What skill/technique are you learning right now?

Discussion in 'General Martial Arts Discussion' started by Nachi, Oct 6, 2021.

  1. Flying Crane

    Flying Crane Well-Known Member

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  2. Nachi

    Nachi Valued Member Supporter

    Going back to basics always seems to be a good idea! I hope your hip(s?) can cope :(

    Oh, up to the stability all of that sounds exactly like what I was told by my teacher to learn (or work on)! (But haven't, at least not yet.) It sounds pretty good to work on the minor, but complex body mechanics step by step like that. Although pretty hard as well, I imagine. Can you see improvements in your technique?

    Wow, what are you designing? :)
  3. Nachi

    Nachi Valued Member Supporter

    I just came back from Taiji classes. In the last one we learned a move Fall into Split. It wasn't new, I learned it previously and now I heard the explanation from both teachers at our school. Neither can do the hard form of this move, probably, but both wanted me to try, thinking I might have a chance. Just by hearing the explanation, however, I knew I didn't. But I tried nontheless, the result as expected. Even if by doing the utmost I could probably get into that position (sit down), maybe, there's no way to get up. I think my calf isn't flexible enough or my butt is too heavy, but I can't push my center of gravity forward enough, which seems to be the greatest obstacle in getting up.
    Still, I am somewhat itching to learn it. I do have very negative thoughts about this and honestly think it quite impossible for me to learn. Aaradia called this A.N.T.S, right? :D (I could see plenty other barriers, except for the mental one here, though.) Still, I think I will give it a few tries here and there. If anyone has any tips on learning this, I am all ears.

    The move (at 10:15):
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    Flying Crane Well-Known Member

    I Have a collection of silver animal-inspired pendants that I created and cast. Ive sold them on Etsy for years, but slowly. Lately I’m trying to re-invigorate my little business and have also started selling at local farmers markets and art fairies. I created the originals and worked with a factory for the reproductions. Now I can do the reproductions myself.
  5. Aegis

    Aegis River Guardian Admin Supporter

    Irish. I got bored and decided on a new challenge.
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  6. jmf552

    jmf552 Member

    In Muay Thai, I am working on cut kicks this week. Hard to do right, but stunningly effective, both in competition and on the street. These are a variation on the well-known Thai low leg kick, but the kick comes up a ways and then angles down into the opponent's thigh. The key is your hips, and mine need a bit more mobility.
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  7. axelb

    axelb Master of Office Chair Fu

    I suppose it is like drill work with a compliant partner.
    Do it enough and you know the moves, it does help against people less experienced or about equal experience. Once applying in sparring you get the feel of resistance, there is still a lot I could get to know, but it is a good start, and certainly i believe it pays off a lot more than if I sat on my bum.
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  8. Phil Lewis

    Phil Lewis Member

    Having been away from karate and similar arts for more than two decades, my primary focus now, and probably for months to come, is flexibility and kicking technique.

    Yoko geri keagi is not too bad, and just about waist height, but kekomi is knee height if I want to do it right.

    Mawashi geri is also just about knee height, and isn’t even good.

    I’m hopefully working to 6th kyu as my first grade (due to previous experience), so need to get the kekomi good. Then I’ll have to increase focus on mawashi geri in prep for eventual 5th kyu.

    It was all so much easier when I was 40 years younger
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  9. Tom bayley

    Tom bayley Valued Member

    It is hard to say as I have only just gone hands on after the covid break in the last week. I have not done any sparring so cant say anything about that. For bag/pad work i feel that i am getting more power for less effort. I definitely have more control over the entirety of a punch. I have improved control of were the acceleration band occurs at all ranges between short power and long power. i feel that i am getting a greater acceleration into the target - more punch less push. in locking I feel a good connection to the floor and to body weight. I dont apply short power to partners in locking for safety reasons but I know that it is there should I ever want to do some damage.
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  10. Tom bayley

    Tom bayley Valued Member

    I have lost my long time students to job relocation, marriage, babies, and covid. I have re-opened but it i difficult to get of the ground. when students come in one at a time they find that they are the only person in the class and it puts them off. I would welcome any suggestions as to how to get past this first bump in the road.
  11. Tom bayley

    Tom bayley Valued Member

    I did have a new student last week. We were doing fundamentals to punching and I said something which resonated with this thread.

    ' In twenty years time you won't be bothered with the stuff you will have learnt in five or six years time, but you will still be working on this.'
  12. aaradia

    aaradia Choy Li Fut and Yang Tai Chi Chuan Student Moderator Supporter

    Tom, I would suggest you make that it's own thread? It might get lost here, but it is worthy of it's own discussion IMO.
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  13. aaradia

    aaradia Choy Li Fut and Yang Tai Chi Chuan Student Moderator Supporter

    Another thing I am working on is breaking a bad habit I developed of taking little extra "cheating" steps. Right now this is in my forms, but I also do it in sparring. Which of course, telegraphs my movements. :(. In my lesson last night, my CLF instructor talked about how we are going to work on economy of motion overall when we get back to sparring.

    Sort of fits into Tom's discussion, which made me think of mentioning it here.

