push away the man with some force and he ran off in the direction of Ellesmere Road.

“Police are in contact with the victim and her family and would ask anyone with information to contact us on 101 or anonymously on Crimestoppers 0800 555111.”

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July 20, 2011

Class

Had a great time teaching the kids last night. Had 3 new students join the class also. I look forward to class on Thursday night. 6pm Tues. & Thurs. at FSBCPV

July 19, 2011

Bruce Lee Playing Ping Pong (A Must Watch)

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June 3, 2011

Naifanchi / Naihanchi / Tekki Kata

Lately I’ve been spending some much-needed time practicing Naifanchi Kata. This has always been one of my favorite forms. It can be found in every major karate system in various degrees. It was Sokon Matsumura (1796-1893) who is said to have brought Naihanchi into karate. ‘Anko‘ Yasutsune Itsou (1830-1915) a student of Matsumura specialised in Naihanchi and believed that it was both, “the easiest and hardest kata to learn”.

It is my belief that Naifanchi Kata is a complete fighting/self-defense system in its own right. There is much depth in the kata that many students never understand nor take the time to master. One of the reasons is that the kata is broken down into three steps, (Shodan, Nidan & Sandan) to make learning the form much easier and I believe to hide many of the “truths” of the kata.

As I have traveled the world and practiced in many dojo, I have found that there are very few Martial Artist that practice all three parts of the form and even rarely putting the three parts together to complete the whole form. Most school & styles practice Shodan with some having learned and teach Nidan. Many of the instructors I talk to say their instructors know Sandan but they themselves haven’t learned or been taught it. And over the years I’ve only talked to a few that say they knew it was one whole kata broken down into three parts.

Each time I practice the kata, I learn more and more about it. In thinking about the techniques that are in the form, I find that it is a well-rounded form. To think that Nifanchi is a fighting system all on its own is not hard to believe nor is it all that far-fetched. It used to be said that in order to master (understand) a form, it must be practiced daily for three years. Being broken down into three parts, we find that it actually takes 9 years to master Nifanchi. I have been practicing it for over 30 years now and am still having insights to its techniques. Even after all these years, I still feel if I haven’t achieved mastery of the kata yet. (Will I ever?)

Choki Motobu (1871-1944) taught many grappling and throwing techniques all from the Nifanchi Kata and was the kata he emphasised in his teachings. If you’re interested in having highly effective close in fighting techniques, then Nifanchi is the Kata you need to study and master. Not just one part of the form either. You must seek out and learn all three aspects of the form, putting them together as a complete form and you will find great insight to how many of your techniques you will begin to understand with deeper meaning.

May 24, 2011

Whats are the differences between the 4 branches of Shorin Ryu?

Shobayashi and Kobayashi (divided into Shidokan and Shorinkan) are very similar and the most like Matsumura’s original methods out of the 2 Itosu-Ha (or factions). Matsubayshi is based on the teachings of Chotoku Kyan (who influenced Shobayashi also), Koseku Matsumora (no relation to Sokon Matsumura) and Chokki Motobu (famous tough guy, bad-ass). It is the most Japanese and the furthest from original intent.

Matsumura Seito (or Orthodox) is the original Shorin (Shuri/Tomari Te) as taught to Hohan Soken, great grand nephew of Sokon “Bushi” Matsumura. The crane fist or “tsuruken” techniques were only taught to family members, and even great modern karate pioneers like Anko Itosu or Gichin Funakoshi, were not taught these “advanced” fighting principles. Shorin Ryu is a true Half-Hard, Half-Soft style. The practitioner starts off with extreme mental and physical rigidity, that eventually becomes yin/yang, then eventually, at the highest levels, almost completely “internal” or a soft style.

Kobayashi (especially Shorinkan) and Shobayashi (Seibukan in particular) as well as Matsumura Seito are very good combat sciences that deal with standing and ground fighting as well as the esoteric aspects such as Chinese acupuncture/medicine, and philosophy.

