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GoPro Camera vs GoPro Camera in Sparring

GoPro Camera vs GoPro Camera in Sparring

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({ google_ad_client: "ca-pub-2659328231231944", enable_page_level_ads: true }); GoPro cameras have revolutionized the ability for just about anyone to capture awesome action videos. They’re small, relatively inexpensive, and deliver high quality results. When you place the camera on someone’s head, you get a first person persoeyon the action. A few years ago, we mounted the original GoPro Hero on a head gear for sparring. Recently though, … Read entire article »

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Targeting and Reflex Drill

Targeting and Reflex Drill

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({ google_ad_client: "ca-pub-2659328231231944", enable_page_level_ads: true }); Plagiarism is the sincerest form of flattery. We stole this drill from seeing it on Mr. Bob White‘s Facebook post a while back. In the drill, someone holds a kicking shield, a second person swings a jump rope in front of the kicking shield, and a third person tries to hit the kicking shield between the swings of … Read entire article »

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Sparring Drills and Balance Drills

Sparring Drills and Balance Drills

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({ google_ad_client: "ca-pub-2659328231231944", enable_page_level_ads: true }); Drills build skills. Beyond talking through the applications of Kenpo and the demonstration of Kenpo, students have to practice. Drills focus on small aspects which can then be built into larger techniques. In class recently we’ve done different sparring drills, like clashes, defense-only, and more traditional matches. We’ve also done balance drills as part of our regular … Read entire article »

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8 Sparring Drills We Do

8 Sparring Drills We Do

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({ google_ad_client: "ca-pub-2659328231231944", enable_page_level_ads: true }); When we spar, the goal is to get better at incorporating our basics and techniques into faster, more intense situations. Freestyle (sparring) is the highest form of martial arts application. Sometime though, we get into the rut of just using our “go to” moves and pounding on each other for 2 or 3 minutes. To break out … Read entire article »

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How Do You Watch Yourself Fight

How Do You Watch Yourself Fight

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({ google_ad_client: "ca-pub-2659328231231944", enable_page_level_ads: true }); In sports to aid in training, it’s a common best practice to watch yourself on video. Athletes and coaches worldwide review video of practices and games to see which areas did well and which can always be improved. If they aren’t already, martial artists should adopt this habit. Historically the viewpoint on the videos is from a third … Read entire article »

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Karate Drills: Mr. Trejo’s Duck the Punch Drill

Karate Drills: Mr. Trejo’s Duck the Punch Drill

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({ google_ad_client: "ca-pub-2659328231231944", enable_page_level_ads: true }); In July 2012, Mr. Frank Trejo taught seminars at my instructor’s school, Disciple Martial Arts, in Edmond, OK. All of his classes were highly engaging and informative. He gave each class and age group different drills to work through. One of them we work frequently in our school focuses on ducking a punch and countering the attack. … Read entire article »

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Kids Karate Sparring March 2013

Kids Karate Sparring March 2013

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({ google_ad_client: "ca-pub-2659328231231944", enable_page_level_ads: true }); March has been a testing season both at our school and also at Disciple Martial Arts in Edmond, OK. All the students testing did fantastic. Below are a few of the sparring videos captured during the exams. (The headgear has been equipped with a GoPro camera.) Allison vs Luke at Bowley Kenpo Karate. Both age 8 and testing … Read entire article »

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What’s a Black Belt Test Like?

What’s a Black Belt Test Like?

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({ google_ad_client: "ca-pub-2659328231231944", enable_page_level_ads: true }); A frequent question from coworkers and friends, what is a karate test like? What’s a black belt test like? Most other hobbies, extracurricular activities, or even passions don’t have a similar evaluation system built in as martial arts does. There is a certain “mystique” to what people believe about karate exams. What follows are stories of my … Read entire article »

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Everyone But Daddy

Everyone But Daddy

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({ google_ad_client: "ca-pub-2659328231231944", enable_page_level_ads: true }); “It takes a village to raise a child” is a common proverb almost everyone has heard. While talking about how it’s a group effort to teach a child the necessary characteristics to be a responsible, well-round adult, it can apply to martial arts training as well. Anyone who teaches karate to, and specifically spars, with their children … Read entire article »

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Our Sparring Class Examples

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({ google_ad_client: "ca-pub-2659328231231944", enable_page_level_ads: true }); Sparring class is an important (and fun) part of our school, and each month we try to have 2 classes independent of the regular curriculum classes. For our school, it usually means one Wednesday evening and one Saturday morning with each about an hour and a half long. A typical class has everyone on the mat doing a 1 or 2 minute warm up round with each other student (kids and adults) focusing on getting loose and making light contact. We go over the goals for the class, which recently have been move in and move out, throwing more than single or double attacks, and zone blocking. After the warm up rounds, … Read entire article »

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