Sunday, January 10, 2021

Something to consider when building your own system of kenpo

(a Facebook post from a few months back by Mr. Tatum)

Does another system of kenpo have within its learning cycle, Category competition, reverse, and forward motion of each technique on all planes of motion? 

Does the system have Opposites of every basic and category? 

Are all types of attacks brought into the system from all known angels of attack?

Does each technique carry a major highlighted concept and or the principle with subcategories to support it?

Does the system carry every emotional content with its teachings so the student can develop a moral compass that governs his or her action in response to an attack?

Is the other system built around the eight considerations of combat?

Does the other system teach the rearrangement concept to free the the student to blend with encounters?

Does another system omit techniques that might be of value to another?

Does another system have an alphabet of motion built within the system and a dictionary with a concise description of each word or phrase to describe an action, concept, or principle of motion, by which we can scientifically communicate to each other?

Does another system carry a genetic code within each technique and form that creates a kenpo continuum?

Does another system have a template (Universal Pattern) to sift knowledge through for answers to in-depth questions related to the Art which can also be used as a learning tool for the new student but complex enough for the advanced?

Does another system have all related academics courses so it could be taught at the university level, ie: science,math,geometry,calculus,trigonometry,sociology,psychology, Kinesiology,human physiology?

Could another system be taught at an Associate degree, Bachelors's degree, master's degree, and Ph.D.?

In short, all related subjects are built within Art.

Sunday, December 27, 2020

Lessons I Have Learned Giving Lessons

 (recently posted on Facebook by Mr. Bob White)

1. “Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care.”

2. What you do in practice is what you do in the game

3. Your victories take place in the gym long before you enter the arena

4. The more you sweat in the studio the less you bleed outside

5. The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win

6. The road is greater than the inn

7. There are 3 levels in which you do your forms
1. Memorize
2. Visualize
3. Actualize

8. Your art can be broken into 3 increments
1. Forms + basics
2. Self Defense techniques
3. Sparring

9. Your fight style can be broken down into 3 methods
1. Defense
2. Counters
3. Entry techniques

10. In kicking techniques you have 4 major concerns
1. Protection
2. Balance
3. Weapon
4. Depth

11. Cover your distance with weapons and not targets

12. Don’t let what you can’t do interfere with what you can do

13. Interview the people you train with to get feedback on your progress

14. Using the above mention breakdowns do honest and continual inventories on your skills and your attitude.

15. Embrace the things you do well but actively work on your troubled areas

16. Keep a recorded notebook on your Karate journey

17. Educate yourself by reading books and asking questions

18. Embrace the 4 Laws of Learning
1. Explanation
2. Demonstration
3. Imitation
4. Repetition

19. If it’s not worth dying over it’s not worth fighting over

20. The most dangerous technique we can throw is one that is done half way.

21. The biggest room in the world is the room for improvement

22. Respect is earned. It can’t be demanded or purchased

23. Surround yourself with people that have a real passion for training

24. Remember there is a condition that has kept people in everlasting ignorance and that condition is, “Contempt prior to investigation.”

25. Create a culture of coaching and give back to your school and our community through service work.