The senior squad had a very busy weekend in Sheffield at the AMA International championships. This was one of the biggest competitions many of them had ever been to and they all did really well. Competitor entries for events ranged from 10 to 42, with almost all of the events for the 12-17 age groups having over 30 competitors. Kata events were held on Saturday with lots of the team making the final 6 but no medals this time. A good lesson learnt in what we need to push for. Kumite yesterday included individual sambon and ippon events and teams. The team all fought well, on many occasions our competitors were making the top 8 having won several fights before being beaten in the quarter finals. Well done to all of you who competed for your hard work and great attitude. As always proud to have you representing our club.
Special mention to Katie Dolan for winning a silver in ladies veterans kumite, Emma Baldry and Isabel Bailey for their silver medals in the team event and Edward van Meerkerk and Harry Cronk for their bronze medals in the team event.
Thank you for celebrating your birthday with us Emma Cronk and for supplying the donuts (you know how to make a sensei happy).
Thank you to those of you who kept me freshly supplied with cups of tea and to Zara for letting me steal her chips.
Thank you to my awesome navigator, Jacey, without whom the team would have had no coach. And a final but very large thank you to Mark, Michelle and Katie for helping with the coaching.
On a final note from me, anyone who’s recently heard me saying I’m ready to retire from competitions I’ve come to the conclusion that I was lying. Having to watch and not participate this weekend due to injury was really frustrating! I’ll be back 😉
Congratulations to all the members from Shin Gi Tai Martial Arts Academt who were selected for the Basingstoke and Deane Sports Awards.
Shin Gi Tai had an inspiring evening winning the following categories.
Junior Volunteer of the Year – Jess Muller
Senior Sportsman of the Year – Mark Nevola
Senior Sportswoman of the Year – Lindsey AndrewsProfessional Sports Coach of the Year – Bryan Andrews
Junior Sports Team of The Year – Jessica Muller, Edward van Meerkerk, Zara Hughes-White, Izzie Bailey, Kienan Dolan, Zane Sewell, Harry Cronk, Harry van Meerkerk, Emma Baldry, Samantha Butcher, Georgina Butcher, Edward Andrews and Rebecca Halil
Basingstoke and Deane Sports Club of the Year. –
Congratulations to the following club finalists at the awards
Junior Volunteer of the Year – Harry van Meerkerk
Senior Volunteer of the Year – Paula Clarke
Junior Sportswoman of the Year – Jess Muller, Zara Hughes White, Georgina Butcher, Rebecca Halil.
Junior Sportsman of the Year – Edward van Meerkerk, Harry Cronk, Zane Sewell, Kienan Dolan and Harry van Meerkerk
Lindsey Andrews was also shortlisted by the Basingstoke Gazette for their Sports Personality of the year award.
Rebecca Halil, Mark Nevola and Harry Cronk also were chosen to win a Sport Scholarship to Basingstoke Sports Centre and the Aquadrome.
Well done to all of us, without the hard work and effort of our members and their families, we wouldn’t be were we are today as a club. You make Shin Gi Tai, what is it.
The Basingstoke Gazette featured us several times on their website
Thanks to Basingstoke Voluntary Sports Council for organising the annual awards and in particular Kevin Laing and Sue Hillyard. Thanks also go to Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council for their continued supported and in particular Sue Parker and Amy Sambell.
are two of the most overused words in Karate and usually without a correct understanding of the meaning behind the words.
Some of the best Karate-ka I have ever seen have come from a ballet or dance background. Sure the flexibility that is inherent in good practitioners of these disciplines helps, but that is not the main reason. In Karate we are often told to perform a technique “faster” or “stronger”
These overused soundbites are n’t usually used in the correct context and lead to many of us developing bad habits. So if we look at what they should really mean.
What this should really mean is to accelerate the technique more.
Speed of the technique at impact point is one (note that I say one *) of the reasons why a technique can be effective and will cause damage. So going faster is generally a good idea, but please remember, it is all about the acceleration of that technique to a maximum speed at it’s impact point without any deceleration.
* At a more senior level, other skills are developed which mean that speed is n’t quite as important. Timing and the way the technique is performed become just as useful tools.
Now this is the tough one to look at. We are often told to “use more Kime” or to make the techniques as “Strong” as we can.
Note Kime is defined by Wikipedia as “Kime is a commonly-used Japanese martial arts term. In karate it can mean “power” and/or “focus,” describing the instantaneous tensing at the correct moment during a technique.”
In reality we should be told to relax more not to make a technique stronger.
Often the result of being told stronger / more kime is to make the Karate-ka contort and contract the muscles of the body in all sort of funny shapes in an effort to be strong. All this usually achieves is that the Karate-ka tenses all of their body muscles to take on the western ideals of strength and once this is done, any pretence of speed is lost. Ever tried to walk or even run whilst tensing your muscles? Not easy is it, unless you are happy looking like a robot.
Many instructors translation kime to their students as tension. This is not strictly correct, its really focus at the end of the technique. Now if you buy into the idea that Kime is necessary to make a techniques effective (and I don’t by the way + ) then what you have to achieve or at least initially, for newer students, aim to achieve, is that the technique and whole body is totally relaxed and fluid right until the moment of impact. Then for a micro second, you focus (tense) the whole body but immediately you have to go back to that state of relaxation. If this is done correctly, it also helps the practitioner with the flow and speed of transition between techniques. The most common mistake being made here is that people are too tense for too long, its really not necessary and if you keep doing this you’ll never make it as a competent Karate-ka.
In order to be a competent Karate-ka you must flow between each and every technique, but each and every technique must be effective. Look at some of the Youtube videos of the likes of Asai or Kanazawa, they look and are smooth. A dancer understands this and can make their techniques flow, look at someone doing Tai Chi, they understand this concept, many Karate-ka (exponents of Karate) who have yet to ‘get there’ look at Tai Chi and see something performed slowly and without power and assume that that this means its only for health and is no good for self defence. Nothing could be further from the truth and I’d go as far to say that martial Tai Chi (ie Tai Chi not taught by some new age hippie type on a health trip) is a very good martial art both in terms of the principles it teaches and also the moves you learn. Many Karate-ka would benefit hugely from practising it. I’d also go as far to say that Tai Chi is harder to learn and practise than Karate, due to the softness required.
So to summarise the main messages here. Relaxation is key, from relaxation stems speed and power.
If Tai Chi was easy it would be called Karate ;-). You may not practise Martial Tai Chi, but all the principles in Tai Chi exist in Karate, if its taught and practised well. Karate and Tai Chi are the same fundamentally in what they teach. The biggest difference is that in many schools Karate always is ‘stronger and faster.’ You could say that Tai Chi is the thinking persons martial art as students are training to think for themselves and to be always mindful of what they are doing and how they are doing it.
Why not try some Karate kata at ‘Tai Chi speed’ or do some pushing hands to learn to be more relaxed.
Enjoy your training.
+ I mentioned that I don’t buy into Kime being necessary for effective techniques. What Kime actually does is to stop the flow of a movement right at the moment of impact. It’s a bit of a contradiction don’t you think being told that you have to accelerate faster but then just as you hit the target you have to slow the technique down by using Kime? I know, I’d finished the article but could n’t resist the final curve ball 😎 Have a look at this clip of boxing knockouts. Is there much use of Kime within it?