Second degree Black Belt staff member Jeff C. leads the adult Karate-do class through a round of Chinto Kata the fifth Kata in the system.
JRRMAS Staff member and 2nd degree Black belt, Mr. Chaisson leads the adult Karate-do class through a round of Wansu Kata last night. Mr. Chaisson started his study with Sifu Roy when he was just a young boy and has been studying, practicing and now teaching consistently, ever since. His many years of practice are evident in the quality of his basics and his poise and demeanor.
Sifu and JRRMAS staff member PR practice a baiting and locking series. The idea is to counter their counter (Tapi Tapi).Lesson 1:Tapi tapi is an excellent platform for skill aquisitiontraining the ‘live hand’ to seak the path
JRRMAS adjunct staff member TS from Potsdam NY gives a presentation on Self-Defense blocking. TS started training with me in 1979 and is one of my senior most Black Belts (4th degree) in the American Karate-Do System, he is also a Black Belt in Modern Arnis. He is currently teaching T’ai Chi Ch’uan, Self-Defense and Aerobic Kick Boxing at the University in Potsdam. With over 30 years of consistent training, TS has a lot to offer. It was wonderful to have him assisting with the youth classes in the morning and participating in the Seminar in the afternoon this past Saturday. I only wish he lived closer!
Sifu and JRRMAS Staff members WF, SK and BL practice lines of basic Stabs (Thrusts) with Broadswords.Lesson 1:Take any single techniquethe more basic the technique is ….the better!Choose your technique wisely…..One, that is a common denominator to the Art or FormThen…..while paying attention to principles and details repeat the single technique in a line or rowamassing as many repetitions as you have the capacity forRemember the idea is develop and refine …..Changing the way you do the technique should happen daily…Because: Mastery is the goal! Lesson 2:To achieve Mastery in Martial Arts…Correct practice is essential!A basic level that is available to everyone is around 10,000 (correct) repetitionsMastery is only available to those with a life long,regular daily practice and is around 36,000 repetitions!Repeating rows of the basic, is the main practice methodRows makes it relatively easy to repeat the basic 100 or more times in one practice sessionThen the secret is to do that practice daily……It’s amazing how quickly the repetitions will amass!
JRRMAS Staff member PH practices Redonda with Brown Belt student AG.Lesson 1:Redonda…..one circle on the same sidetwo circle’s on the opposite sideThe first strike crosses over when going forwardand under when doing the reversetrain both sides simultaneouslyKeep the beats even especially in between side changesand feel the one, two, three…it’s a triplet…..without accents….add in Rompida and AbinicoNow add stance work…forward, backward and to the sidesIt’s all there….study the nature of circles, timing and momentumTruly marvelous practice!
JRRMAS Staff member PR leads a recent class in an application exercise based on the first Stick Form (Anyo).Lesson 1:In order to lead the mind properly during solo practice…it’s imperative that the practitioner is able to visualize the application of the movementPracticing the applications of the forms with a partner is the ‘secret’to higher level solo practice…Visualizating the applications will give the practitioner the correct ‘feeling’ of the solo gesture Lesson 2:”The mind directs, the body follows”
JRRMAS Staff member JK assists Sifu in an explanation of how to correctly practice Joint Lock’s.Lesson 1:These practices can injure your joints if not practiced properly, Always practice with respect for each others range of motion limitations. Injury is guaranteed if you practice to quickly and use too much external muscular force….Instead, concentrate on the exactness of your fulcrum and lever…. and proper body positioning, listening skills and leverage. Speed is good…..up until the point where the slack is taken out of their jointthen you must go slowly giving them time to ‘slap out’Going slowly at the point that the joint lock is ‘activated’ ……will gradually increase the strength and the range of movement in the jointThen instead of injuring the jointsthey are slowly being strengthened and stretched!Sifu
JRRMAS Staff member BL and Sifu practice Part Three of Grand Master T. T. Liang’s T’ai-Chi Dance. Sifu is practicing the issuing side.