Ligo Dojo Blog — 17 November 2013

Our Ligo Dojo Tech Committee Lesson 9 will focus on basic boken and sai bunkai. As everyone knows, we now have sai, bo and tonfa kata in Kyokushin-kan. However, imitating kata from a video tape, copying kata, has very little meaning. Here in our Tech Committee training we pursue a deeper level of training so that once we practice the kata, they will mean something . . . and be far easier to learn.


But first, please note that there is a lot going on here, in today’s post, in terms of videos. Even the very last one, at the bottom of the page, introduces the construction of the sandbag training structure I use daily, because Shihan Petrovich requested instructions on how to build one. Sensei Omar had also once suggested such a desire, and Sensei Callhan lamented he didn’t have space in his dojo to build one. At any rate, please note Part 1 of construction instructions below.

Also, here, are two videos, of my own self training, which I post for a specific reason important to tech committee training. First the self training montage shows the type of self training I do personally daily, which is important because it shows that the hard contact style that has always been unique to Kyokushin still applies here. Onc concern that we might have in the West when embracing the Kyokushinkan tech committee material is that we might fear that Kyokushin training is changing to something softer. On the contrary, please don’t be concerned. The tech committee material is supplemental, not designed to replace full-contact training, as is shown in the video below. Note, in fact, that here, one my own, outside of the tech committee training, I am practicing the tech committee material in a full-contact way. Note particularly the use of Naifanchin Shodan techniques on the sandbags. (Remember that in Mas Oyama’s era everyone had to prove that they could fight, because until Mas Oyama there was no full contact karate. Now, however, that everyone takes full-contact fighting for granted — we can all fight! — we can afford to slow down for a moment and concentrate on technique. Technique is nothing without the full-contact, but full-contact is fairly substandard without the technique.)

The 2nd video, below, shows another of my self training routines which I already described as follows in an earlier facebook post:

Here are 30 consecutive [different]  Kyokusin-kan Kata. The “all-kata” kata. This was my training [one day this week] cause my back [was] wrecked from the weekend (shoveling gravel) and I wanted to stay off the harder training. You might look through to find my mistakes, but you’d get writer’s cramp trying to record them all. I pass a very FEW of these kata, and fail many, many of them. 6’s out of 10 do not pass in my book. 9’s don’t really, and there are no 10’s here. Key point, though, is the path that I’m finally on [i.e. the Kyokushinkan technical committee path!]. I’m optimistic because I see the mistakes, I do this type of training daily, and I have a clear picture of where I’m going. Getting younger this year every day, undoing years of bad habits! (Note the one kata that I completely FAIL, but that I do it a 2nd time correctly. The film only breaks once, and that because my camera memory was full.) Seen here are, in this order: sanchin, naifanchin shodan, kanku, tensho, oshiro no kon, tawada no sai sho, shushiho, juu no kata 1, juu no kata 2, terukawa no tonfa, taikyoku 1, pinan 1, seienchin, ryubi no kon, pinan 2, pinan 3, taikyoku with tonfa, bassai dai, pinan 4, tawada no sai dai (failed), saiha, yantsu, pinan 5, taikyoku with sai, shushi no kon, seipai, tawada no sai dai (again), gekisai sho, geki sai dai, garyu.

Note, above, that there’s no inherent advantage to quantity in kata. Better to master one, than to know 100. On the other hand, there’s nothing wrong with learning many, as long as one’s pursuit of mastery is correct. I happen to know all the kata, because I’ve  been testing every year in Japan for my Shihan license, and Japan keeps asking me to “pleast test again next year.” I.e. the first couple years I tested, I had to re-learn kata every year, like most of us do. Now I know them all in my sleep. This training, above, for the camera, was not rehersed; it was just another day of kata training.

Next, below, we finally get to an instructional video which we shot this morning in our NC Tech Committee training, introducing boken, and, below that, sai:

And finally, here is Part one of the construction video:

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