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Kids Karate Sparring March 2013

Kids Karate Sparring March 2013

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 for their 2nd purple stripe on this evening. Serra sparring with some of the students at Disciple Martial Arts … Read entire article »

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My Green Belt Test

My Green Belt Test

My daughter, Serra, age 13 has been doing Kenpo with me since she just turning 10. Serra learns in our school, helps teach the kids class, and has trained (and sparred) with most of the black belts in Mr. Duffy’s American Kenpo Federation. She’s worked hard and has developed into her own martial artist. Back in November 2011, she tested for her Junior Green Belt under Mr. Damian Wilson. For a school paper this year, … Read entire article »

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Karate Drill: Defending the Line

For each Kenpo karate belt and/or stripe test in our AKF organization, there is sparring involved. Usually it’s the last part of the test and lasts 45 minutes to an hour. The opening sparring portion is traditionally one-on-one matches with the goal being to see good movement, use of the basics, and solid technique incorporation. The last portion is designed to raise it up a notch and find the top end point for each person. The method used most often right now, especially for the kids, is the drill Defending the Line. The person being tested has a point on the mat they need to defend, usually it’s a piece of tape: The Line. On the other end of the mat are 4 or 5 other students. One at a time, … Read entire article »

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Keep your hands up

In the video below, I’m sparring with Mr. Tony Kelser while visiting Disciple Martial Arts in Edmond, OK. At about the halfway point in the video, I take a clean shot to the nose. My hands were down. Give Mr. Kelser all the credit though, he rightfully took advantage of the situation. Hopefully a punch to the nose, in a safe, training environment, will serve as a good reminder to keep your hands up. In martial arts, especially Kenpo Karate, you are taught to keep the front hand high, near the face with the elbow anchored near the chest. The rear hand is covering the heart or midsection in anticipation of use. Your hand placement in this fashion is called your guard. The closer an opponent is, the higher up the … Read entire article »

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Sparring Multiple Attackers – Videos

Sparring with multiple opponents is a drill you begin to practice further down your path as a martial artist. Ideally, you should first be comfortable with your skill to defend yourself one-on-one before moving to two-on-one and three-on-one. When you’re ready though, these drills provide a huge adrenaline rush. Remember though, this type of fighting is a drill. In a fight-or-flight scenario, fighting multiple opponents is almost always a no-win situation. The longer you engage multiple attackers, the larger the likelihood of getting injured. Your goal is to survive long enough to flee. When the opening is available to escape, take it. Some of the items we work on when we practice this type of sparring: Keep moving. Try not to get backed into a corner or trapped between attackers. Grab an opponent … 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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Sparring Videos while at Disciple Martial Arts

On Saturday, September 3, 2011, a group of Bowley Kenpo Karate students participated with Disciple Martial Arts students in adult and kids sparring.  Here are some of the videos of those sparring matches.  More can be found on the Videos Page. One of the goals was to incorporate some of the sparring drills we’d been practicing into faster application.  We will also use these videos to break down how we performed and what needs to be improved upon. 2-on-1 Sparring with Mr. Wilson, Mr. Kelser, and Sam Bowley A collection of Serra’s sparring matches. Sam Bowley sparring with Mr. Joyce Mr. Damian Wilson sparring with Mr. Chris Mettler If you enjoyed this post, please help spread the word by sharing it with your network or commenting below. Sam Bowley McKinney, TX Recommend on Facebook Share on google plus … Read entire article »

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The Kenpo is strong with this one

Story time. In the fall of 1990 I started my sophomore year of high school. It was my second year living in the town of Celina and while I made friends, that year I would make many who would become lifelong. One afternoon in the workout gym, I was approached by a football player (jock?) who said he’d heard I knew karate. With constant pressure from him, I gave in to his requests to show him something. I asked him to attack me with a regular punch. Then did Five Swords. So began my career in sales and my friendship with Mr. Damian Wilson. He was sold and told me if Kenpo was all like that, then he wanted to learn it. Not having been in a formal martial arts class since we … Read entire article »

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Raw Emotion

Raw Emotion

A couple of weekends ago I tested to move up the belt ranks to 2nd degree brown. The test was attached to a seminar weekend at Disciple Martial Arts and had guest instructors and other Kenpoists onsite to watch. The curriculum portion of the test was one night and sparring the next, after a day of seminars. The technique and forms portion of the test was fine with the exception of developing dehydration cramps at … Read entire article »

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