Sunday, December 28, 2008
TO: All SKIF-USA Members (High Priority!) The 10th SKIF World Tournament, along with Yudansha Kai training sessions and SKIF dan grading under Kancho Kanazawa, will be held in Athens Greece , from July 21-26, 2009 . Once again, SKIF-USA hopes to send a strong team to the 10th SKIF World Tournament. There is detailed information on the 10th SKIF World Tournament on the SKIF-Japan website, which you can link to from our SKIF-USA website (www.skifusa.com) or by going directly to www.skif.jp.
All the tournament rules and divisions are listed there. Because it is important to have our team roster set as soon as possible, YOU MUST LET US KNOW BY JANUARY 12, 2009, IF YOU OR ANY OF YOUR STUDENTS PLAN TO PARTICIPATE AS MEMBERS OF THE SKIF-USA TEAM. WE NEED THE PARTICIPANTS’ NAMES, ADDRESSES, AGES (dates of birth), DIVISIONS THEY WANT TO COMPETE IN, AND WEIGHT IF THEY WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN A KUMITE WEIGHT DIVISION. YOU MUST RESPOND TO THIS EMAIL VIA EMAIL BY JANUARY 12, 2009 OR YOU AND YOUR STUDENTS MAY NOT BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE SKIF-USA TEAM. The only limitations on the number of participants will be in the 20-39 year old “Senior Divisions.” (See the information on the website for details on this.)
However, we do need to know who is planning to compete in all of the divisions by January 12, 2009. With respect to the 20-39 year old “Senior Divisions,” if we have more competitors who want to compete than positions available, the SKIF-USA Board & Technical Committee will select the team members based on their participation and placement at our SKIF-USA Nationals in Florida, and on their past competition and training records, just as we have done in the past. This is another reason we need to know by January 12, 2009 if you or any of your students plan to be on the team. At this time, I am unsure how much travel planning SKIF-USA will be able to do on behalf of the team but I hope to be able to send you more information on this via email after January 12, 2009. In addition, we will probably hold a team training seminar led by our SKIF-USA Board & Technical Committee members sometime in the spring, and we will send out more information on this in early 2009. Finally, we wish you Happy Holidays, and we look forward to receiving your responses to this email by January 12, 2009.
SKIF-USA General Secretary
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Unlike tournament kumite, match-style kumite does not adhere to any special rules, such as those stipulated in competition regulations. One's conscience dictates the only rules that exist for this type of kumite and, within the framework of these rules, practitioners call on the mental, physical, and technical faculties that they have developed and polished through daily training.
The shiai-kumite of karate-do is characterized by attacks of deadly force that are controlled to stop a mere inch in front of their intended target. Mastering the control of one's body and limbs facilitates the control of one's spirit, which fosters self-discipline and contributes to the building of character. Because there are no formal rules, the threat of serious injury poses a genuine risk. Accordingly, shiai-kumite relies heavily on not only the participants' sense of responsibility, but also on mutual trust.
The true essence of karate-do boils down to how to control a strike that is powerful enough to kill with a single blow by delivering it so that its explosive force culminates at the instant before it reaches its target. This ability can only be achieved through the diligent and steady training of first tanren (training) kumite, followed by kihon (basic) kumite, and then yakusoku (promise) kumite
Saturday, December 13, 2008
In last Wednesday night's class (Nov. 19), we practiced Ten No Kata. I'm going to try to briefly summarize it. A complete description is contained in Gichin Funakoshi's Karate-do Nyumon.
I. Ten No Kata Omote (solo exercises, without a partner).
A. Attacks - starting from shizentai (natural stance), alternating sides of the body, returning to shizentai after each attack.
1. Oi zuki chudan (middle-level lunge punch).
2. Oi zuki jodan (upper-level lunge punch).
3. Gyaku zuki chudan (middle-level reverse punch).
4. Gyaku zuki jodan (upper-level reverse punch).
B. Defensive combinations - also starting from shizentai, alternating sides of the body, stepping back to block, returning to shizentai.
1. Against chudan oi zuki:
a) Gedan barai (down block), chudan gyaku zuki, both in front stance.
b) Uchi ude uke (inside-to-outside forearm block), chudan gyaku zuki, both in front stance.
c) Shuto uke (knife-hand block) in kokutsu dachi (back stance), chudan nukite (middle-level spear hand) in zenkutsu dachi.
2. Against jodan oi zuki:
a) Jodan shuto barai (upper-level knife-hand block) in kokutsu dachi, grabbing the punching arm and pulling it to your hip as you change to zenkutsu dachi, jodan gyaku zuki.
b) Jodan age uke (rising block), chudan gyaku zuki, both in zenkutsu dachi.
c) Jodan uchikomi (bottom-fist block against the outside of the punching arm - looks like an upper-level soto uke, outside-to-inside round block), chudan gyaku zuki.
II. Ten No Kata Ura - done with a partner in the manner of Kihon Ippon Kumite (basic one-step sparring), with the attacker executing either jodan or chudan oi zuki from front stance and the defender using the defenses described above.
Scott Monroe Instructor,
Austin Shotokan Karate
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Beginning from down block position in front stance:
1. Stepping forward into front stance, triple punch, face-stomach-stomach.
2. Stepping backward into front stance, rising block, reverse punch stomach.
3. Stepping forward into front stance, outside round block (soto uke), reverse punch
4. Stepping backward into back stance, inside forearm block (uchi uke), moving front
foot to change to front stance, reverse punch stomach.
5. Stepping forward into back stance, knife-hand block (or strike), front-leg front kick,
moving front foot to change to front stance, reverse spear hand stomach.
6. Hands at sides for kicking (mae geri gamae), rear-leg front kick, leg back.
7. Front-leg front kick face, rear-leg front kick stomach, stepping forward.
8. Move rear foot behind front foot to change to side stance, facing to the rear. Step-
ping across, side snap kick.
9. Turn to face the other way, stepping across, side snap kick with the other leg.
10 Turn to face the other way, stepping across, side thrust kick.
11. Turn to face the other way, stepping across, side thrust kick with the other leg.
12. Turn to face the other way (you should be facing in the opposite direction from
the starting position), change to fighting stance (jiyu gamae). Rear-leg round
kick, stepping forward into front stance, front-hand backfist strike-snap face,
reverse punch stomach