Matsubayashi Ryu is often singled out on Okinawa as a “school-boy” system. Although this statement is true, even of Kobayashi/Shobayashi, many use Shoshin Nagamine’s Matsubayashi as a term to describe karate that is “waki-waki” or not up to par. If a style is whack many Okinawan senseis will call it Matsubayashi Ryu. That sounds harsh, but that’s the truth. Still it is better than 98% of Japanese and Korean karate, as many soft principles still remain.

If you wanted to take ShuriTe for a lifetime it is best to start off in Matsumura Seito (also called Sukunai Hayashi by some organizations), so as to not develop bad “modern” sport habits. If Matsumura Orthodox is not available, Shorinkan (Kobayashi) or Seibukan Shobayashi are great fighting styles also. Shorinkan teaches every kick imaginable, high or low, and many tuite and other Okinawan “Jujutsu” concepts. Shorin Ryu is especially known for its punches and other hand techs, but many Southern and Northern Chinese kicking techs are taught (especially in Kobayashi).

There are many Shorin sites on the web. Check out some histories, and see what you like the best. There are quite a few Matsumura Orthodox sites, but watch out because many of its senseis are also “waki-waki”. Then again many are very skilled and knowledgeable.

If Matsubayashi Ryu is all that they have in your area try it out and see how you like it. It is a good introductory style to real Shorin. Uechi Ryu is also a very good system, with many Southern Chinese principles in its repertoire, but some Okinawans criticize it for being a little unnatural, with too much emphasis on Iron Body training. Still it is a unique, and awesome fighting style.

I have trained in all branches of Shorin (except Shobayashi) in the Philippines, on Okinawa and now stateside. I am a Yudansha (black belt) in Kobayashi Shorinkan and Matsumura Seito. Both systems have their merits, but Matsumura Orthodox is closer to the original combat intent. Some of the best instructors in the world are here and have left Asia. Shorin is often lumped together with all karate, but trust me it is real and effective.

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May 19, 2011

Passing Away of Koichi Tohei Sensei

From: Ki Society H.Q. [mailto:hq-office@ki-society.com]
Sent: Thursday, May 19, 2011 3:04 AM
To: Ki Society H.Q.
Cc:
藤平信一会長
Subject: Passing Away of Koichi Tohei Sensei

Dear Chief Instructors,

We regret to inform you that Koichi Tohei Sensei passed away at 9:14 this morning.

He was 91 years old.

Two weeks ago, he had sense of discomfort on his chest and it was found that

he had inflammation of the lungs, so he had been receiving treatment.

He went to intensive-care unit (ICU) twice and came back to general ward each time

with his strength of Ki, however, his heart got weak little by little this morning

and passed away.

After discussion in his family and it was decided that the closed funeral will be held within his

family including Shinichi Tohei Sensei and the formal funeral for all members will be

held in Tokyo some weeks later for those who would like to be present.

The date and place of the formal funeral will be announced to all of you after decided.

We are very sorry for the inconvenience but would appreciate your kind understanding

for the above.

Sincerely,

Wataru Hatakeyama

(sent on behalf of Shinichi Tohei Sensei)

Overseas Division

Ki Society H.Q.

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May 18, 2011

The Kata of Lion’s Roar Kempo Karate & Jitsu and their Origins

Lion’s Roar Kempo Karate & Jitsu Kata
White Belt, 9th Kyu:

Kihon Te Waza – Yoshukai

Ippon No Kata 1-5 – Wado Ryu

Ippon Kumite 1-3

Yellow Belt, 8th Kyu:

Kihon no Kata – KoChinDo Kempo

Ippon Kumite 4-6

Yellow Belt, 7th Kyu:

Wanshu – WadoRyu

Ippon Kumite 7-10

Green Belt, 6th Kyu:

Nifanshi Ishi – Ko Chin Do Kempo

Ippon Kumite 11-13

Green Belt, 5th Kyu:

Nifanshi Ni – Ko Chin Do Kempo

Nunchaku Kata 1

Ippon Kumite 14-16

Geen Belt, 4th Kyu:

Nifanshi San – Ko Chin Do Kempo

Nago No Kun (Bo kata)

