Friday, March 24, 2006

Well, I've added the Kyoku Shodan kata, the Enpi Take kata, and "Hanshi's 12". Unfortunately, my mom doesn't want me continuing participating in Karate lessons over the summer, because I'm going on a missions trip with my Church that she wants me to go on (even though I don't want to), which means I won't get to learn the two new kata. AND the Doshinkan Hanshi is going to Pieory, Illinois (which is quite close because I live near Saint Louis, Missouri) from April 24-26, but my mom doesn't want me to go to that either because "it costs too much money and I don't want you using your money that you've been saving up, and I don't want you skipping school for Karate"... I cannot express in words how true that there is no limit to fulfill my need for venting. *Sigh* (No really, I sighed.) So, I suppose I'm going to learn from the internet and library books. I hope there are kata in the books at the nearest library. If not, I suppose I'll just perform the techniques for the image site http://www.putfile.com/germanchakara and post with every few collections of moves, along with commentary or tips. Also, any time I find a really good book on Karate, I'll post it so you know which books are helpful. Buh... bye. (I sighed again! Good for me, huh?!)


Yin Yang 3D Pixel Art

Sunday, March 19, 2006


Doshinkan

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Disclaimer

READ THIS FIRST! DISCLAIMER!
Disclaimer: First off, I'm not sure if a disclaimer is even needed on the internet. When in doubt, give the disclaimer. This is for reference purposes only. If you practice, you're practicing at your own risk! By learning from this website, you acknowledge that you take full responsibility for any damages you or someone else may cause because of your quest for knowledge. This style of learning is not necessarily for everyone - you may not be a good learner by reading, but I am not deciding anything for you, and I am not promising you will learn it. It is possible that you are dumb, but do not assume I'm calling you that. Do not continue unless you fully agree with all of these terms. Do not take these kata from this website and put it on yours without taking full responsibility or giving a disclaimer where the reader can see the disclaimer clearly. If you copy the kata description word-for-word, leave a link to this blog in a font at least as big as a "font size=3" font size and within the same text as the kata. If you do otherwise, you're breaking the law because you're breaking this agreement and stealing. I hope this covers everything. The last part of this disclaimer is: you must use common sense when practicing these kata. Do not do anything that you don't have experience in! Make sure you practice in an vastly open area only! Give yourself at least 20 feet by 20 feet worth of available free space! You are practicing at YOUR own risk! And no, I'm not a teacher.

Friday, March 17, 2006

The Concept of Ki

MEANINGS AND USES:
Ki has many name references of which you've probably heard at least one: ki/chi/chakra/qi/"the force". Ki is the internal energy that keep our bodies moving and living, just as every living creature around us, and ki is all around us. Some believe ki is magic. Some believe we need ki in order to keep evolving. Some don't even believe ki exists (the whole "I can't see it so I don't believe it issue"... like with air) or don't know about it. I, personally, believe ki is the energy that God created and gave us to live and to move about. My Lord is almighty, but he operates under his own scientific laws, or changes the laws depending on how he sees fit (Newton's Law of Gravity, etc. etc.). Those are my beliefs. Whatever your beliefs, learning about ki (which is what this post is about) will definitely help you put more power into your techniques. Ki is usually visualized as a yellow gas, almost liquid like, flowing throughout the body about the same speed you would see a person practicing Tai Chi (because Tai Chi is the person trying to build their ki and get it in sync).

