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Many senior karateka, particularly those who are noticing the effects of age, express the desire to explore its "softer" side. Karate is, after all, meant to combine both "go" (hard) and "ju" (soft) techniques.
In this video, prominent traditional martial arts researcher Dan Djurdjevic uses his 35 year background in both karate and the 3 "internal" or "soft" arts of China (taijiquan, baguazhang and xingyiquan) to explore the "softer" side to karate.
While some would prefer to imagine this "softer" side as some form of paranormal or supernatural skill, Dan reveals it to be something better: something concrete that can be learned; a tool that can be acquired and utilised.
Fighting in way that is "internal" or "soft" is really just another reference to "fighting smart": finding efficiency and economy in your own movement and learning to utilise your opponent's force against him or her.
And while the three internal arts of China do indeed contain principles that allow you to "fight smart", Dan reveals that you don't have to go beyond karate to acquire and utilise the same principles.
So in this video Dan covers such topics as:
Hand and foot timing to generate full body momentum.
Grounding/rooting and its link to kata like sanchin and naihanchi.
How to avoid over-extension in counters so as to maintain control in a melee.
In so doing, Dan uses as examples kata templates from both major traditions of karate: the Shuri/Tomari te school (Pinan Nidan and Naihanchi) and the Naha te school (Sanchin, Suparinpei and Geki sai dai ni) to construct functional exercises, drills and forms to teach these softer methods and explore their application in karate as a civilian defence method.
For a preview video see: https://youtu.be/WkQA0qKvzdQ
The follow-on video to this is "Bridging Hard and Soft Vol. 1: Fundamentals" which introduces specific Chinese techniques not found in karate but which are very "karate-like" and further "bridge" the gap to a softer approach. See https://www.createspace.com/850001069.
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Pros: the concepts presented here would be of value to any hard style (karate/TKD/ etc.) stylist who has only experienced the kick/block/punch paradigm that unfortunately is 90% of what is taught. The fluidity of motion, preservation of momentum, translation of body weight, are principles that are embedded in advanced hard styles are aptly described and demonstrated here. they should be of concern to any serious martial artist. play them and practice over and over
Cons: while i can appreciate the complexity and cost of production. some of the shots are done outside with a great amount of wind noise, or inside his school while others are practicing and talking in the background. i would have preferred a presentation without some of these distractions.
i don't wish the above to turn experienced martial artists from purchasing this video, as they are the ones who would benefit the most from it.