Archive for the ‘Martial Arts’ Category

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Random Update

March 1, 2012

So it’s been a while! I randomly decided to see what was up on this blog. and then i thought it’d be fun to post as i havent done any blogging in a while.

so to get us up to date, all the origional writers have for the most part gone our separate ways. as far as i know we all still train. I’ve started teaching at a new studio, which is tough but it’s the wayof a martial artist to pass on knowledge to the new generation. I took and passed my black-belt examination the summer of 2010 and I am now preparing for my 2nd Dan examination in july. am i nervous? yes! but i have a great master and im trainning hard so, i should be ready in time. in the near term I’m competing in a regional tournament march 10th and it will be my first time sparring as a blackbelt. should be fun!

well hopefully I’ll be posting more in the future, we’ll see. I wish you health and happiness, till next time.

Beveld

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Rolling

June 10, 2009

There are basically only two kinds of rolls that I know of, Gymnastic/Tumbling rolls, and Martial arts/Parkour(they are almost, but not quite the same) rolls.

In tumbling forward rolls, you roll straight forward, going directly over your head and the center of your back. You can’t really aim them in any direction, and they aren’t really useful in any situation where Parkour or martial arts would apply. (I.e they may be an important part of a gymnastics or tumbling routine but they aren’t going to help much the next time you jump off a wall or get into a fight). For backwards rolls, well I can’t really remember how to do them, but their pretty similar to forward rolls.

In Martial arts forward rolls, you roll at an angle going down your arm, over your shoulder, and across your back, so that the least amount of time/force is placed on the spine. You can aim the roll in any forward directional without moving your footing once you know how to do it. (I.e you can roll side ways, diagonal and forwards). It’s all the same roll. Martial arts rolls are meant to be used to dissipate the impact from a fall, or to recover from being knocked over, or to land from being thrown, either in an accident or fight. Back rolls again are similar, although I don’t know them as well, in a back roll you fall backwards and roll across your back and over your shoulder in reverse.

Now keep in mind, I’m just listing the different types of rolls here, not how you should do them. Also, I don’t really know much at all about tumbling rolls, I haven’t taken gymnastics in a while.

Here are some examples of rolls and how to do them.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7b-ykpV … 40&index=0
Martial Arts forward rolls

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ooH61uam … 40&index=1
Same in slow motion

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JuLuLsk6UMQ
Parkour rolls (I’m dubious about his expertise though)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tJAyNxig_A
More parkour rolls, I like this video better.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6I1J0zmE7U
Finally! This video kicks the other two videos asses, reminds me of watching dogens tutorials for the first times, must be the pleasant background music. Watch this to really learn practical Parkour rolls!

Now, I couldn’t actually find any videos of Gymnastic/Tumbling roll, aka a somersault. If you want to see one, just search gymnastics, or tumbling or something on youtube, and watch some videos of the Olympics or some such, you’ll see some rolls somewhere in their floor work.

Yakri~

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Fighting/Sparring part 1

October 28, 2008

so I’ve been training for the nationals and I just thought I’d drop some sparring tips for those martial artists who’re looking to improve their skillz. (as a note: this is generally for kickers in tournament fights. For you peeps who like to punch, I’ll do a post on that soon)

So first, I’ll discuss your stance. The stance I use is your basic back-stance: feet apart facing forward with one foot behind the other. Your back should be straight and the hands up mid level, with one slightly raised to protect your head (fists can be open or closed depending on your preference). The hands are especially important! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten hit because I let my hands drop. So keep them UP!!

okay, next off: attacks. I’ll start by saying that variety is key. Sure, you can defeat an opponent with the basic kicks: round-house, front, side, and back kicks. But that’s no fun. So I suggest kicking off a fight with the basics, then pumpin’ it up with some spinning stuff, and head shots. Something I’ve noticed is that when people get tired, they have a tendency to use only one attack (it’s generally an ax-kick or roundhouse) throughout their entire match. I’ve seen this happen many times; it’s really pathetic to watch and easy to counter. DON’T DO IT!

Some people have asked me: “How do you get conditioned for a fight?”. Well, here are some ideas. Since you need to be throwing kicks almost continually for about 1 1/2 minutes(give/take), you’ll need endurance. Without it you are dead. Seriously, endurance is one of the key abillities a martial artist needs. You need it in sparring, for forms, and some other things but mainly the first two.

So anyways, here’s a couple of things you can do. Two minute drills (you’ll need someone to time you on this, or have an analog clock handy): It’s pretty basic, you take three exercizes (i use push-ups, sprints, and that kind of stuff) and do each for 10 (I do 20) seconds. You continue this for two minutes, every two min is a set. Do two or three sets. You can also increase the time to three minutes if you feel that my time is too short.

The other drill you can do requires a bag; your average puncing bag will do. You’ll also need a timer. So to start off, you have your timer set for thirty sec. , and proceed to throw any kick you want against the bag. You then increase the time to 40 or 45 sec. Then to 50, then one minute. After each round you’ll want to rest for an equal amount of time. After your last round you’ll probably be winded and/or sore so take a rest. This does several things for you 1) you can work on your kick cambinations, 2) it helps your wind 3) It’s a realy good workout.

-Beveld

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Yakri& friends first video

July 9, 2008


Yay, we finally made a video, and I’ll tell you, it was one major pain in the ass to edit this, fing quicktime video format….

Yakri~

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Yakri does a small kicking tutorial

July 5, 2008

Yakri~

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Loop kicks dvd Vlog

July 3, 2008

I think i forgot the mention, the sound track kicks major ass.

Edit: You can learn more about the actual content of the dvd, (other then awesomeness in a can) and but it at http://www.loopkicks-dvd.com/ do it now! Support team loopkicks, and learn how not to break your neck!

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Just an opinion.

March 22, 2008

Many do not realize that the things they see on TV, on the internet, and in movies are not adequate representations, for they only portray the world as accidental and caricaturized. Martial Arts should not be portrayed as glamorous violence and amazing stunts, as those who study them will attest. Upon hearing that I am a Martial Artist, many ask to see flips and stunts, ignoring me when I try to communicate its less flashy but more substantial aspects, such as mental discipline, self-defense, and practice sparring.

Mental discipline is, I think, the most important skill to possess, for it can be of benefit to ones life inside and outside the studio. A disciplined mind will help in one’s job, at school, and in certain situations with friends. Inside the studio, discipline is a key factor for keeping focused on training, and overcoming physical limitations.

Self-defense is a phrase with a few meanings. To most people it means defending oneself physically or verbally against foes. Martial artists however use it more precisely to mean a combination of defensive postures usually leading to the opponent or attacker lying incapacitated on the ground. These self-defense postures are calculated strikes on pressure points all over the body, such as hitting points on the head, neck, arms, torso and, very rarely, on the leg.

Sparring is the most challenging and difficult part of the Martial Arts. It requires the ability to see an opening in your opponent’s defenses and to throw a kick with enough control, power, and speed to exploit the opening before it closes. Additionally, not many people understand the incredible amount of endurance needed to continuously throw kicks, and block the attacks of ones’ opponent for three minutes straight. Virtually continuous training is required for days to be ready to fight in national tournaments and local competitions.

Although we should not criticize the media for their virtually exclusive use of exciting and visually stimulating images that sell, we should however judge them for pretending to be a giver of truth and reality, which they are not. There should, therefore, be attempts to rectify this situation and return the arts to their proper place in the minds of the people.

-Beveld-