Tuesday, April 14, 2009

OOooo.. WOW!!!!! Now THAT"S a Roundhouse KICK!!!!

Wow.. Wow! WOW!!! I remember my Sensei telling me that all one needs to do is to watch a Master in Karate, and you will learn by their movement how it should be done. This video is all in Japanese, but I understood what the Master was saying just from watching the movements.

Look how close Kagawa sensei, 8th dan, JKS world technical director is to his opponent when he is doing his Jodan Mawashi Geri. HOLY!!!!! AND did you see him do the kick hitting the back of his opponent's head. I never would have thought that was possible, but just LOOK at him do it as easily as dishing out a piece of pie. I could watch this video all day long, and still marvel at it.

Now I can understand why it is so emphasized ( in some arts) to bring the knee around to the outside when executing a roundhouse kick. It will allow you to be closer to your opponent and still strike the Jodan target. If you bring your kicking knee to the front, the opponent's body gets in the way.

Quickly, watch this video before it is removed from youtube.. I'm saying this because it seems that all of the good videos are taken away far too soon.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

April 9th.. and struggling

How am I?

Both up and down.

Work: struggling, seeking balance.

Karate: struggling, seeking balance mentally/physically/spiritually

Home: struggling, seeking balance and peace

My daughter cut herself trying to open a can, and I spent 3 hours in a hospital waiting room so that she could get 6 stitches. It was a boring moment, and yet a deeply bonding one for us.

We've had a flu/cold run through the house, and each day is a guessing game as to who is going to stay home to take care of whom.

I have so many desires within me to improve on various aspects of my training, but I have to select what is most important as I have such limited free time at this point in my life.

My computer time has dwindled to 12 minutes once every 2 or 3 days. Even as I type, I look at the clock and realize that it is time to go to work.

Sorry.. that's as big a posting as it will get today.

Take care.