Martial Arts Training A Study in Technique

So you’ve been studying the martial arts
for years or maybe just a few months and you’re wanting to figure out how to make
your technique more efficient and effective I think there’s something that
you can use that can help you better understand your technique and I call it
a study and technique. A study in technique does that mean I got into
science Welcome to Shihan’s Dojo I’m Shihan
Marty husband and I’m here today to help you build your martial arts knowledge
and skills or if you’re wanting to learn the martial arts tell you a little more
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we get a new video. The question for the day: What are the operations you use to
study your own technique let us know in the comments so we can have a discussion
about it and maybe learn something from it. There are many ways for a person to
start studying their martial arts techniques and sometimes it’s good to
have a knowledge of several different scientific principles these science deal
mostly with physics and understanding physiology first one of the best things
I think any person can try to read up on or understand is kinesiology one of the
best books I ever read was written by a man named Lester Ingber, it was really a
good kinesiologist even was able to compare with ballet and and tennis for
the martial arts and when he was doing his karate studies for kinesiology it’s
a hard to find book but I would highly recommend it for anyone who wants an
understanding of how to go about studying your techniques and using
kinesiology to do the studies next would be the applied motion in physics it’s
very important for a person to understand the applied motion and the
actions that can be used from physics in the martial arts our bodies are made to
do many different types of things but they always have physical limitations
and only certain types of parameters they can use things like studying body
actions – reactions is very important you need to know the difference between
push, pull, lever action, fulcrum action, leverage in general, and torquing there’s
so many different facets in physics when one begins to apply standard physics to
natural body techniques that’s to say we need to understand the different aspects
of biomechanics and how they are going to be used with this technique this
brings us to a third part which is the body types in physics a lot of people
have a hard time thinking about basic biology and the use of their techniques
but it’s good to make sure you understand how the muscles work one
should be able to trace and understand the actions of the techniques that they
are studying they should be able to pinpoint the muscles or the muscle
groups that are being used for the technique and apply the physics that
they can understand how to build their own muscular strength the breakdown of
the Priviate muscle catalysts plus also understand contraction and expansion of
the body number two is just as important little smaller and understanding but you
need to have a good knowledge or understanding the skeletal system in
some cases you’ll have to define the strength of the bones that support the
skeletal structure and the skeletal groups that are involved with what that
technique is trying to use often you should take your studies to a different
level and see think about the different actions that are going to be applied
against that technique or your body during that time period understanding
what would happen if there was a lever or a fulcrum or something that was being
used on your technique or anything that might disrupt the structure of the
attack or technique or figuring out how it can disrupt the structure or the
action of the technique and knowing the key starting and ending positions of
which the technique begins and ends with the purpose that goes behind each
technique the intention of this is basically to break it down to see where
that technique might be vulnerable the next thing you really want to do is look
into the matter of applying physics in force we will break these down into
eight quick mentioning of the different physical forces that I feel matter when
you’re trying to study the first ones I mean one of the most important to me is
understanding centrifugal force being able to interpret the twisting action or
or its torquing like a pulley system or something like that or whether it’s
pendulum action involved with it and it may be a secondary force by stand-up so
if you’re doing the punching a kick what kind of hip rotation are you applying to
use that technique number two is understanding body contraction this will
come into play with several of these but it’s important to at least have a base
understand about contraction works body contraction can use small or or major
muscle groups that quickly contract and focus that point of energy that you’re
trying to accomplish beyond the normal level of power you also have to
understand muscles pulling as well as squeezing actions that are being
supported by these muscle groups and the difference between the agonistic muscle
and the antagonistic muscles in which one’s going to slow you down and speed
you up at any given point during this study you’ll also be covered a little
bit in another section here in a few moments
number three is called body dropping by dropping uses gravity to help power up
your technique that you’re trying to use in delivering the power into the
technique it can be a primary force that is often incorporated in many many
different styles and/or techniques that you’ve seen this controlling movement
flows can actually be used using a lever action with the foot and a short drop
when the technique is applied number four kind of goes along with it because
we’re going to talk about thrust now in examining thrust you have to understand
where the first part of the technique begins and where it ends so if you’re
starting at the beginning where does your technique begin if you’re like
punching just start with the heel and travel up which is the secondary lever
and possibly another foot or arm locking the mass to the ground since the ground
is immovable now understanding immovability factors it can be used in
other ways too depending on what you’re trying to do but you could not apply
