I’ve just arrived here in Calgary, Canada, and gearing up to start a 10-week seminar tour with our annual Gasshuku in Calgary, and visits to Aurora, Georgetown, Courtice, Quebec City, Miami, DC, Fredericton, Albany, Toronto, Newmarket and Vancouver [see full itinerary here http://www.koryu-uchinadi.com/irkrs-seminars/
While the teaching content of the tour has already been established, non-KU stylists [i.e. learners/instructors from other styles not familiar with the nature of KU] who are planning on attending/participating at the gatherings might like to know the following about the distinctive adjunct practices being taught:
Most IRKRS-sanctioned KU seminars are based entirely upon my HAPV-Theory, corresponding 2-Person drills, Kata-based application practices and related historical supporting commentary.
The acronym, “HAPV” stands for the, HABITUAL ACTS of PHYSICAL VIOLENCE. It is the systematized contextual premise, from which non-lethal empty-handed [one-against-one] self-defense practices can be applied to, in a domestic environment [in contrast to the rule-bound sporting arena, multiple/gang-related violent scenarios and or the “battlefield, etc.] See more here http://www.koryu-uchinadi.org/KU_HAPV.pdf
Individual HAPV are identified; its characteristics are described in detail and studied [so that the learner comes to understand its mechanics, the principles that make it work, why it’s dangerous and how it can be effectively negotiated] before being recreated in Futari-geiko/二人稽古 [i.e. 2-person drills ~ see here tinyurl.com/zymx2f3
In 2-person drills, the attacker recreates the HAPV, with passive resistance [i.e. learning speed] while the defender rehearses its corresponding defensive theme. The exercise is continued on until the learner gains familiarity with the practice. This is to say that the learner can now progress to the next level after feeling comfortably proficient: If only in the reenactment process.
In stage number two, the attacker is required to gradually-to-exponentially increase the intensity of the attack until such time that each engagement is virtually equal to the brutality of a real scenario and any/all glitches in defender’s ability to effectively use the defensive template are resolved. In level number three line-drills [i.e. working back and forth with various other partners; e.g. big, small, young, old, male, female, fast, hard, compliant and non-compliant, etc.] are continually used in subsequent training in order to take the learner outside their normal comfort zone.
This is the stage of practice where much discovery is unveiled about, “Murphy’s Law” [Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong], the brutality of physical violence, and the constant variables that surround function and competency. As the learner arrives at a functional understanding the training experience is culminated mnemonically; i.e. saving the defensive theme [for the exampled HAPV] into a solo reenactment practice or ritualized template [Kata/型].
By linking together such ritualized templates into choreographed solo- routines, clearly something greater than the sum total of their individual parts becomes evident … in this light, it is my belief that, “Kata was never meant to teach anything but rather, culminate the lessons already imparted [in 2-person drills].” When the contextual premise is NOT present, or is misunderstood, and/or not supported by functional scenario-based 2-person drills [i.e. the “lost formula”] that Kata becomes something different from what it was originally meant to be.
When learned indiscriminately, this profound time capsule is reduced to little more than a misunderstood cultural recreation. How many times have you learned Kata but remained completely in the dark with regards to its original defensive application? In this regard, I liken Kata to learning a song in a foreign language; an exciting melody to the ears, but without understanding the words in which it is sung its meaning forever remains a mystery. In 1905, French Philosopher, Henri Poincare, wrote: “Science is built upon facts much in the same way that a house is constructed of stone, however, the indiscriminate collection of facts is no more a science than a pile of stones is a house.”
More on Kata http://irkrs.blogspot.com.au/2013/07/cooperating-with-infinite-by-patrick.html
The Template-based Teachings of Koryu Uchinadi
Giving & receiving percussive impact/blunt force trauma [29 techniques]
#2. Tegumi, Kotekitai, Kakie, Ude-Tanren & Muchimi-di
Negotiating the clinch & its variables: [36 techniques]
Joint manipulation, cavity seizing & limb entanglement: [72 techniques]
Chokes/strangles-air/blood deprivation: [36 techniques]
Balance displacement: [55 techniques]
Submission-based ground fighting: [72 techniques]
Escapes & counters: [36 techniques]
A link to the past is your bridge to the future: Koryu Uchinadi's unique system of application practices is a pathway between kata and kumite. Learned correctly, it can enhance the depth and value of any dojo curriculum without adversely affecting its cosmetic appearance or taking anything away from its cultural heritage.
KU can also be learned/imparted as a provocative alternative to conventional methods of physical fitness and stress management. Learning how to respond dispassionately to unwarranted aggression requires self-empowerment. Such training promotes an inner-calm and, where conflict exists, helps restore a natural balance to personal and professional relationships.
The first organization of its kind, the International Ryukyu Karate Research Society has been bringing together like-minded people and building bridges across styles since 1988.
Patrick McCarthy www.koryu-uchinadi.com