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Even More – Karate Drills: Bad Guy Won’t Die

In an earlier post, the karate drill “Bad Guy Won’t Die” was covered. It’s a drill where a student strings together a number of techniques and the same opponent just keeps coming. The drill is regularly utilized at our school and at my instructor’s school, Disciple Martial Arts in Edmond, OK. At our recent school test in July 2013, 3 students performed their Bad Guy Won’t Die. Ben, testing for Junior Brown Belt, and James, testing for adult Blue Belt, each chose ten techniques from the Blue Belt curriculum. Serra, testing for Advanced Junior Brown Belt, chose 10 techniques from the Green Belt curriculum. For this test, the Bad Guy Won’t Die section was done after basics, form work, and the technique line curriculum (hence the reference in the video to James … 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

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. We’ve dubbed it Mr. Trejo’s Duck the Punch drill. (While we don’t know if he created the drill, … Read entire article »

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Kenpo Senior Conference Reflections

Kenpo Senior Conference Reflections

A couple of weekends ago, a group of us drove to Austin, Texas to participate in the first Kenpo Senior Conference. The event had about 80 Kenpoists from all over the world, and it was the best karate weekend we’ve ever been a part of. It was amazing to be among so much energy and desire to perpetuate the Art. There were a variety of classes on Friday night taught by some of the chief lieutenants … Read entire article »

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Karate Drills: Bad Guy Won’t Die

One of the karate drills we like to use, especially for belt and stripe tests, is Bad Guy Won’t Die. In this exercise, students run a series of back-to-back techniques against an opponent who won’t seem to stay down. Usually it’s 5 techniques strung together, though for higher ranks 10 is good too. We’ve found, kids work their techniques better on adults due to being able to hit harder (hitting with intent). In Kenpo karate, students testing for intermediate and advanced belt ranks are often asked to create their own forms built from techniques. These are techniques each student has created. Bad Guy Won’t Die is a good precursor to that concept. While it isn’t technically a form, students begin to see how one technique can flow into another, especially when … Read entire article »

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All Eyes On You

All Eyes On You

By and large, most people don’t like standing in front of a group and speaking. Stage fright, and it’s very normal. To get over this fear really requires jumping in feet first and getting in front of people. Public speaking (or performing) is one of the characteristics of being a good leader. Martial arts, like Kenpo, are a good way to help overcome the fear of speaking in front of (and ultimately leading) large groups. In our … Read entire article »

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Demos and Sparring at Disciple Martial Arts Fall Festival

In early November, a few students of Bowley Kenpo Karate participated in demos at the Disciple Martial Arts Fall Festival.  It’s a great event we are thrilled to support.  Kids and adults did a mix of forms and “Bad Guy Won’t Die” techniques. The night prior to the demo was a belt test for all the junior students. Following are a few videos from the demo. The first video shows all the junior students doing Short Form 2, Long Form 1, Short Form 1, and Linear Short Form 1 choreographed together. In this video, adults as attackers where the kids have to do 5 techniques. The drill is called “Bad Guy Won’t Die” and each student was able to chose their techniques. The next video is the adults doing 5 techniques in “Bad Guy … Read entire article »

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11 Ways to Measure Martial Arts Success

Often in martial arts we can get bogged down in the routine of practice not seeing how far we’ve come. The training, the curriculum, the heat, the homework: progress you make can be forgotten or go unnoticed unless you take the time to appreciate what you’ve done while also setting goals to where you’re going. Success happens in increments, not exclusively in belt color. Think on these eleven ideas for measuring martial arts success through measured … Read entire article »

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Teaching is Protecting

In the Kenpo blue belt pledge, we recite “. . . And will defend with all the skill I possess the weak, the helpless, and the oppressed.” Most may believe the literal definition would mean to fight someone on behalf of a victim. And it certainly could. But if you possess the skill to teach, then you can help defend those in need by teaching them defend themselves. Teaching someone is much harder than doing it … Read entire article »

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