Monday, November 9, 2009



Sunday, November 8, 2009

superior attributes

Understands how to turn speed into power.'
Uses sweeps reaps and throws.
Deadly close in with elbows and knees and head buts
Understands importance of center line and other superior blocking systems
Knows how to use stance as a weapon
Explosive entire body movement to close in suddenly
Wears opponent down with leg kicks
Trains on the makiwara and heavy bag.
Never skips kata practice
Builds elongated muscle not bulky muscle.
Fights using combinations
Trains daily
Works to develope one punch knock out power
In self defense fights viciously relentlessly ruthlessly
Balanced diet
Grabs and hits
Not afraid to slug it out.
Moves left or right or forward never backs up.
Creates openings by hitting not faking or feinting
Ability to turn tables on attacker and make him the defender
Ability to get out of the line of fire whether it be fists feet knives or bullets or tackle.
Combines hard and soft .NOTE Soft to an attacker does not seem soft it is only soft in the sense that what follows is much much harder.



If you know youself and your enemy there is no fear in a 1000 battles.

So said SUN TZU in his BOOK OF WAR but to those who have actually read it know it is also a book of infiltration and intelligence gathering in order to "know" the enemy before battle lines are drawn.

In a self defense situation we are not allowed the luxury of "pre knowledge" of an attacker.However there are signals we can read that signify an attack is likely to occur and thereby allow us to "know" our attacker.
Any change in the eyes in that they go wide or narrower.
Any change in tone of voice suddenly gets louder or lower
Change in body movement shuffles around acts agitated can't seem to keep still
A pale face gets more flushed and vice versa ,
A sudden turn as if to walk away.
These are all manifestations of the internal "fight or flight"mechanism revealing themselves externally.

Take note that sociopaths and phsycopaths that have an agenda other than beating you to a pulp rarely show any of these signs.They are charismatic seemingly friendly and even helpful or use some ruse to get your sympathy and will only resort to violence if and when neccesary long after you have set aside your fears and suspicions.TED BUNDY is a prime example.

What can you do?Learn the signs if you can't escape or de escalate the situation strike first .I know some people are going to say "what about karate ni sente nashi" or there is no 1st strike in karate .That is FUNAKOSHI's much quoted statement and just about all that most people know about him but of you read all his writings you will discover he advised doing what I said above.


Tuesday, November 3, 2009


Yes but not with the same intent of winning a prize but of guaranteeing one's safety so the ground and pound aspect was unlikely to be present.Taking someone down and then assuming the ground and pound posistion or trying for a submission is actually prolonging a fight and the longer the fight lasts the more your chances of losing increase.In MMA matches how many times have you seen someone come back and win from the weaker posistion.?Quite a few.To make karate more of a sport kata bunkai was altered to reflect only defenses against punches and kicks and the KENDO ideal of one strike one kill was applied to it to make judging easier in kumite matches.In actuality kata is countering grabs and striking //grabbing and striking //throwing or locking and striking without ever going to the ground besides blocking kicks and punches.Kind of like what goes on in a real fightThe assumption is a kata technique is the beginning and end of a fight when in actuality it is the begining only.It seeks to put you in a more advanteagous posistion in relation to your opponent's posistion.From there any manner of technique may be used as your opponent struggles against you.This is learnt by working with non compliant partners instead of statues that stand there and do nothing after launching one

Sunday, November 1, 2009


In terms of self defense the bunkai shown in the video would be almost if not totally ineffective.
It assumes each opponent will "take his turn"
It is geared to sport range and all techniques are performed using sport distancing.
It assumes one strike will do it or even just a block.
It assumes and does not allow for opponents who grab or attempt to grapple.
It assumes the opponent will not launch multiple attacks or wave form.
It breaks every rule formulated by the code of interpretation

And yes that is FUNAKOSHI's son.
Apparently he has something of a rep as a street fighter in hawaii!!!!!!!!!
FUNAKOSHI's son a street fighter ?The master must be spinning in his grave.
What was he taught that wasn't shown to the rest of the world ?Maybe the bunkai code as detailed by master HIGAKI one of FUNAKOSHI's original students.


Saturday, October 31, 2009

how to slow down your martial arts progress.

How to Slow Down or Completely Halt Your Martial Arts Training Progress by Sensei J. Richard Kirkham B.Sc.

Over the years, I've seen very successful techniques in slowing down martial arts and self-defense training to an almost complete stop. I've listed some of these techniques below, perhaps you're already practicing some of these....


Note the double t. Now this is a very common highly used martial arts training slow down technique. I've seen tournament champions as well as martial art wannabees use it. Here's what you do....

As soon as a fellow martial artist, whether instructor or training partner begins explaining a technique, utilize a blank, yet polite stare, BUT DON'T ACTUALLY LISTEN. Actually listening has the detrimental potential of improving your martial arts skills. Remember, we're trying to avoid this in this article.

