With the increased popularity of MMA, grappling has become a very hot topic. Even before that there were some over-exaggerated statistics about how many fights actually go to the ground.
One thing has been made clear though – effective grappling is a very useful part of self defense. If that’s the case, was there ever any emphasis on it during karate training?
That’s the question posed in today’s video:
Hope that helps in understanding the overall importance of grappling in karate. As for specific techniques…that will have to be a video for another time.
Check out question 3 – Should Japanese Be Used in the Dojo?
Our first question revolves around a very classic problem in traditional arts – do people actually use kata during sparring?
Part of the inefficient, ritualized stereotype that goes along with traditional arts stems directly from this issue. Furthermore, when watching sparring at any tournament or even online you are likely to see a grand total of zero exchanges that look like kata.
Check out my perspective on the matter:
The cut-to video utilized in the video above is from a previous post entitled Exploring the Value of Nai Hanchi. Check out the full post if you are interested in a more specific study of this kata/application/combat type question.
Hope you enjoyed it, and check out question 2 – What Kind of Grappling Is In Karate?
Let’s do something new and interesting! I’m looking to take 5 questions and answer one per day all next week. This will give you a chance to get a fresh perspective on an issue you’ve been pondering over, and me a chance to address some matters I may not have thought to cover.
The specific subject matter is up to you. It can be related to kobudo, philosophy, training, karate, mindset, the blog…pretty much anything you’ve been wondering about.
Leave your question in the comment section below or toss it up on facebook. I’d like to gather as many as I can so I have a healthy variety to choose from.