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#435459 - 09/19/12 01:57 PM 5 years, 1 technique?
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you've all heard of the idea behind the book "Five years, one kata". ref: http://www.fightingarts.com/reading/article.php?id=443

What if that were taken to the more extreme of five years, one technique ?

which technique would it be and why? (if you were to choose to train one technique exclusively for whatever reason).

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#435460 - 09/19/12 04:20 PM Re: 5 years, 1 technique? [Re: Ed_Morris]
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I would study and employ the change dojo technique:)

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#435462 - 09/19/12 11:32 PM Re: 5 years, 1 technique? [Re: duanew]
Matakiant Offline
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The question just seems silly... In so many ways it is a bad & fundementally wrong idea & thing to do.

But... I would choose my favorite technique.

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#435463 - 09/20/12 11:47 AM Re: 5 years, 1 technique? [Re: Ed_Morris]
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Not sure I can answer that question-everytime I think I would chose techinque "x" I think of a reason technique "y" would be better.

Also thinking I would spend the time on "techniques" that might not be punching and kicking and grappling--thinking more of awareness and avoidence training.

If it has to be a single actual "technique" then I an leaning toward thing that would be illegal outside of "I did it to save my life" kinda things--something you would ONLY use when there was no other choice but to cripple/seriously injure someone.
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#435464 - 09/20/12 12:16 PM Re: 5 years, 1 technique? [Re: Ed_Morris]
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OK, if I were limited to perfecting one technique, it would be a lunge punch. Make it fast and strong as possible, while simultaneously pivoting to an angle. After all, the hand closest to the opponent will be the quickest and so hardest to defend.
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#435465 - 09/20/12 01:55 PM Re: 5 years, 1 technique? [Re: Matakiant]
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agreed it's a silly question especially if someone reading it has the goal of becoming the 'complete MAist'... but I disagree that it's 'wrong'.

everyone has their own goals for training (or not training for that matter). If the goal is to be able to hit harder, then concentrating on technique(s) towards that end is not wrong.

if someone has a balance issue for instance, concentrating on improving that exclusively for a period of time may be the step towards a longer term training goal.

Is it more 'correct' to maintain a uniform curriculum vs diving deep in a much smaller set of techniques that are tailored for personal goals?

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#435466 - 09/20/12 03:23 PM Re: 5 years, 1 technique? [Re: Ed_Morris]
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Ed

"Is it more "correct" to maintain a uniform curriculem vs. diving in a much smaller set of techniques that are tailored for personal goals."

Another thought-provoking question!

My personal opinion is that the latter would tend to help explain why there is so much variation between people that trained in the SAME system and even under the SAME teacher. Essentially that back in the day more focus was placed on the "tailored for personal goals" than the "uniform curriculem" part.

You could probably add "tailored for individual strengths and weaknesses" to the list as well. IMO.

Good question! smile
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#435467 - 09/20/12 05:37 PM Re: 5 years, 1 technique? [Re: cxt]
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I can only speak for iaido and aikido:

I am obliged to taylor my kata/techniques to the remaining ability in my blown right knee. Not much other choice left.

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#435470 - 09/21/12 03:28 PM Re: 5 years, 1 technique? [Re: iaibear]
Shonuff Offline
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Hello all, long time no type angrily at:)

My one technique for 5 years would be oizuki. As well as the obvious power striking there's a lot you can do with the components of the movement, the retracting hand, applying angles, spins, the push-pull principle, use of the stepping leg etc etc.
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#435471 - 09/21/12 05:29 PM Re: 5 years, 1 technique? [Re: Shonuff]
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Spins, as in a weighted-flexed-twisting knee, just don't happen any more.

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