Hey everyone. It’s that holiday time of year, and with it comes Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Festivus, and Robanukah. In honor of each of these fine occasions, I’d like to wish everyone three holiday wishes.
Wish #1: May you find a small bit of improvement in your art that galvanizes you to continue.
Wish #2: May you balance your martial arts and home life so that each thrives and neither suffers.
Wish #3: May your art bring you happiness and allow you to deliver happiness to those around you.
I like kicking and punching as much as the next person, but that certainly isn’t the only tool you and I should have as martial artists. To optimize our abilities to defend ourselves and others we need a continuum of abilities that are effective at all ranges. An important part of that continuum is joint locking.
In traditional karate we use tuite which has it’s own unique flavor just as jujutsu, aikido, etc. have flavors of their own. Whatever particular style you study, incorporating some form of joint locking is highly recommended.
In order to make joint locking a valid part of your self defense skills, you can’t rely purely on base-level technique walk-throughs. You need to improve your ability to apply locks on the fly and in harmony with striking using “touch reflex”. Touch reflex is a term that describes your immediate ability to know where your opponents body parts are when you make contact with him or he makes contact with you. Furthermore, it describes being able to sense how resistant or distracted your opponent is, thus making the right moment for a joint lock ‘jump out’ at you.
Please check out this video demonstrating how to move your joint lock training from base level to applicable:
It’s critically important to know how to use joint locking in harmony not just with strikes, but with takedowns, trips, kyusho, and any other aspects of your art. Alone each of these elements suffers from vulnerabilities. For example, trying to joint lock a resistant opponent without distracting or injuring him usually results in a muscular struggle as well as adrenaline fueled punches to your head. But when each aspect is used at the proper time with the proper flow the destructive qualities of the whole are significant.
Hey everyone, this is just a quick reminder that Selfless Sensei Nominations will be closing tomorrow (December 15th). After that there will be a voting period for the most inspiring story, followed by the declaration of a winner. If you know an instructor who has helped in their community or acted with charitable compassion please nominate them for consideration!
The winner of this contest receives $1,000 in gear from Karate Depot. I’m very proud to be associated with this particular event as it will truly serve to help an instructor who deserves the same kindness that he/she has shown others.
Qualified nominees should exhibit a spirit of going above and beyond the normal call of duty to assist those around them. Examples include teaching at-risk youths, building community in exceptional ways, and teaching special needs students (but that certainly isn’t the limit of possibilities).
We chose to do this giveaway now to celebrate the holiday spirit and deliver one deserving teacher a gift they will remember!
UPDATE: Voting has begun (nominations closed) and will end on December 22nd. The winner will be revealed the 24th!