this factors say to a jumping technique unless you’re going to count the action
of gravity which would go back to number three number five of course is speed now
a speed we have to understand the nature of the force that is being used to gain
the speed this will involve understanding the mass of the object or
leg or hand that’s being used and understanding possible combinations that
are being driven to get to that type of a high speed situation this also allows
you to understand the limitations of your techniques and helps you to design
a pattern to alleviate some of its weaknesses by understanding a little
better agonistic antagonistic muscles and how they will slow you down too now
number six is relaxation sometimes I don’t think people really understand
what relaxation is however we have to know how much a muscle can bear and what
muscles are being used for the agonist to get antagonistic muscles if you don’t
study relaxation properly you’ll lose some of your other things such as speed
or power or or different items throughout that because one thing people
don’t understand car trician and I’m not talking about the religious contrition
but the act of grinding and friction and in rubbing that is sometimes done with a
technique this has to be studied in order to know what might slow them down
with this type of action and relaxation you have this will allow you to better
understand your snap which is very important in trying to get your
techniques in without someone controlling grabbing or
trapping or controlling you in some way shape or form
number seven is called body locking it is not the same as body contraction now
some people might think of it body locking is understanding where you must
lock your body say from like your hard do a few inches below your belly button
now this in essence is used because if you study Aikido you can understand the
unbendable arm principles and theories whereby if you squeeze that area most of
your muscles will squeeze in a natural lock position depending of course on the
extension of the arm and where the technique is this type of understanding
brings focus and power to where the point is that you’re trying to end the
technique and transfer the power of it it does rely on the proper muscles
tensing in order to get that lock that you need to be able to properly transfer
the power that you’re trying to derive number eight is basically pendulum
action pendulum action is a movement of back and forth used with body
contraction and body locking and all of that there’s double out with kicks like
roundhouse kicks front kicks somewhat and a side kick but basically the hips
rock back and forth giving your snap power force and a little more speed move
forward with this contraction so that the stomach is primarily used in the
kicks it can be used in punching but sometimes people call that body
vibration pendulum action always moves forward and backward the last thing
we’re going to talk about in this group of studies that you’re going is breaking
down the technique you have to understand the action sets towards all
techniques that might be encountered and and you need to understand the proper
way to facilitate your technique what I mean by this is you have to know the
angles of attack and in order to get around anything coming in safe from the
angles of someone trying to block you variations against that technique that
you’re using proper snapping when it comes in contact with the object that
you’re trying to use it against and finally understanding the opposing
actions now I know this is seemed like a lot of mumbo-jumbo to some of you out
there this is just a brief summary of what it takes to actually break down a
technique study most people at first do not realize that they start doing this
at a beginner level but they tend to forget about it once they think they’ve
learned the technique correctly I have found over the years that many times
when I think my technique is just good and
that there’s always something in it that I need to make it better I’ll be
covering some different techniques and with shorter summaries over the next
year probably with different ideas that I want to share with you and all these
varying techniques will use them through karate jujitsu and other various martial
arts I have worked with these are always made to be improved upon because every
year I find I change my notes even more from the previous year before no like I
said this is just an intro to understand how to be able to do a study of
techniques I also use it in conjunction with my tap system you can find a right
here on this link to bring it into play when I’m trying to work on self-defense
or whether the technique is really effective it’s one of my first videos so
it isn’t as good as some of the later ones that I’ve put out quality wise and
more but remember this is not complete this is basically a summary of what I
look for in a technique I usually create an outline of some type finding common
errors and stuff like that but we’ll cover that in a later video and doing
these a person has to realize their way of understanding so your notes are your
notes and no one else’s now that doesn’t mean you can’t learn or borrow from
somebody else’s ideas or principles and practices however you need to add it to
your own before you can really put it in your own personal notebook
I have many types of notebooks those that I’ve been given things to read and
study those as I’ve studied other people’s techniques and those that I use
in my own common practice you have to realize that if you’re going to be a
true martial artist you have to do that kind of a study in order to become
better and help those if you decide to teach and I hope this has been some help
to you and if you have questions leave them in the comment section below don’t
forget to question of the day what are the operations you use to define or
study your technique leave us a comment down there so we can have a discussion
and possibly learn something and also like us share us with your friends let
them know about science dojo so we can continue to make videos for you guys out
there and I hope to see you again here real soon on Shihan’s Dojo


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