Ippon Kumite 17-20

Brown Belt, 3rd Kyu:

Seisan – Yoshukai

Gihon Kumite 1-3

Brown Belt, 2nd Kyu:

Kusanku – Wado Ryu

Sai Kata

Gihon Kumite 4-6

Brown Belt, 1st Kyu:

Passai – Shoto Kai

Gihon Kumite 7-10

Shodan:

Niseishi – Wado Ryu

Tui-fa Kata

Nidan:

Chinto – Shoto Kai

Sandan:

Seipai – Shito Ryu

Kama Kata

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July 28, 2010

Free-Styling Sparing

In Lion’s Roar Kempo, we do not practice any free styling sparing until the student has reached the rank of Brown Belt. And when we do free spar, we do it full contact wearing chest protectors, Kempo gloves, boxing head gear, mouth piece and cup.

The reasons are multi fold. First, I don’t believe a student is ready to preform free sparing until he has been practicing for several years. There is no way that they can correctly preform punches & kicks with any balance, power, technique or control in less then Brown Belt level. Most sparing done at lover levels of rank look like a slap fest of who tagged who first. Its sloppy and ridiculous! On top of that, none of the students have any confidence in themselves or in the techniques they are trying to apply when free sparing.

Most importantly, the reason we don’t free spar until Brown Belt is that Lion’s Roar Kempo is a true Martial Art and not a Martial Sport. All our techniques are geared towards self-preservation/self-defense. When we train, we have the attitude of seriousness knowing that  without focus in action, by not being serious, we could hurt our training partner or get seriously hurt ourselves. When we spar it is with technique and force. It is not done as a game of tag as I see in other schools.

What we do at the lower levels of rank is train in Kata, Bunkai of Kata and, Ippon & Gihon Kumite. In Lion’s Roar Kempo we have 20 ippon kumite and 10 gihon kumite to master. These 30 techniques  will take the student to Brown Belt level. They teach, proper technique, timing, distancing, control, and the proper way to interact with a training partner, something I see lacking in many American schools/dojo.

Lion’s Roar Kempo Karate & Jitsu feels the Ultimate in Self-Discipline, Self-Control & Self-Respect.

July 3, 2010

Recommended Reading

When it comes to Martial Arts books, most aren’t good for anything except using for toilet paper. This is especially true for Martial Arts magazines. But there are a few that are the exception to the rule and in this case its a 3 volume set written by the late Donn Draeger titled 1. Classical Budo; 2. Classical Bujutsu; and 3. Modern Bujitsu & Budo.

These books are an excellent treatment of the major veins of Japanese martial arts in the post-Edo era to present (okay, well, mid-70s to be precise). Anyone participating or considering participating in Japanese martial arts should read this book to contextualize their practice and offer opportunity to reflect on their goals, expectations, and perception of their chosen form. Draeger constructs a seamless bridge between the war era, Edo Bakufu, Meiji, and present day evolutionary processes shaping Japanese martial arts. His history of the Meiji Restoration is brief and readable, yet detailed and obviously well researched. This is the first work I’ve read looking at the long reaching effects of the Meiji and Taisho political agendas on the Japanese own perception their martial arts heritage.

June 23, 2010

Satori

Satori: is a Japanese Buddhist term for “enlightenment.” The word literally means “understanding.” “Satori” translates as a flash of sudden awareness, or individual enlightenment. In English we may refer to it as an epiphany; the sudden realization or comprehension of the essence or meaning of something.

No matter what you call it, I’m always amazed when they happen to me. Tonight it was while I was driving home. I was thinking about the new student I will begin to train with tomorrow and going over in my mind many of the basic techniques he will have to learn. One particular exercise came to mind, and though this particular basic exercise I have in mind seams to have no redeeming qualities other then just a means to strengthen a stance while practicing punches, one would probable not use this combination in an actual moment of combat.

But it was a flash in my mind which gave me a small moment of satori on this particular exercise and I was wrong to believe that the exercise was merely a means of basic stance strengthening. Now I’m looking forward to putting this exercise into practice tomorrow.