Balance and mobility
Practice moving quickly in stance, using your blocks and strikes,
as in the kata. Make up your own sequences of blocks, counters
and attacks, change angles and directions. Be creative, based
on your level of training. Remember you want to move quickly
with balance so you can maximize your power.
Speed without balance = instability and lack of power
Too much stability, (too low a stance) = poor mobility.
You must strike an even or middle ground. One that allows
quick and agile movement that can be translated quickly into
Start now! - this is a long term study and can not be attained
in a few weeks.
Recognition before reaction
Teach yourself to see (recognize) before you react. This ability
is ageless and will serve you better than your aging reflexes.
True karate is not built on speed or reaction time, but upon
visual perception (recognition). This will lead to mental
perception. Understanding of oneself and your surroundings
will allow to you respond (react) to them effectively. You
are the one that is in control. Do not allow others or situations
to control your response. This is an ability that is continuously
revised, added to and learned. The more you experience in
all fields of endeavor the greater your base of recognition.
Hence the term "an artist of life". Thank you O'sensei
others with your own submission.
"Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues,
but the parent of all others"
Cicero (106 BC - 43 BC)
- submitted by Heather Leong
"The ultimate aim of karate lies not in victory
or defeat but in the perfection of character of its
- submitted by Kristine Knott