    Also, I am learning a new weapon, the Kwan Dao in TCC. And I will be learning it in a two person form next level in my CLF. They always say that long weapons all have the same basics, that is why the staff is so important as a foundational weapon. But the weight distribution of the Kwan Dao makes the same moves feel very different.
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  14. Nachi

    Nachi Valued Member Supporter

    Good luck with working on the flexibility, I hope you'll be able to improve with some effort :)

    I see. But even if youve achieved more power with less effort when working with the bag, that is a great result. I think learning things that help achieve this is very useful as it can improve one's ability overall :)

    Ah, yes, this has been a difficult year. Our dojo lost many members as well, though it began even a bit before covid. We're back to about 40 members now. I am not sure where sensei put ads etc. but it payed off.
    I can imagine how being the only student in class can put one off. On one hand, having a class 1 on 1 is great, but would most likely be intimidating for a beginner looking for group classes. :(

    Ah, habits like these aren't easy to get rid of, though with putting mind to it, I hope you'll be able to sort it out quickly :)

    I didn't know the chinese name of this weapon, but a couple of students of our school learned it this year as well so I saw a form with it quite a few times lately. It is a beautiful weapon! Well, to be honest I'd probably say this about all the weapons I'd seen, but still :D How many weapons do you already know? I remember you mentioning quite a few. And with all those forms in your school...
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  15. aaradia

    aaradia Choy Li Fut and Yang Tai Chi Chuan Student Moderator Supporter

    I had no idea Japanese arts had a Kwan Dao!

    Hmm, what I have learned something in so far................

    Both CLF and TCC:
    Stick/ flute
    Gim (but mostly in TCC so far)

    CLF only:
    Butterfly knives
    3 section Staff
    Double Daggers

    TCC only:
    Kwan Dao/ Pu Dao (form I learned can use either Kwan or Pu Dao interchangeably)
    Double Gim
    Double sticks
    Double Fans

    I would say that obviously, some of these are not practical weapons for modern use. By their nature and by the fact that on some of these, we know applications, but do not spar or drill with a partner. So, for example, Kwan Dao's and three section staffs are cool and fun, but I don't consider myself able to really fight with them. Which if fine, because other things taught at my school are more practical. And I am not someone who's primary concern is "the streetz"
  16. Nachi

    Nachi Valued Member Supporter

    No, I meant Kwan Dao in Taiji :)
    Nice, there's a lot!
    I think it's to be expected these weapons won't be used for the streets, haha. Learning martial arts for self-defence isn't the only universal motivation, though, right? Who would learn these for self-defence?
  17. aaradia

    aaradia Choy Li Fut and Yang Tai Chi Chuan Student Moderator Supporter

    Oh yeah, got it. I did run into some Chen style Kwan Dao forms while googling. (I was trying to find the form I learned, no such luck.)

    Personally, I doubt the 3 section staff was ever really used as a practical weapon - ever. Just too hard to use properly and way too easy to hit yourself with it. Why bother when learning a sword was way more efficient? It's super fun though. I don't doubt it was used for exhibitions and play in the past.

    What weapons have you learned so far? I always think of karate as mostly hand forms, but I am not sure that is accurate.
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  18. Nachi

    Nachi Valued Member Supporter

    Haha, I do not know much about the three section staff, so I wouldn't be able to tell, but what you say makes sense... On the other hand if someone could be really proficient with, it may be a surprise weapon for their opponent and therefore hard to deal with?

    Yes, I know there are karate styles with weapons, but I do not know how that came to be, since "Kara" "Te" is supposed to mean "Empty" "hand"... We have no weapons in the karate I am learning. However, Kobudo is a closely related art with traditional Okinawan weapons. I have a friend who holds a fourth dan in Kobudo and I he taught us a little bit a few years ago, most of which I have unfortunately forgotten by now, but I am always thinking of trying to review - I have notes and videos.
    We learned a staff (bo) kata and a few techniques and two person drills with sai (I really like those as weapons) and very quickly learned also a nunchaku kata at one seminar, of which I remember hardly anything at all. I know a lot of people are very attracted to nunchaku, but I am not really that enthusiastic about it. I just keep hitting my head :D.

    Now I am learning a spear/staff form in Taiji. I know about half of the form now, but I am not practicing much and I can't do it well at all...
    My teacher mentioned that since I just finished learning the steps of the whole empty handed form in Taiji, while I should spend some time polishing it now, the next form I could lern could possibly be a sword. I never thought about it before, but since he mentioned it, I am really looking forward to it. But it will also depend on how the teacher would see it later and how the classes will be set in the next year.
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  19. Simon

    Simon Administrator Admin Supporter MAP 2017 Koyo Award

    I'm really working the double hip, especially in my boxing and close quarter strikes, such as slaps.

    The hip load is really evident in this video.

  20. aaradia

    aaradia Choy Li Fut and Yang Tai Chi Chuan Student Moderator Supporter

    The clip with Hannibal makes me think of my current hand form I am learning in TCC. It is a form my GM created and it's focus is on palm strikes. It's called the Yin-Yang five element palm form.

    I really like the clip, except I respectfully disagree with the "mystical palm position" dig he made. I think a Tiger claw can be a very practical position in particular. In CLF, a tiger palm strike would often be striking with the palm and THEN forming the claw to dig into oh say a thumb in the eye, and grabbing the side of the head.
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