Posts by Noah Legel

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Noah Legel has been training in martial arts since 2006, and holds rank in Shorin-Ryu (Iikyu), Shuri-ryu (Sankyu), and Judo (Gokyu). In addition, he has training in Okinawan kobudo and Japanese Shinkage-Ryu Iaijutsu, and cross-trains with other martial artists whenever possible. He currently runs his own blog, Budo no Kaizen, and is a frequent contributor to the Okinawan Karate-do Institute and offers great insight from the Non-Black Belt perspective.
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The Oblique Kick

Oblique Kick An effective, but relatively obscure technique of traditional Okinawan karate and Chinese martial arts, the oblique kick (also called the shovel kick) is slowly beginning to gain popularity. One would expect this popularity to be in the dojo,…

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Meditate

Meditation

A practice that is common in Eastern cultures, yet largely scoffed at by many in the Western word, is meditation. There are some misconceptions about its practice and what it does that likely lead to the percepion that it is…

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Seiunchin

Sequence Rei Right hand covers left, flip hands over and point toes out in musubi-dachi, yoi Step right foot out to kiba-dachi, morote gedan uke Right Naha-step to 45* kiba-dachi with crossed-hands cover (right on top) Morote gedan seiryuto-uchi over…

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Enpi/Empi Sho

Sequence Rei Yoi (cover, open) Step out to hachiji-dachi, left kazure-te-gatana (left vertical fist, right hand wrapping it) Left foot to right into haisoku-dachi, right te-gatana (right oniken) Step out to left in-line zenkutsu-dachi, right oniken-zuki with nagashi-uke cover Shift…

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Partner Drills

Partner Drills

The Development of Partner Drills Many (although not all) martial arts styles include partner drills in their curriculum, but in some styles of karate the partner drills do not reflect effective karate at all, and this can be detrimental to…

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Kumite and Goshin

Kumite and Goshin

Related but Different Kumite (sparring/fighting) and goshin (self protection) are not the same, but despite this seemingly obvious truth, many people constantly equate effectiveness in one with effectiveness in the other.  In some ways, the two are certainly related to…

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6. Chinto

Sequence Rei Yoi Right foot back to shiko-dachi, right kazure te-uke (backs of fists touching) Left soto shuto-uke (right shote supporting left wrist) Trap, flip hands, left tetsui-uchi right hikite Right foot sweeps to the front, spin 180◦ to shiko-dachi…

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Passai Dai

5b. Passai Dai

Sequence Rei Yoi (left hand holds right fist in front of solar plexus, push out and down to cover groin) Step forward with left foot to inverted neko-ashi-dachi Jump forward to kosa-dachi, right sasae-chudan-uke Pivot to musubi-dachi to the rear…

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Takedowns in Karate

Takedowns in Karate

Karate contains sweeps, throws and other types of takedown techniques within the movements of kata. Many of these are obvious to those who practice grappling arts, but some techniques are disguised within kata due to changes in how they have been performed by various instructors through the generations since the kata was developed.

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Our Exercise/Makiwara/Bag Station

Our Exercise/Makiwara/Bag Station

The equipment that Jason built for us has been working out very well, and I’ve decided to call it the EMB Station. While I was at the dojo today, I decided to take some nicer pictures of it to upload. This is probably the most pictures I’ve ever put into one post, so hopefully people with slow connections don’t have too much trouble!

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Marine Corps Martial Arts Program

Joint Locks in Karate

An introduction to joint locks in Karate. Despite many people referring to Karate as a striking art without any grappling, this is only evidence of the watering down of Karate since it became a popular sport among kids. Karate contains many grappling techniques including joint locks.

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UnrealisticConcepts

“Unrealistic” Concepts in Karate

Traditional martial arts–karate included–often receive criticism for concepts being taught that are seen as unrealistic and poor form by those who do not understand what they are seeing. Chief among these seem to be “chambered” hands (hikite), low stances and the difference between karate sparring and kata.

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5a. Passai Sho

Sequence Rei Yoi (left hand holds right fist in front of solar plexus, push out and down to cover groin) Turn left foot to musubi-dachi Jump forward to kosa-dachi, right sasae-chudan-uke Pivot to left neko-ashi-dachi to the rear, left chudan-uke…

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Juju Undo

Juju Undo

Juju Undo: The Karateka’s Shadowboxing Shadowboxing is a fantastic tool that boxers use to work technique, timing, speed, movement and cardiovascular fitness.  Karateka have the a similar tool called juju undo, which is literally translated as “give-and-receive exercise” or, more…

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The Makiwara

The Makiwara

The makiwara (literally “wrapped straw”) post is an iconic piece of karate training equipment that has a little bit of mystery behind it.  Most often you will hear people talking about using it to toughen their knuckles, but that is…

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Tactical Fighting

Tactical Fighting

Martial artists often like to discuss (and sometimes argue) about whether it is more important to develop control or power.  This argument usually stems from discussing the merits of full-contact sparring versus point sparring, where people will usually claim that…

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