Of Tsuki And Tachi

Discussion in 'Karate' started by Fish Of Doom, Aug 29, 2009.

  1. Fish Of Doom

    Fish Of Doom Will : Mind : Motion Supporter

    new version is up! thanks, cosmic!

    the article has been completely re-written, so i invite everyone to give it a read, even if you read the old version ;).
  2. Fish Of Doom

    Fish Of Doom Will : Mind : Motion Supporter

    note: some of the links are fubar. should fix them someday :p
  3. tommydude2112

    tommydude2112 New Member

    Fish of doom has a point - what would you call it?
  4. Guyin

    Guyin Old Cynic

    Kanazawa was one of my karate heros when I was a teen, saw him demo Unsu in '77 - great picture of him at the start of the post.

    IMO the 'traditional' karate punch, particularly training Gyaku tsuki, is an awful method to teach anyone on how to punch effectively and efficiently. Forget the tradition of perfecting Gyaku tsuki and oi/jun tsuki form and concentrate on the principles of punching and principles on power generation. ie. correct body alignment, connection, compression, rotation and head movement.....

    In my experience none of the above principles seem to be taught in most traditional Karate schools, with the majority concentrating on form over function.

    Straight back, square shoulders, restricted hip rotation, static head, hand on hip are archaic and contradictory when looking for effective and practical results.

    Just my twopenceworth.
  5. RexKwonDo Jones

    RexKwonDo Jones Valued Member

    You are a freaking genius. Though my head is about to explode half way into this :p I need to get some fresh air 'fore I continue.
  6. matveimediaarts

    matveimediaarts Underappreciated genius

    This is great stuff. I will use it as a reference as I continue my training. :)
  7. LemonSloth

    LemonSloth Laugh and grow fat!

    This is magnificently done, thank you very much for taking the time to write this :)
  8. matveimediaarts

    matveimediaarts Underappreciated genius

    This was a great piece. :) However, FWIW, double-jointed folks like yours truly must keep the shoulder engaged while using tsuki, (especially in sparring/combat) lest the shoulder pop out.
  9. Fish Of Doom

    Fish Of Doom Will : Mind : Motion Supporter

    cheers karatesloth :)

    @mat: verily! you're speaking to someone who is the opposite of double jointed and still managed to sublux his left shoulder reaching down to his right foot really fast :p

    still, a bit of shoulder use (it's the muscle activation that matters, not the degree of forwards displacement of the shoulder joint) can let you get a bit of extra oomph when there's a body in the way to stop the tsuki from extending fully, and is something that can be worked with impact training such as makiwara punching, padwork and bagwork.
  10. matveimediaarts

    matveimediaarts Underappreciated genius

    You're exactly right. I learned that the hard way. :bang: After my first few dislocations I talked to my trainer and he taught me about "engaging" the joint, better shoulder positioning, etc. No problems since. :D
  11. Fish Of Doom

    Fish Of Doom Will : Mind : Motion Supporter


    on the plus side though, my injury led me to weight training, so overall it was positive :p
  12. ogreguts

    ogreguts New Member

    Good stuff. Thanks for sharing.

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