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Tom Maxwell
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Assume Nothing!
"The explanation requiring the fewest assumptions is most likely to be correct."                                                                                     William of Ockham  So much is assumed in Karate especially when it comes to the subject of k...
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Lost And Found
Research into European Martial arts has a huge amount of support from within its community and rightly so, the work being done and the fascinating results are being fed back into modern practises which in turn are revitalising arts that for a long time have...
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Kata's Richer Heritage
Beyond the endless defences against an oi-tsuki, poorly thrown hook punches and headlocks sold today in various combinations and flow drills it may surprise some that the antique forms have a far richer heritage to offer those willing to dig a little deeper...
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If You Don't Know What You Are Doing, What Are You Doing?
When practising a solo kata knowing the function of the form, ideally what was intended for the movements in the first place is key to knowing how the techniques should be performed. Not all kata have the same function and so the execution of the forms will...
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Just Another thought!
It is a commonly held belief in the Karate world that the original functions of the antique forms (kata inherited from China) are lost and we can't possibly know what they were intended for when they were created. However if a statement is made about kata s...
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The Principle Excuse
What is the principle excuse? it is the commonly taught idea that kata primarily teach principles and that the sequence and technical content are there simply to express these principles instead of a specific underlying function. An example of this would be...
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Just a Thought!
It is worth checking from time to time the huge assumption that all of the antique kata were created by great masters of their day and that each form contains a great reservoir of combative experience. A wide range of forms have made their way to Okinawa fr...
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The Secret of Wing Chun - Part III (Last One I Promise!)
Wing Chun has millions of followers worldwide, with huge support from the film industry it has achieved a cult like status. Wing Chun translates beautifully to the big screen and after seeing Donnie Yen dispatch opponent after opponent its hard to not let t...
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The Secret of Wing Chun - Part II
1. The fantasy  2. The reality 3. A different idea and function
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