"KIYAH":
You might have seen the old Bruce Lee movies where Lee shouts "Kiiii-yah!" as he attacks an opponent (oh, Game of Death is my favourite!). My Karatedo Renshi, Dan Barham, taught me that: "ki" refers to "energy" and "yah" refers to "verbalizing", so you are "verbalizing your ki". He also said though, that doing so can mess up your diaphram over time. That... is a bad thing. Well, when you kiyah, you're supposed to squeeze your abdominals, because that's where your "dan tien", or energy source, is located. Nowadays, known as "the core" because the public has finally come to realize that you need your abdominals in everything that you do. I recently saw some commercials for Ab Lounge and some big blue ball that's really popular with yoga people (Tai Chi is better for you than yoga, BTW), and I thought, "They realize that they need to work their abdominal muscles to become more fit in everything else, but they don't even realize WHY they're doing this..." To squeeze ki from your dan tien to your fists when you punch is the reason for kiyah-ing. Well, if the "yah" is what messes up the diaphram (because too much ki passes by), just start "ki-ing". When you punch or perform any type of technique, squeeze your abdominal muscles to get the best results.

BREATHING:
When you breathe, breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth and breathe deeply. My Renshi, Dan Barham, told my Karatedo class: "If you breathe deeply and use all of your lungs, you are keeping yourself healthier than if not. Americans especially tend to breathe with only the top part of their lungs because they're worried about getting fat. This is bad." The in-through-the-nose-and-out-through-the-mouth technique is already widely excepted by athletes of all types, but they might not know the reasoning for which they do it. The ki in your body is flowing almost like a gas- down your back and up the front. When you breathe in through your nose, it helps more ki get to the brain, and it will flow down your back to the rest of your body anyway. Then you breathe out through your mouth as to not disrupt the flow of ki by trying to force it back out the way it came (and that more is constantly coming through). Plus, the rest of your body wants fresh ki too! :) My Karatedo Renshi told us that yawning through the nose and out the mouth is really good for you, and even if you can't that yawning through the mouth is still good because you're using the full capacity of your lungs, so they're staying healthier, and you're taking in a lot of ki that is bound to get to your brain and rest of your body real easy.

BUILDING KI:
Building your ki is quite simple. Here are a few simple methods.
1) Act as if you're about to clap, but when your hands get to be about 6 inches apart slow down and don't make any noise clapping, and push as if you've got clay in your hands. The idea is that you're getting as much ki quickly to the center by moving your hands fast, and then molding your ki and making it become stronger once it's all bunched up.
2) Do the same thing with your feet. Go to stomp the ground, but at about 6 inches from the ground, slow down and push forcefully. This will build ki in your leg area.
3) Practice soft Tai Chi. Several movements in Tai Chi are used to build ki, like the push-pull, and push-to-the-ground. I'm not sure, but I think yoga has ki building techniques too (but they refer to it as chakra).
4) Don't let yourself get moodswings too often. Changing your mood changes your flow of ki and it can become unbalanced. You want yin-yang, or balance, to your spirit and body. Stay calm when you can.


THE END (OR THE BEGINNING?)
And wow, that's the most extensive thing I've ever written about ki. If any masters of ki are out there and notice ANY mistake (even the slightest), please e-mail me at steveborthick@gmail.com to let me know, thanks!

And the much used line continues: "Have fun and enjoy learning! I know I do!"

Hanshi's 12

This technique is one to practice basics and is the main one that I focus on at home when practicing. Every technique termed will be bold so you can refer to http://www.putfile.com/germanchakra/ (not up yet) for how the technique goes.

THE TECHNIQUE:
Start in Musubi dachi.
1) Step right foot backward and into Zenkutsu dachi- then upper block with left arm.
2) Step right foot forward into Zenkutsu dachi- then punch face-height with right hand.
3) Step right foot backward into Zenkutsu dachi- then outside block with left arm.
4) Step right foot forward into Zenkutsu dachi- then punch chest-height with right hand.
5) Step right foot backward into Zenkutsu dachi- then inside block with left arm.
6) Step right foot forward into Zenkutsu dachi- then punch chest-height with right hand (again).
7) Step right foot backward into Zenkutsu dachi- then outside palm-block with left arm.
8) Step right foot forward into Zenkutsu dachi- then spear hand chest-height with right hand.
9) Step right foot backward into Zenkutsu dachi- then downward palm-block with left arm.
10) Step right foot forward into Zenkutsu dachi- then spear hand groin-height with right hand.
11) Step right foot backward into Zenkutsu dachi- then leg block with left arm.
12) Front kick as you step into Zenkutsu dachi.
Step back into Musubi dachi.


