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Fukyugata Ich Solo Pad Drill 6

In this last video exploring solo pad training drills for Fukyugata Ich, we examine the closing high punch, low block, high punch sequence in the kata. There are a variety of applications for this sequence, but in this video, we discuss an application for dealing with a sucker punch or if the confrontation has gotten

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Fukyugata Ich Solo Pad Drill 5

When a kata presents a technique a second time but followed up differently, it is likely the kata is teaching us various ways of following up that basic technique. For example, the first high block in fukyugata ich is followed by a low block (explored in the previous video). The second high block is followed

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Fukyugata Ich Solo Pad Drill 4

In a previous video we discussed an application from Fukyugata Ich to keep the enemy from grabbing the lapel. However, sometimes, despite our best efforts, the enemy succeeds in grabbing us. This video explores an application for the high block, low block sequence in Fukyugata Ich to deal with a successful lapel grab from the

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Fukyugata Ich Solo Pad Drill 3

Karate is indeed primarily a striking art, but the kata also contain basic throws. Shoshine Nagamine, the founder of Matsubayashi-ryu and the creator of Fukyugata Ich, was also a judo practitioner, and it is reasonable to conclude that he incorporated basic throws into his kata. This video demonstrates how to practice a throw from Fukyugata

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Fukyugata Ich Solo Pad Drill 2

This video explains how to practice the second bunkai application for Fukyugata Ich as a solo pad drill. Such drills can supplement our partner bunkai training, and they are excellent training options for when we are quarantined. These solo pad drills can also be used in the dojo in contexts where partner training is not

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Fukyugata Ich Solo Pad Drill 1

Solo training is an important part of the martial artist’s overall training matrix. During the Covid-19 pandemic, dojos have closed and martial artists have had to become creative in developing solo training drills to keep up with their various skills. In addition to practicing our kata, we can also practice our bunkai applications for our

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Pinan/Heian Sandan Throwing Solo Drills

Being able to throw an enemy is an important karate skill set. Indeed, karate is primarily a striking art, but throws have always been part of karate as an important tactic for disabling the enemy or disrupting balance/body position to facilitate striking and escaping. This video demonstrates some solo training shadow boxing and heavy bag

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Strength and Cardio Training

All martial artists should be fit to fight, regardless of the martial arts context for which you train (practical self-defense, sport karate, recreational martial arts). This instructional video demonstrates six resistance exercises on gravity straps and twelve practical and sports kihon cardio exercises on the heavy bag: Introduction–the need for physical conditioning Demonstration of resistance

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Kicking Combination Drills on Heavy Bag

An excellent solo-training activity is to alternate between strength training and kihon (kicks and hand strikes) on the heavy bag. You can set up an interval timer and do circuits, switching back and forth between a rep of a strength exercise and then a rep on the heavy bag. This video demonstrates some basic kicking

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Kihon Solo Training Drills

Every traditional karate system has some form of “kihon” training, or practice of basic techniques. These kihon are the building blocks of kata, and you can easily train them in solo drills. Sometimes, practitioners do not see the practical application of these kihon, and some have even abandoned kihon practice. In this video, we explore

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