To further the technique only pretend to listen to about half of the explanation. Take the valuable time while the martial artist is explaining the technique to develop a reason that it won't work. This will save you from actually having to listen to the entire explanation of the martial arts technique and gives you more time to figure out a reason NOT to add it to your repertoire. Sure sure you'll be hit by the technique since you don't train with it or against it, but similar techniques can be utilized to develop excuses why you were hit, there's no need to practice the technique. I assure you this would only speed up your martial arts training and improve your skills.

Remember, much like the namesake of this technique, always start your conversation after pretending to listen with

“Yeah but....”

Generalizations of Martial Arts and Martial Sports Styles

THIS will save you anywhere from hours to months of research in attempting to learn how other martial arts systems and martial arts sports such as boxing and mixed martial arts may utilize techniques differently and indeed utilize techniques you may not even know about or practice.

This technique works best when the person you're discussing the martial arts style or sport knows as little as you do about it. I've seen this done quite successfully, let me assure you, it's a proven technique for slowing down your martial arts training. Here's how the technique works....

Pick a martial arts style or sport, let's say boxing. Start your time saving and research saving conversation like this,

“Here's what I'd do against a boxer....”

Now, it's important that you justify what you would do with further generalizations. Start this statement with this,

“Boxers always....”

NOW YOU'RE JUSTIFIED! See how much simpler that is than actually training with the martial arts style or sport? You've just saved yourself a great deal of time and progress. Now remember, if you accidentally do end up training with someone from another style and you get hit, don't worry, just utilize a variation of the yeahbutt technique to develop a reason you were hit. That way you won't have to train against that technique for which you have weak defenses.

Decisions Based on Short Experiences

This is different that generalizations since you did accidentally get a little experience with a style. This technique by the way has been developed almost to a science by a visually based observational nonphysically interactive type of martial artist commonly referred to as the “Monitor Martial Artist”.

This is a huge time saver! What the monitor martial artist does is watch a two to four minute online social video presentation and figure out how to sometimes not only defeat the martial artist in the video, BUT THE ENTIRE MARTIAL ARTS STYLE! Think about it! No need to actually develop interest in an alternate means of executing a technique. You just watch a couple minutes of video!

Here's how the technique works. It's best to use a social video media so you may build your self-esteem by commenting on the video. Watch, a small portion of the two to four minute video, by utilizing above techniques there's no need to wait till the video is concluded to begin drawing conclusions. As soon as you see something you believe is negative in the video, stop the video, pull your keyboard from your drawer and begin typing this....

“In 2.24 he was completely wide open! I'd have....”

And that's it! You've now saved hours of time by posting questions inquiring about the technique in 2.24. No need to perform internet searches or even find people in your area available for practicing. The best part about this is the support you get from fellow Monitor Martial Artists! Thus your self-esteem has been boosted, you've gained comrades who think as you do, thus enabling this technique to execute an almost complete halt to improving your martial arts skills!


I believe you're starting to get the idea of how to utilize these martial arts training slow down techniques;

1. DO NOT have an open mind.
2. Pretend to listen just long enough to be polite.
3. Be negative as quickly as possible.
4. Generalize as much as possible.

Any single technique utilized here will have the benefit of slowing down your martial arts training. When combined, you can potentially become completely static in your training. You'll never have to worry about learning anything new again.

About The Author

Sensei J. Richard Kirkham is a dual certified teacher. He's been in martial arts over 36 years.

Sensei Kirkham offers the techniques in this very article so you DO NOT have to purchase his well received instant download book and video Step by Step Learning Internal Energy Strikes which is guaranteed to increase your striking power These same techniques should also work on not getting his Free Punching and Kicking Power Tips

Note from Rick: On a serious note, my family and I thank you for your support and wish you the best of luck in your martial arts and self-defense training. Fee free to comment on this article below.