TIPS:
∙ Step into Zenkutsu dachi BEFORE you execute a technique so you get a stronger foot holding.
∙ When you think you have it down, practice with your eyes closed (in a vastly open area).
∙ Don't look at the Hanshi's 12 list. Write all of the movements down on paper and ask someone else to check it for you who has the above list as you practice. Have them make any corrections, memorize the corrections, and practice some more.
∙ Videotape yourself practicing Hanshi's and watch for any mistakes or possible improvements. Correct them.
∙ If someone you know is fluent at Hanshi's 12, have them watch you and point your mistakes out to you, and fix your mistakes.
∙ Try to perform Hanshi's 12 without thinking - "just do it".

Have fun and enjoy learning! I know I do!

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Enpi Take Kata

Every technique termed will be bold so you can refer to http://www.putfile.com/germanchakra (not up yet) if you need to.

THE TECHNIQUE:
Start in musubi dachi. Say "Enpi Take". Bow towards the front. Put feet together, then raise heels from the ground as you do ki readying. Do a left leg block and bend your knees. With your right foot, give a front kick. Step forward into zenkutsu dachi. Do a right upwards elbow strike. Walk your right foot back while putting your right arm down. Step into zenkutsu dachi with your left foot out, and give an outside elbow strike. Do a stepping upper elbow strike, then do a knuckle whip. Walk your left foot back into hachi dachi stance, cross your arms, and do a double outside elbow strike. Perform a back elbow strike. Look behind you to your left, then put your left foot behind you and turn 180 degrees, stay in Cat stance, and perform an outside block with your left arm. Punch chest-height with your right hand. Step your left foot back into zenkutsu dachi and perform a right leg block. Frontal kick and step into zenkutsu dachi with your left leg out front. Give an upwards elbow strike with your left arm. Walk your left foot back, step out into zenkutsu dachi with your right foot out front and do an outside elbow strike. Then do a stepping upper elbow strike. Next a knuckle whip. Walk your right foot back into hachi dachi, cross your arms, and do a double outside elbow strike. Next do a back elbow strike. Look behind you once more clockwise. Bring your right foot behind you and turn 180 degrees to face the front (the way you started), stay in Cat stance, and give an outside block with your right arm. Punch chest-height. Cross your arms, push, and move into hachi dachi. Put your feet together, finish ki readying, and as you bring your arms down to your sides, move into musubi dachi. Bow to the front.

TIPS:
∙ Think of Enpi Take as one small kata performed one way and then backwards. If you memorize all the technique facing one way, then when you turn around and block, you're doing the same thing all over again. Then you just turn around once more and have a tiny bit to do.
∙ When you think you have it down, practice with your eyes closed (in a vastly open area).
∙ Don't look at the kata list. Write all of the movements down on paper and ask someone else to check it for you who has the above list. Have them make any corrections, memorize the corrections, and practice some more.
∙ Videotape yourself practicing this kata and watch for any mistakes. Correct them.
∙ If someone you know is fluent at this kata, have them watch you and point your mistakes out to you, and fix your mistakes.
∙ Try to perform the kata without thinking - "just do it".

Have fun & enjoy learning! I know I do!

Kyoku Shodan Kata

Enjoy reading! Every technique termed will be bold so you can refer to http://www.putfile.com/germanchakra (not up yet) if you need to.

