growe wrote:Attended a two day course with Dave Hazard Sensei this weekend covering one-on-one kumite, Enpi kata (with application of course) and conflict against multiple opponents. Throughout the two days I had this thread in mind having followed it for some time i.e. can karate/Shotokan be an effective self-defence system?
At the end of one session (I think Enpi) Sensei made a fantastic point - that all martial arts can be found in Shotokan, you just have to look for them and this is why all the katas were devloped to give you all the different tools required for different situations. Sensei repeatedly made the point that Enpi is a fast flowing kata represented by the swallow's flight which makes it good for the smaller defender against a bigger more powerful opponent - hit and move rather than try to go against their strength which is greater. He compared it to Sochin which suits the situation where you are more powerful than your opponent so so want to build your strength and over power them.
Throughout the sessions it reinforced my belief that Shotokan is an effective self-defence tool if used in the right way. Sensei took us from basic range to kumite range to 'in your face' range still with the same combinations. It was still Shotokan but not with long stances and closed fists, it was Shotokan with stood-up stances and lots of knees, open hand and elbow strikes!
Steve Hyland has made the point many times that karate/Shotokan is effective when taught that way but that it took practical reality situations he found himself in to either refine what he knew or to learn what he needed. For me the course this weekend (as with all the courses I have attended with Sensei Hazard) showed again that it's all there in Shotokan for us (if you want that side of things out of your karate) if you are prepared to look for it or look for the right people to show you.
And if you're just doing karate for fitness and health Sensei said pilates is better!!!!!
Tom O'Brien wrote:Shotokan is a great style. Anyone proficient in it should be able to defend themselves in a street fight.
growe wrote:He made us get as physical as possible with each other and to try and get the mindest with it.
First of all we should try to ask ourselves: Why/What for I am practicing (planning to start) karate-do?
If we can honestly reply to this question just for ourselves we would probably be able to find a fast reply to the first one.
Of course sensei, dojo etc. matters but first of all we decide if this or that place or style of Budo is of our interest. So, we define what we learn. Even deeper - even inside the same dojo students are learning different things. Each of us comes with his own idea of what the true karate should teach us.
So, this question has million answers. Each of them will be correct coz it applies to a particular person.
Each of us comes with his own idea of what the true karate should teach us.
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