As martial artists we practice self defense on a personal level. We work hard to avoid, diffuse and occasionally definitively deal with threats to our personal security. Martial arts are a practice of life preservation techniques.
We know that being aware of whats going on around us, being aware of potential threats, is a vital part of self defense – more important than any technique or skill.
On a global level we also have to recognise threats. One important one is global climate change. There appears to be widespread consensus in the scientific community that the climate is changing, and that the changes are likely to have far reaching consequences. We need to take action.
One small action is to reduce our energy consumption. Earth Hour is an annual event where people around the world show their commitment to reducing consumption by switching off all lights.
Life protection means protecting our life on a personal and a global level. Visit the Earth Hour website and calculate your footprint. Its quite astonishing to see the impact we have, and great to see that there are simple steps we can take to reduce our footprint.
This website will be blacked out for one hour during Earth Hour in Sydney, Australia. From 8.30pm tonight, you’ll get an Earth Hour page instead, showing our support for Earth Hour. This is achieved using BraveNewCode’s Earth Hour WordPress plugin.
Back in 1993, when I was living and training in Japan, I had the opportunity to attend the International Budo University’s 5th International Seminar on Budo Culture. One of the masters present was Master Hirokazu Kanazawa, head of the Shotokan Karate International Federation . A talented and dynamic karateka, Kanazawa Sensei was the perfect ambassador for Japanese karate to this international group.
A couple of weeks after the seminar, Kanazawa sensei invited me to his dojo in Tokyo where I conducted an interview for the magazine Australasian Fighting Arts. As this magazine is now sadly no more, I have posted the interview here on Essential Karate News for reference.
Iain Abernethy Sensei recently released Issue 6 of the excellent Jissen magazine. Meaning “actual combat”, each issue of Jissen features a number of articles that discuss applied martial arts.
You can download the current issue and archives of Jissen Magazine directly from the Essential Karate News site, or you can visit Jissen directly
Issue 6 of Jissen features:
Contents: Martial Arts Scepticism: The Pornography of Reality-Based Self Defence – Never Give Up – Bouncer – How to Win a Bar Fight – Karate’s Holy Grail – Whiter Shade of Pale – Anatomy of Back Stance – Flow in Modern Karate – Oh S*it! Taking Chudan Uke to the next level – Stav – Karate Jutsu – Bunkai and the Horseman – The Innocent Walking Stick – Dave Turton Interview – Styles: Are They Killing Karate? – Transitional Aspects of Karate (Part 2) – Contact in Training (Part 2)
Contributors: Jamie Clubb – Lawrence Kane – Geoff Thompson – Rev. Art Chenevey – Michael Rosenbaum – Dave Turton – Andi Kidd – Chris Littlefair – Nikolaj Fænø Skarbye – Eric Parsons – Tony Brush – Kris Mansfield – Ron Briens – Ernest Tuff – Michael Rosenbaum – Iain Abernethy – Chris Denwood – John Titchen
How to download: Right click on the cover image and then select “save target as” (some times “save page as”). Then choose where you wish to save the file (normally the “desk top”) and download it.
Volume 15 provides detailed instruction in McCarthy sensei’s two person drill that comprises the most representative receiving techniques (uke waza, also known as blocking techniques) found in karate.
Based on the premise that most attacks are “received” in predictable targets of the body, this extensive drill develops the ability to receive common attacks and setup for counter attacking.
Although I’ve yet to personally view the video, I did have the opportunity a couple of years ago to learn this drill from McCarthy Sensei. Knowing that this is an excellent drill, coupled with my experience of the excellent production values of the previous volumes, I have no doubt that this will be an excellent DVD. I look forward to receiving a copy soon.
I plan to review this DVD in detail in an upcoming issue of the Essential Karate Newsletter.
Mario McKenna Sensei (interviewed in Episode 12 of The Applied Karate Show) has released the first English language translation of Genwa Nakasone’s An Overview of Karatedo. Regarded as one of the most comprehensive texts on karate published during the golden age of karate, the Japanese version of this book has long been a primary research tool for many historians and authors examining the history of Okinawan / Japanese karate.
Available in hardcover, softcover and ebook formats, An Overview of Karatedo, is a valuable resource for all karateka interested in learning more about the origins of our art.
Issue 2 contains a variety of great reading for the martial artist interested in the pragmatic aspects of their arts, penned by a range of wonderful authors including Iain Abernethy, Lawrence Kane, Kris Wilder (guest on episode 3 of the Applied Karate Show), John Titchen, Chris Denwood, Jamie Clubb, Dan Redmond and many more.
I highly recommend Jissen magazine, and as a free download, its got to represent the best value in martial arts media.