THE TECHNIQUE:
Start in musubu dachi. Say, "Kyoku Shodan". Bow towards the frong. Do ki readying from Part 1 to Part 2. Flow to hachi dachi. Down block to left side. Cat stance to turn to the left and outside block with left arm. Punch chest-height with right hand. Stand back in previous spot with the same hand positions and facing the same direction. Step right foot back onto the ball, then turn right 180 degrees clockwise into Cat stance. Flow to outside block with right arm. Punch chest-height with left hand. Stand back in previous spot with the same hand positions and facing the same direction. Cat stance turning left 90 degrees and outside block. Take a step forward with your right foot and upwards block with right arm. Take a step forward with your left foot and upwards block with your left arm. Take a step forward with your right foot and punch chest-height with your right hand. Move your left foot behind you and to your right, and touch the ball of your foot to the ground. Turn to your left to Cat stance 270 degrees (to what was your right, but you've made three left turns) and flow to outside block with your left arm. Take a step forward with your right foot and punch chest-height, first with your right, then with your left. Walk your right foot back to your left, put your right foot behind you and touch the ball of your right foot to the ground, and turn 180 degrees to Cat stance, and flow to outside block with your right arm. Take a step forward with your left foot and punch chest-height with your left hand, then your right. Walk your left foot back to your right. Turn to your left to Cat stance and give an outside block with your left arm. Take a step forward with your right foot and punch face-height with your right hand. Take a step forward with your left foot and punch face-height with your left hand. Take a step forward with your right foot and punch face-height with your right hand. Put your left foot behind you and to your right, and turn 225 degrees to your left, and flow into a palm outside block with your left hand. Step your left foot back to your right and go into Cat stance with your right foot out 90 degrees to the right. Flow into a palm outside block with your right hand. Step your right foot back and turn slightly 45 degrees to the left (facing forward again) and bring your left arm up to block your face at a 45 degree angle upwards and then cross your right arm, push out, and flow into hachi dachi. Step into musubi dachi. Do ki readying from Part 2 to Part 4 (skip Part 3). Move back into musubi dachi. Breathe in deeply, and then out.

TIPS:
∙ Think of Kyoku Shodan as moving in the shape of a letter "I" - you start at the middle of the base, cover the bottom left limb, then the bottom right, you move up the base, cover the top right limb, then the top left limb (as if to keep balance on both sides of the letter), then fall back down the base.
∙ When you think you have it down, practice with your eyes closed (in a vastly open area).
∙ Don't look at the kata list. Write all of the movements down on paper and ask someone else to check it for you who has the above list. Have them make any corrections, memorize the corrections, and practice some more.
∙ Videotape yourself practicing this kata and watch for any mistakes. Correct them.
∙ If someone you know is fluent at this kata, have them watch you and point your mistakes out to you, and fix your mistakes.
∙ Try to perform the kata without thinking - "just do it".

Have fun learning! I know I do!

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

March 15th, 2006

Karatedo practices are almost over. :( BTW, everyone, Doshinkan Dojos are where I take classes, and they are very good teachers. Apparently, they are much better than Shotokan. We have learned the Doshinkan versions of Kyoku Shodan and Enpi Take, and my Renshi (Dan Barham) taught us a trick to remember the layout of Kyoku Shodan. My next post will be the layout and trick to remembering the Kyoku Shodan kata, and the next will be Enpi Take. I will soon get some pictures up on http://www.putfile.com/germanchakra that will show the moves needed in order to execute the katas. IMHO, it's much better to learn from a Sensei than to learn on the internet, not that you can't learn it on the net, but having someone right there by you teaching you is so much easier.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

February 9th, 2006

Yo all, I saw that some teens from school, Lani and Chase, were making Blogs, so I decided to make one too. If you contact them, they'll probably just be like, "Okay...". I can't believe how extremely basic this Blog thing is, Bravenet is so irritating to use, even though you do get more freedom than this thing. So I'm thinking I might make this blog on Karate; there doesn't seem to be very many Karate blogs. And because it's somehow customarily polite within the structurally complex system of society to end a sentence with a farewell, I say: later!

Chase: http://www.myspace.com/hyped4thecriticalbeatdown
Lani: http://www.myspace.com/elle_a_roni

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