What is the gift you will give yourself today?
When is the best time to attack?
Embu is one of the methods of training we use in Shorinji Kempo. It's very impressive to watch, but also teaches you a lot.
Several of the club’s members attended this year’s Annual Leaders Seminar in Cyprus. We spent six days training hard, but also relaxing well and eating a lot.
Bristol hosted the International Kempo Association annual training seminar last weekend. We trained hard, partied hard, and went home tired but happy.
This book is an excellent introduction to both Western and Eastern anatomy concepts. It is not excessively detailed, but gives a good grounding in both systems.
This is a well thought out article, well worth a read.
This is a guest post written by Justin Ford of Cup of Kick (cupofkick.wordpress.com) a great martial arts blog you might like to check out.
Close your eyes. Now imagine the best student ever: They are always on time. They always take notes.
They absolutely LOVE learning. They ask really thought provoking questions that lead to even more learning. They work hard, in class and outside of class.
Just keep thinking about how amazing they are. Are you ready to teach them?
Oh, but…I forgot to mention something. They have a couple of flaws: They are arrogant and egotistical.
They are always bragging and showing off. They never show respect. Heck, are their lips staying closed together when somebody else is teaching or talking? They tell lies and are hard to trust because of it. They really couldn’t care less about anybody other than themselves.
Not so perfect now…
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I found this book in the library, and I was drawn in by the contents page, which spans large swathes of history and seemed to be quite comprehensive.
The concept of Shu Ha Ri is found in several martial arts. Here is a good explanation of what it means.
In studying, practising and teaching karate, I have come across the concept of Shu Ha Ri a few times. Of course my mind latched right on to it, because it is a neat way to explain vast concepts. Anything that offers an elegant shorthand is basically catnip to the instructor-in-training. Of course, Karate by Jesse has already expanded on this concept, and it is a worthy read indeed. In writing this, I’d like to explore ways to understand Shu-ha-ri, both as a student and instructor. Let’s look at the concept and get down with some metaphors.
Shu – Keep | Obey | Protect
Anyone beginning their martial arts journey would be advised to stick to what their instructor offers. Of course, the value of this depends entirely on the instructor, but it is generally advised that for the first ten years (I know, a long time indeed), the budo…
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The British Shorinji Kempo Federation held a taikai (competition) last Sunday.