Thursday, October 29, 2009


Let me state it bluntly: This is a BS question.I am not saying you are full of BS but maybe you have been fed BS about best styles and ultimate styles BS..
How can that be? It seems like such a simple, straightforward question. Well, the problem isn't with the question per se, the problem is with the thinking that framed it. Specifically, the problem is twofold. 1) What is behind the question and 2) What the question is asking about.
What is behind the question are too many false premises, flawed assumptions, misunderstandings, fantasies and -- most importantly -- a way of thinking that has unwittingly replaced actual knowledge with advertising claims. The very assumption that there is a "best" shows the influence of marketing on your thinking ('best' applies to laundry detergent, not martial arts).
What the question is asking about is a hugely complex and ever changing topic. A topic that not only defies simple answers, but that is so big that an answer that is right in one context is wrong in another. And to really muck things up, it works both ways. The right answer for the second context would be wrong in the first one.
How complicated is this subject? Try this:Self-defense is about on-the-spot assessment of many variables, in mutable, unpredictable and rapidly changing circumstances, under immediate threat -- AND, not only coming up with an appropriate answer, but being able to effectively implement it in time. And being able later to explain why you felt that was the right response.
Complicated isn't it? Now the bad news: That IS a simplified summation of the entire subject(1).
That 'simple' question is BS because it assumes there's some kind of Wal-mart Supercenter of martial arts. A magical training system/martial art that addresses all of those elements of self-defense. One that not only will allow you to defeat slavering hordes of Uzi carrying ninjas but automatically downloads critical thinking, threat assessment, a perfect understanding of use of force laws, human behavior and the nature of violence directly into your brain...
And all of this by studying one system.
If any of this were true, then yes, just knowing the 'right' system would give him everything he needs. Unfortunately, even though it may seem to make sense in your head, reality doesn't work that way. Dangerous subjects -- and self-defense is a dangerous subject -- especially don't work that way.
That's why they're dangerous
Having said all of this, can self-defense be narrowed down to specific issues that you are most likely to encounter? Yes. By doing this it becomes a far more manageable and understandable idea.
However, this too is a complicated process that entails a lot of introspection, analysis, critical thinking and threat assessment. It is not something that you walk into a strip-mall dojo and buy a prepackaged wonder system.
Self-Defense vs. Personal SafetyTo explain why "which martial art is best for self-defense" is an erroneous question, look at the subject of personal safety as a pie. A pie that is sliced into distinct and different sections.
At best, physical technique is only one slice of that pie. Other slices of personal safety include legal issues, social skills, deterrents, psychology, knowledge of how crimes occur, mental preparation and awareness of what you are facing. In short, self-defense is only one small part of the much bigger issue (The analogy we use is a pyramid of personal safety). And even though it is a subset of personal safety, each of these components must be included in effective self-defense training. The hard part isn't snapping someone's neck. That's actually rather simple. The hard part is knowing when and why it is time to do it OR -- more importantly-- when it isn't.
And the number of people who end up in jail for violence tells us that isn't as cut and dried as they thought it was.
In a similar vein, violence can be looked upon in pie fashion. There are all kinds of violence. The different ways that it occurs are almost countless. "Fighting" is only one of the many ways violence can manifest.
Many people, upon reading this, will immediately think to themselves, "That's why you have to cross train in different fighting styles. So you will be able to fight under different conditions."
NO, this misses the point of what I am saying.
What I am saying is that there are different types of violence. What you think of as a 'fight' is such a minute number of these incidents that it hardly qualifies as a slice ... it's more like a sliver. Two equally matched opponents slugging it out or rolling around on the ground is the exception, not the rule of violence. Within those different types of violence are many different levels and participants can range from an upset person to a quarrelsome drunk, to a dangerous criminal to an insane person(2). While most incidents of violence are not intent on death and destruction, any number of them are ... and that intent affects how they happen.
There is no way you can train for all of these contingencies. For example, I know of no martial art style that will teach you an effective technique against someone, who is waiting with a shotgun in the shadows, near where you park your car. And yet, that is a reality of how violence happens. As such the possibility of it happening must be factored into 'self-defense' strategies. And no, not even training in firearms is going to save you in such a situation. What can possibly save you is knowledge, awareness and appropriate habits.
However, fantasy ideals about "real fighting" abound in martial arts schools and reality-based self-defense circles. While we are on the subject, a vast array of misconceptions about violence also exists in many women's self-defense programs. Instead of taking a huge subject (personal safety/self defense) and narrowing it down to a) what is germane to the person's needs b) what this kind of training is best suited to handle,they take the opposite approach. They take an extremely narrow focus (often sport based) and try to conceptually expand it to cover ALL the different manifestations of violence, self-defense and personal safety.
Why Is This Bad?So you might ask yourself, "Why is this bad?" After all isn't a little bit of knowledge better than no knowledge at all?
Not necessarily...
In fact, it is not uncommon for a little bit of training to be worse than no training at all. Ever heard the old saw about: A little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing? Well, in this business it is true. Quite often people with no training do not have the overconfidence common among those with a little training (or a lot of training in a bad system). As such, realizing that they have no hope of 'winning' a physical conflict they do a lot more to avoid one -- including running away before the situation can become physically violent.
