Do you practice self defense?
Have you ever taken a specific course of self-defense?
I am speaking first of all to those who have already seen or practiced self-defense sessions. You did not notice anything?
If you read this blog, you probably practice karate.
Do not you think karate and self defense are very similar?
If you've never watched or self-defended, watch videos on the internet and have fun finding techniques you know. You should find a lot.
It annoys me when I hear a karate teacher say:
"Today, we will do self-defense" by implying that it is exceptional and different from the usual karate classes.
It bothers me when, in a karate class, we practice self-defense unrelated to our sport. I find it really unfortunate that a professor does not use karate on this occasion and does not show enough the links between the two practices.
Karate is a method of self-defense.
It is a method of self-defense that includes many techniques that serve to defend themselves.
Use your karate to do self defense. It's done for that.
Let's be precise. What karate techniques to use for self-defense?
In the Katas, you basically have all the self defense techniques.
You have keys, you have projections, you have keystrokes. There is everything.
Look well in the Katas and you will find the same techniques as what you will learn in self defense.
The link between the two practices, it is there.
You will then, perhaps, tell me:
"For self-defense, we only have to look for the techniques in kata and then we work only those"
It's a good start, but it's not enough.
Why do you make Katas, Bunkais, Kihons?
Why do you learn karate?
To master your techniques!
But for these techniques to be effective, you need this "learning" part of the basics.
When you do the Kihons, the Katas, you learn to master:
- your center of gravity
- your placement in space
- the energy you send
When you make applications of your Bunkais and Katas to make self-defense techniques, it's still karate. And karate is the mastery of your actions.
Self-defense is good but ...
By doing only self-defense, you will learn things, but the day you are attacked if you do not control energy, you will be less effective.
I find it unfortunate that Karatekas make a difference between karate and self defense.
Karate is a method of self-defense. That's it above all; it is used to defend oneself with bare hands.
In Karate, the empty hand, it serves to defend itself.
I'm not saying that you should not do specific courses of self-defense.
But when one is Karateka, there must be a link with Karate.
Judokas for example, they make Jujitsu. When they make Jujitsu, it's really to learn to defend themselves. They make the connection with Judo.
A name for a recognized practice:
For us, karatekas, we already have a name for it: "Karate-Jutsu".
But above all, what is needed is that finally, we apply Karate to do self-defense.
We must not separate the two. Karate is a method of defense.
It really serves to defend you.
Here are the friends, I wish you a good day and I await your comments and the story of your experiences in self-defense.
See you soon,
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