Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Summer Training 2009 addition

Does an hour of Dance Dance Revolution competition against my 10 year old son count as Karate training? OH my Gosh! that involves so much footwork, concentration, and much jumping. We both finished that competition tired, and sweaty. We both weren't too sure who won, but we got a great work out.

Oh.. here is the Kyokushin version of Heian Shodan/ Pyung Ahn Chodan / Pinan Sono Ichi done at my best effort for the amount of ability that I have achieved at this point in my training. I deeply wonder what Shihan Colin will think of my performance, as he has studied this kata in depth:


Lizzie said...

This is another short kata. However, it's much better than the first. Is your hair short? Do you practice bunkai with all of your kata? Do you spar? I mean not point sparring, but the kind which is continuous for like five minutes. What Dan are you in Shotokan? Do you feel confident that you can defend yourself from the average Joe??

supergroup7 said...

Wow! So many questions! I'm happy to answer them as best as I can.

Pinan Sono Ichi is the Kyokushin cousin to Heian Shodan in Shotokan. It is a series of 5 katas originating from Sensei Anko Itosu from Okinawa.

Yes, I have cut my hair for the summer. I used to wear long hair all the time, but found that the pony tail would whip around and smack me in the head when I was spinning quickly during training.

Yes, I practice bunkai, and oyo regularly.

Yes, I do spar. It has been a part of each one of my belt rank tests. Kyokushin sparring is not point sparring. It is continuous, and lasts much longer than 5 minutes.

What Dan am I in Shotokan? This is a complicated question. My last Shotokan Sensei had informed me that he revoked my Shotokan Shodan Black Belt rank. However, I have been recognized, and certified by more than one other Shihan internationally ( A good number of them being Shotokan Sensei). Since it was a Shotokan Master that authorized my Shodan rank, until I achieve Shodan in Kyokushin, I will have either have to claim myself as a Shotokan Black Belt, or as a Mixed Martial Artist Black Belt. Either way, my rank still exists, just not in the organization/Karate Club where I had achieved it.

Karate is about confidence. I feel that with the right attitude, understanding, and motivation, a white belt could defend themselves against an average Joe. As we train, we learn various different ways of self defense, and this is important, but when faced with reality, self defense comes down to our mental ability to see potential danger, and react to it. So to me, your question asks me, do you think that you have the right mental attitude if you had to face an attacker? I can assure you that "yes" I will do what I need to do to make sure that I walk home to my husband, and children that day.

Lizzie said...

Do you spar every in every class? How often do you train in the dojo a week? How long are usually the classes? Do you do any cardio and strength training outside the dojo? What's the difference between bunkai and oyo? I know that my evil Sensei referred to bunkai to bunkai oyo. That's the only time I've heard of it. Why do you personally cross train in two styles of karate? How come you chose Kyokushin? Why not another style or even a completely different art? I know that question isn't kind of fair because it's all about the instructor too and how you fit with him or her. What are the major differences between Kykushin and Shotokan? Have you done any ground fighting?? Thanks for answering all of my questions. :)

supergroup7 said...

Do you spar every in every class?

Sparring happens when Sensei wants it to happen. Sometimes very frequently, sometimes our classes focus on other things.

How often do you train in the dojo a week?

Now, at this current time, 3 times a week.

How long are usually the classes?

I attend more than one class, so I train between 4- 5 hours.

Do you do any cardio and strength training outside the dojo?

Yes, as much as my spare time can allow. It isn't as much as I'd like.

What's the difference between bunkai and oyo?

I could write a novel, but I'll try to bring it down to just this:

Bunkai = dissection Oyo = application.

Why do you personally cross train in two styles of karate?

I don't anymore. I used to Cross train, but for the past 2 years or more I have chosen Kyokushin Karate as my sole Martial Art.

How come you chose Kyokushin? Why not another style or even a completely different art?

I have found that Kyokushin has elements of all of the various concepts contained in other Arts contained within it. Also, the fact that it is a Full Contact Martial Art allows me to understand the reality of all of the movements that I am training with. I know how a Front kick affects not only the body of my opponent, but also how it effects my body as I strike. I also embrace, and live the "Spirit of Osu" that is a main part of Kyokushin. It is that "never say die" attitude that buoys you through the most difficult moments.