Due to the instructor's lack of either experience, research or both into the complexities of violence, students are given a false sense of security and an overblown belief in their ability to handle themselves in a violent situation. It's easy to believe you're "tough" in the training hall, but that isn't enough to save you when it comes to actual violence. This is why many programs are in fact more dangerous to the student than no training at all. Students, believing that they can handle themselves, will attempt to fight instead of run. One of the saddest examples we know of is when a young 'star' of a commercialized dojo encountered a mentally ill chemically addicted person with a knife. But before he was ever wounded the young black belt had violated every awareness and avoidance principle in the book. His training actually interfered with his threat assessment ... because "he knew karate."
The bottom line is that physical self-defense is a last-ditch option when other -- more effective -- strategies have failed. It isn't something you do because you're afraid of being thought a wimp. These other options having been tried first, however, give you points and standards you can articulate to any responding law enforcement officers to show you were engaged in legitimate self-defense. Because you need to know officers hear the self-defense plea all the time. And what it turns out to be is what is legally considered a "fight" and both parties claiming it was self-defense.
If you have participated in the escalation of the situation, you are not defending yourself, you are fighting, and you will be held legally accountable for it.
All of this is why we consider "personal safety" to be a much more useful concept than "self-defense." Personal safety includes self-defense issues and training, but by being broader in scope it addresses issues that are not in the purview of either martial arts OR self-defense training.Return to top of page
So Which Martial Art Style Is Best for Self-Defense?All of them and none of them. Simply stated: ANY martial art system can be used for self-defense.
Provided you know what self-defense is...
Most commercialized systems tend to fall apart, however, when you attempt to fight using them.
The problem is that most people do not differentiate between self-defense and fighting. And this is a critical distinction. Our definition of self-defense is simple. Any physical/mechanical means you use to get away from immediate danger and escape to safety.
Self-defense does not mean standing there and attempting to engage an attacker. It especially doesn't mean attempting to defeat someone in a physical altercation. It means you only engage long enough to be able to remove yourself from danger and to get to safety.
Our definition of fighting, however, is the willful engagement with an opponent to either gain something or engaging rather than losing something less important than your life (e.g., pride, face or personal insult). The last part is where we differ from the legal standards you will be held accountable to. They don't care about the "why," people are fighting, we do. In short, fighting is a consensual conflict both parties have actively engaged in. More importantly, fighting is about winning.
That last statement is why so many people end up losing a fight.
When you laser in on "winning," you leave yourself open to lose. If for example your goal is to win a fight using your martial arts, you will actually end up lengthening the time of the engagement, increasing the chances of losing. You not only boost the chance of your opponent coming up with a more effective strategy, but you also increase the length of time you are in his "line of fire." This also increases the time during which you can make a mistake when countering his offensives.
If your defensive strategy is oriented on deflecting the immediate threat and escaping before another threat can be offered, then ANY martial art system and training will be effective for "self-defense."
If, however, your goal is to "win" then you seriously run the risk of a) extending the altercation, thereby greatly increasing your chances of losing or b) going "over the top" and using excessive force.
Either will get you in deep legal trouble, but the second one more so. This is why we have a saying training to fight only has two problems. One is if you lose. Two is if you win. Often with you "winning," the once-upon-a-time aggressor has now become the legal victim, and you have become the aggressor. Not because he didn't start it, but because you crossed the line from defending yourself to attacking him. Often this line is crossed because your training taught you to behave this way "in case he doesn't stop attacking"
In ConclusionThere are no simple answers. Every martial art style has value. The question is: Does it have value for the situation you are most likely to find yourself in?
The next question is: Is what they are teaching self-defense or fighting? Are they encouraging you to engage an opponent rather than get to safety? These are critical questions.
The bottom line is this: Martial arts are not self-defense. Self-defense is not personal safety. Fighting is neither self-defense nor personal safety. While martial arts training can be used in a self-defense context, it is a far better idea to create a much stronger alloy of personal safety instead of any single "fighting" system. Martial arts are part of complete personal safety regime, they are not the sole answer.
And no martial art style or self-defense system will ever be able to teach you everything you need to know about the complexities of violence ... especially if you are in either a high risk situation or profession. And if anybody tells you differently, they are selling something. Maybe not to you, but then at least to themselves. Because in their minds, they want it to be as simple as "which martial art is best for self-defense?"
But that's not how the world -- or violence -- works.
1) Even after a collective 65 years of studying the issue, sometimes it seems to us that self-defense is like trying to juggle nitro-glycerin while tap dancing across a hardwood floor covered in marbles. It seems that the more you know, the more simple answers just fade further and further into the distance. Every time you think you've found a reliable answer a "what about...?" shows you where it won't work. Return to Text
2) These types are defined not only by how they occur, but also by intent, intensity and strategy. Someone who is intent on killing you is going to attack differently than someone who is attempting to punish you. Those are going to be different than how an argument escalates into violence. A "professional" will attack you differently than an amateur, a pack will attack differently than an individual. Also your ability to defend yourself will often determine how you will be attacked (e.g. head on or shot in the back). A sane person will attack differently than a crazy person. These are very real and distinct differences. Differences that have incredible influence over whether or not you end up gushing blood in the ER.

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