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#426466 - 04/14/10 08:11 AM Re: my kata [Re: student_of_life]
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as long as you are aware of your form. Try to have maximum contact with the floor, thatīs the best you could do.
Speed isnīt everything in training, good performance on the lower speed. Some people tend to take the speed too far.

#426469 - 04/14/10 12:00 PM Re: my kata [Re: student_of_life]
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Hello Mark:

I find foot problems often can be reduced by looking at the joint directly above it (knee). Same for other body parts too I guess...

As long as you have contact with the ground, I doubt it will be as serious a problem as our "dissection" of them might seem??? Regardless, its something you'll be playing with for a bunch of years... until you are content with the results

I vaguely remember a book in my library which spoke to the ankle, foot issue, let me see if I can recall which one. Might have been Karate-Do Foundations (Fueller?), might have been Brian Frost's book. Have to ponder that a bit.

I'm a "Shorin" stylist both by lineage and preference. The knee bending is a basic-fundamental of the particular art I practice. Don't forget to press your knee slightly OUTWARD, once you have the knee bending issue down a little more.

Its maddening all the tiny little parts you can focus on, if you turn your attention to that particular "X" level. I know exactly why all the fabled masters went off into the mountains to spend some time. They literally went INSANE trying to figure this all out laugh.

Thanks for sharing your different kata with us, we mean no offense/harm by our addled thoughts, comments...


#426563 - 04/22/10 07:55 AM Re: my kata [Re: Ronin1966]
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i appreciate the input guys. i also filmed tekki shodan last night, so have a look at that one and let me know what you think.

again, please don't hold back. im only a shodan and i understand i'll be training for the rest of my life. thanks again
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#426607 - 04/24/10 06:39 AM Re: my kata [Re: student_of_life]
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Your tekki shodan is quite different from the ISSHINRYU naifanchi kata though from the same source.

But in my experience you stances are solid and I feel the upper body performance is a little rushed.

At times you move onto the next technique before I feel the last technique is completed. That may be a signature of your system but I'd prefer the full strike completed before moving onto the next.

hope that helps,
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#426609 - 04/24/10 08:19 AM Re: my kata [Re: Victor Smith]
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Tekki Shodan was good. I have trouble deciding how to comment on people's pacing because it is such in individual thing and I suspect that a highly knowledgeable person could tell you what school you went to based on your pacing. I watched through a few times to see how much of the rushing on the arms was due to the video itself, or the performance. As best I can tell, it may be some of both. The moves seem to be complete so from my own viewing, I don't have a problem with it. When I myself do the kata, the arms go slower more to match the legs.
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#426611 - 04/24/10 08:33 PM Re: my kata [Re: underdog]
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It is difficult to understand another path just from watching a video. My suggestion was offered to give you my impression which you will use or not by your own training standards.

I trained in the Sutrisno Shotokan for about 10 years but am not as Shotokan expert, and can only draw upon my shared experiences.

Use of a different timing from what I prefer is more likely a different set of application potentials using that timing too.

I appreciate watching your performance.
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#426631 - 04/26/10 08:29 AM Re: my kata [Re: Victor Smith]
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One major thing I noticed is the opening to your right; you use a shuto-uchi, whereas on the opening to the left (ura of the stuff performed) you use a haishu-uchi. In other words, you start out holding your hand horizontal, but on the same point in the other direction, you keep your hand vertical.

Like mentioned in response to the other kata, you kept your fingers loose, not closed.

You slightly turn in your knees with sideward techniques (it's hard to do without I know). For example on the soto-uke.

Nice work though.

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