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8 Sparring Drills We Do

8 Sparring Drills We Do

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 of that, we will utilize some of these drills in sparring class to focus on targeting, timing, stamina, … 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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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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Karate Drills: The Technique Line

Karate Drills: The Technique Line

One the best ways to see how someone is as a martial artist is to watch how they move. Are they in control of their body? Are they controlling their opponent’s body? Do the movements and control seem to flow naturally? Skills such as these take time to develop. And one of the best drills to develop these traits is the technique line. For technique lines, karate students line up in single file. (Multiple lines if … 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 »

Filed under: Belt Promotion, Sparring

5 Karate Drills to Practice at Home

5 Karate Drills to Practice at Home

As with any skill you wish to develop, especially a martial arts skill, you have to put in the practice time. Class time is for instruction, new material, partner drills, and some review. The majority of practice repetitions should be done outside of class though. Two things are important when training at home: what you are practicing and making sure to vary it up. These ideas go hand-in-hand as there is a lot to learn, … Read entire article »

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