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The art of the way N ° 2, all about self defense


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In this second part of the monthly magazine, theArt of the Way, Antoine Thibaut, will explain all the subtleties of self defense...

But before, it will take us into the meanders of history and martial knowledge with:

- The story of Wing Tsun, martial art that is behind the Jeet Kun Do created by Bruce Lee

- Kendo, the art of saber

- Hapkido, martial art quite close to Aikido.


Wing Tsun, the beginning of Bruce Lee:

Often confused with Kung Fu (It's true that it sounds better to our ears ;-), the wing Tsun, is a martial art that comes from China.

Its origins would be about 300 years old and would have been created by a woman, Yim Wing Chun:
Legend has it that after training with a nun from the Shaolin Temple, she allegedly dueled a local lord to whom she refused to marry.

This remains of course a legend. But remember that the Win Chun is fast enough to learn and that

"Its efficiency is based on the economy of movement and the search for flexibility against brute force".

Bruce Lee and Ip Man, excercise of sticky handsWe all know a little about Wing Chun thanks to Bruce Lee who studied it for 5 years before embarking on his own research to create the Jeet Kun Do, an improved Wing Tsun.

But Wing Tsun's boom is also due to Master Ip Man found opposite with Bruce Lee in an exercise of sticky hands.

Wing Tsun - Work with Wooden Mannequin

One of the characteristics of Wing Chun's training is working with the wooden manikin because

"In wing chun we try to be almost always in contact with the forearms of the opponent which allows to feel and predict his movements."

Kendo, Saber's way

In the "Saber Way" section of this issue, Antoine did not look for the complication, since he simply talks about Kendo, which can be translated by:

Kendo the way of the sword
Saber's Way

Le Kendo is a modern martial art with the organization of competitions but it has its origins from a few centuries ago with Kenjutsu (still practiced today).

The Kenjutsu was with the Iaijutsu (the art of unsheathing the sword) and the Battojutsu (the Art of the Cup) one of the 3 disciplines of the sword.

Changes in Kenjutsu in Kendo begin with the reunification of Japan:

It was necessary to channel the warrior spirit of the leaders and it was thus that the spiritual aspect of the martial arts gradually developed or, through practice, the individuals sought beyond efficiency an accomplishment.

Complete equipment of KendokaIn this chapter, Antoine will explain why the sword of Kendoka, called Shinai, is composed of bamboo slats.

He will also show us all the pieces that make up the armor or Bogu Kendoka namely, the Do, the Men, the Tare, the Boken.

It details each element and describes the different targets of the body used in Kendo.

Kendo and competitions:

We will discover here that Kendo is really a martial art compared to fencing. Indeed Antoine explains the rules of competition and you will see that the conditions to get a point are not only the key, but have several criteria, very similar to that of karate elsewhere:

Kiaï, determination, proper posture, vigilance, etc.

Kendo is really a martial art where body and mind are one and we can even add an 3ème element to this duo: The sword:

The spirit, the sword and the body in one: Ki Ken Tai Itchi

Antoine then talks about the limits of Kendo compared to his original big brother, the Kenjutsu.

Go to the cinema

Antoine invites us to the cinema 😉 with the film « After the rain »Takashi Koisumi".

After the rain

Despite a calm pace, the film keeps us in suspense. We find the mentality of feudal Japan after the period of civil war.

I let you contact Antoine for the appointment time

Hapkido, light on a very complete martial art

not to be confused withAikido, even if we find similarities, especially in the name which also means " the path of unified energies«,

Hapkido, very complete martial arttheHapkido It is taught in many bodyguard offices and many corps throughout the world because of its effectiveness.

The principles of Hapkido are the water (Relaxation), The circle (circular motion without opposition) and harmony (unit)

Hapkido is a complete martial art because in addition to the keys for spectacular projections, there are striking techniques including many kicks inspired Taekwondo and ground combat techniques.

Projection of HapkidoAntoine, also explains that the Hapkido also includes an apprenticeship in the handling of weapons such as the short stick, the sword, the knife ... but also the fan, the ruler, the cane and even ... the belt.

The main axis of learning Hapkido is self defense, present in all schools.

There are 3's great Hapkido style, the highly effective hard style, the supple style featuring many breathing exercises and the intermediate style inspired by Aikijutsu and Taekwondo.

Self defense

Self-defenseAntoine will enlighten us here on a subject that concerns all martial artists: self defense.

We all asked ourselves the question:

if I am assaulted, can I use my art
to defend myself without falling under the law?

The answer is not so obvious as we think and Antoine will dissect for us the 122.5 and 122.6 articles of the penal code that define self-defense.

He will study self-defense according to two aspects, its implementation and the consequences that this entails.

You should find many answers to your questions in this chapter which includes no less than 4 detailed pages.

That's it, here ends the presentation of the 2ème number of the Art of the Way, free magazine of Antoine Thibaut.

The art of the way N ° 2 - 1ter coverI let you discover it by yourself by downloading it in pdf format by clicking on the photo opposite.

The other numbers are all downloadable on Masterfight

I wish you a very good reading,

see you soon,

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