What are the major differences between Kykushin and Shotokan?

Although based on the same roots, Kyokushin has a more circular, and consistent method of attack. Shotokan is based on "one strike, one kill" while Kyokushin is more into "Strike, and don't stop striking until the opponent is vanquished". Shotokan is a non-contact style, Kyokushin is Full contact. Many people assume that means that Kyokushin Artists would not have control when working with a partner, but I have found that the opposite is true. Full Contact Martial Artists learn great accurate control with their strikes.

Have you done any ground fighting??

Yes, Kyokushin includes that aspect of training also.

Thanks for answering all of my questions. :)

You are welcome.. Thanks for asking.

Lizzie said...

Hey Supergroup. I asked more questions, but this comment box said that I had too many characters. So, I posted all of it on my blog. However, I could my questions in half here.

Do you wear any special gear when you spar? In my old dojo, we had foam helmets, gloves, and "shoes" to protect us when we spar. Sometimes, we wouldn't use gear. Do you like sparing? Do you use focus mitts and free standing bags as part of your training?

That would be so cool to have four to five hours of training three times a week. However, that would be pretty hard with BJJ because one would get tired. I train for three hours for three days a week.

What does your training consist of? In my old dojo, we would work on basics, kata, stances, transitions to different stances, and bunkai. We had a set number of bunkai for every kata. Does your kata have set number? Is this what your training consist of? Are there different things that you train in too?

What does your ground fighting consist of? I'm assuming that it will look like a MMA style of fight on the ground. That's how my old dojo taught me. With BJJ, there's isn't any striking involved. Do you work on any joint locks and chokes while on the ground or do you just work on striking? Do you work on different positions on the ground like mount, guard, side mount, and the back? Do you practice any takedowns?

How come you chose Kyokushin over Shotokan? It sounds like that Kyokushin is a better style. I'm all for full contact. I disagree with a non contact style. One will develop more control if they are taught to hit a person. Plus, people need to learn how to react from getting hit. They'll either freeze and panic or get angry. Most people will panic if they get rocked. Probably, I'll freeze because I haven't been hit really hard while sparring. I've been hit in the face a couple times.

Which kyu and belt are you in Kyokushin? How long have you been training in this art now? What's your feelings about kata and how it applies in the real world. I know that you love kata. However, there are people out there say that kata is useless. My old Sensei taught me that kata taught how to move the body and do a certain techniques correctly. He said that kata teaches one to over emphasize techniques like pulling into chamber. Then when one has to use it, one can modify it shorten it because the memory is already there. However, one still needs to practice not over emphasizing the real techniques while doing the real thing.

Lizzie said...

What's your feelings about Bunkai and the application of kata? I know that Bunkai teaches one cool applications. However, I don't know if one can use that in real life. It's cool to practice it without resistance and moves in a set way, however what happens if your training partner resists or moves very differently? This is why I love BJJ. We spar all the time with full resistance. We need to learn how to apply the techniques and drills that we did on a non-resistant partner to a partner who's trying to submit too.

I know that in my evil dojo, they didn't apply anything to the real world at all. My old dojo was much better at it. Now I think that BJJ is the best at it because we have to apply to what we have learned. If not, we will get submitted ourselves.

Probably, one could say that BJJ is unrealistic because it doesn't have any strikes and that it teaches one certain positions that will get ones block knocked off in the real world. I don't know how to fully answer that yet, but one can see it worked during the early stages of UFC. I think that it's really beneficial to know how to strike too along with BJJ.

How do you feel about MMA and UFC? I know that there is a lot of people who do MMA think that TMA is a bunch of crap. I know that my current Sensei thinks that BJJ is a better martial art than karate. I sort of agree with him because of the practicality.

I wish I had more knowledge about BJJ compared with my knowledge about Goju-Ryu Karate. My path has just began in BJJ because I've only trained in it for a few months. I've trained in Goju-Ryu for a few years. Right now, I'm a yellow belt. I remember looking at the yellow and orange belts in my old dojo. I remember seeing that their techniques were off or not as fast and fluid. I feel with that way with BJJ now because I don't know much. My Sensei says I need to be more patient. I cannot get frustrated with myself. How did you feel when you started training in Kyokushin?

Can you elaborate more about the differences between Bunkai and Oyo?