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Original Okinawa Karate Iha Dojo
03/25/2020

Original Okinawa Karate Iha Dojo

Kankaku, Kukuchi, Muchimi, Atefei (perception of power and intention through touch, “sticky” heavy hands, lingering power): This is the capacity to perceive the power and intention of our partner by touching and is often referred to by Sensei as "pinkie control" (from the kagite). Kankaku and Muchimi are such fundamental ideas since they are examples of listening with your body. Every attack has its own solution, but we must be receptive to the possibilities through a relaxed and spontaneous mind and body. We must listen not only to our partner's body, but also to our own.

Iha Sensei's karate is very relaxed and seemingly effortless because he simply follows the initiative of the attacker's will. If they pull or push him he does not resist, but rather accepts the energy to his own advantage,thus leading the attacker to defeat himself. Another way to think of this feeling is to visualize yourself wrapping around the opponent as if you are a net. No single point is predetermined to control the attack, but as the encounter unfolds your sensitivity to respond and flow naturally finds the weak or tense areas of your partner’s body or mind to their loss, as the outcome is based upon their intention and actions, not yours. Enveloping our partner in this way means that we are relaxed enough to sense the change in our partner without having to see it visually, although visual perception is greatly increased when coupled with touch.

All of the “hinge” blocks (e.g. hiji mawashi uke) that diffuse power from strikes rely upon this principle. It is easy to practice. One training method is where you put your loose wrist (arm relaxed), palm down usually, on the extended arm of your partner. While your partner moves their arm slowly in any direction or angle, even retracting it to the side, you stick yourself to them through relaxed following at the wrist. Let the speed increase, then let the movement increase to full power punches, elbows, throws and kicks when there is no initial contact. In this way the most natural and efficient angling will reveal itself to you. Then try it with your eyes closed, repeating the same progression, including kicks, falls and throws. If done correctly, this is one of the best training methods for proper partner work and quickly increases your skill level. You will soon develop a heavy and relaxed density in your limbs. As a bonus, your strikes will become heavier as well.

03/25/2020
Original Okinawa Karate Iha Dojo

Original Okinawa Karate Iha Dojo

Sensei returned from Okinawa and was excited to see everyone at the dojo Friday evening. During the second pretest class he emphasized the need to be able to have a relaxed shoulder and a tight fist, unified through the elbow connection with the hip. He went on to say that makiwara teaches this feeling best and that it’s easy to see if a student has this feeling or not in two specific partner drills: high low punch and the gojushiho nagashi drill. High low shows the ability to punch out extremely fast from the hip twitch and relaxed shoulder, whereas nagashi demonstrates the ability to match a partner’s power and timing and not be too loose in the shoulder so as to disengage arms or to be too tense so as to try to overpower your partner’s movement.

Sensei mentioned that the proper idea of partner work is harmony. Remove the notion of victory and defeat. That is conflict. Replace it with harmony, like dancing. This will not only improve our physical flow, but develop a healthy psyche. The result is the removal of ego and pride from our movement and an openness to honestly understand oneself and the technique for what it actually is trying to develop.

Sensei went on to say that in a test what is most important in partner work is to show harmony of movement without trying to dominate. He said the kata and makiwara will clearly show the judges who has what skills and partner work shows your heart. While still maintaining a martial attitude, the more skilled partner should match the ability of the less skilled (and he joked, “who maybe is senior”).

Original Okinawa Karate Iha Dojo
03/22/2020

Original Okinawa Karate Iha Dojo

Gusukuma outlined the three foundational principles of karate as kata, jutsu, and ryaku. Without all three, the martial application is lost.

Kata is the foundational form by which the body develops proper posture, breathing, balance, flexibility, and unified muscle/tendon/hip control for maximum outpower.

Jutsu encompasses the bunkai, or analysis of the martial techniques; only some of which are derived from kata. Over time, these techniques become muscle memory. Almost all kata movements have multiple bunkai, but bunkai is not limited to kata analysis nor the bunkai of curriculum.

Ryaku is the “abbreviation” or the continuous counter-application to the bunkai. It is represented in the spontaneous free flowing of movements as counters to attacks. Oyo bunkai in the curriculum is a baby step toward ryaku ; moving from block printing to cursive, yet still within the “wording” of kata. Ryaku is free composition based upon the “theme” of kata.

Sensei reminds us that it is the responsibility of the dedicated student to seek out partners for the exploration of jutsu and ryaku. There we find the joy of exploration.

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Discover the Proven Effective Okinawan Self Defense Karate Martial Art that uses your natural body movements so the smaller and weaker easily handle larger and stronger opponents. If your interest is Karate, Kickboxing or Martial Arts for Self Defense you deserve to train with us. Many call us the Martial Arts Grad School because every move in our kata is researched and explored for pressure point, joint manipulation and percussion applications. Try a class before you join the get 6 weeks of Self Defense Karate Classes, plus a Karate Uniform, for only $99!

We focus training in self defense to survive an unexpected violent attack plus to learn the gentle art of Okinawan Shidokan Karate, rather than competing for a trophy or to see who is the strongest in the dojo. This is Beikoku Shidokan Shorin Ryu Karate.

In 1979 our instructor has began studying with internationally renown Grand Master Seikichi Iha, 10th Degree, one of the senior most Okinawan Karate Grand Masters. Our Instructor attained the rank of 8th Degree Master under Grand Master Iha.

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9:00 am Saturday

7:00 pm Sunday thru Thursday

7:00 - 9:00 pm Friday is open dojo. Attendees work on improving their skills with other students.

6:00 pm Monday and Wednesday Women’s Class

Youth Class 5:30 pm Tuesday and Thursday

Beginners Welcome! Experienced Martial Artists are also Welcome!

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