Wansu Kata

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.

10 Execises #10

Here is the final installment #10 of 10. Please refer to the “10 Exercises #1” post for some history and comments on these truly marvelous exercises. If you click on the Label “10 Exercises” on the left, all 10 exercises will be grouped together on one page.The 10 Exercises are required material in the American Karate-do (youth and adults), Little Dragons and Bagua Zhang programs. Thank you Master Leung Kay-Chi for sharing them with me all those years ago [Bow].Lesson 1:Learn them, commit them to memory,continue to refine them,then, do them daily…..

American Karate-Do – Self Defense Technique – Def. Ag. single lapel grab

Students LS and SG practice a Self-Defense Technique based on movements from Nihanchi Kata. It’s a defense against a single lapel grab. Lesson 1:After trying to break the holdLS needs to soften the opponent with an angle kick to knee/shinShe then follows up with a back fist/hammer fistThen backs up with a defensive hand positionasses the situation and escapes!

American Karate-Do – Self Defense Technique – The Lever

Studetns LS and SG practice the second Self-Defense Technique, The Lever. Lesson 1:This is an medium escalated version of the leverdefending against single lapel grab with a straight arm. There is a de-escalated version with no counter attack and a more escalated version with multiple counters ending in a take down or throwLesson 2:In a potential Self-Defense situationasses the amount of force you need to defend yourself with the use of force continuum in mind. It’s always better to avoid physical conflict whenever possible and to use the least amount of force necessary to subdue the attacker to allow you enough time to escape.

American Karate-Do – Self Defense Technique – Crash of the Eagle

Students LS and SG practice Crash of the Eagle, a defense against a rear shoulder grab or push. This is first required self-defense technique for rank in the American Karate-Do system in it’s medium ‘escalated’ form with a single back fist/hammer fist counter attack. It’s more escalated form would have multiple counter attacks ending in a take down or throw.Lesson 1:In Crash of the Eagles ‘de-escalated’ form students first learn to step forward, turn quickly to face the attacker and with a descending elbow, break the hold (or regain balance from a push), then, withought countering, but with awareness, simply ……step away from the attacker with your hands up in front of your face, palms out, fingers spread, projecting a peaceful (but secretively defensive) hand position then to look for a means of escape……….then……ESCAPE!Lesson 2:The sole purpose of self-defense is to ESCAPE!

Fight…Flight ….or …..Freeze!

This post is an amazing story about JG, the1st degree Brown Belt Karate-Do student above, who is practicing defensive Hook Kicks against the stretching bar.JG has studied at JRRMAS since he was a very small child. He has just successfully completed his first year at Deerfield Academy. He was also fortunate to get job at DA this summer as a life guard for the DA pool. Now for the ‘amazing’ part; Last week was JG’s second week as a life guard. He was guarding a 6th grade class swimming in the DA pool. All of a sudden he notices a 6th grader sinking below the surface. Much to JG’s amazement the 6th grader was sinking below the surface without struggling at all! Simply sinking below the surface with limbs limp and the boy was taking water into his lungs. In that very instant of recognition…..Without panicking……or freezing….JG leaped into action and saved the boy’s life. Wow….Amazing!I only hope that the years of training at JRRMAS contributed in some small way to JG acting decisively in that moment of crisis. Correct Martial Arts training is not merely designed to kick and punch others in self-defense but is more accurately designed to give the practitioner that little bit extra that one needs in such a crisis situation. JG’s ability to use the Life Guard Training, the confidence in his own abilities to swim and help others, that enabled him to act decisively, instead of freezing or panicking! You never know if the training is going to pay off until push comes to shove. Lesson 1:In Martial Arts it’s moments of crisis…that the training is designed to prepare you for….So that you…Don’t FREEZE!Don’t PANIC!So that you are able to ACT,able to stay CALM, to stay CENTERED and feel STRONG and CAPABLE….. So that you may act immediately and decisively!In a crisis…Yours or someone else’s life may depend upon your ability to…… act!!SifuJG ….All of us at JRRMAS are very proud of you……That SAVE was the ‘real deal’. Bravo from Sifu!!

Youth American Karate-Do, beginners class, practice side kicks to body shields

Well…I had much difficulty posting today…three failed attempts to upload other videos and 4 hours later, I finally got this one to upload…whew!Lesson 1:The Side Kick is a very powerful kick indeed… it uses two joints, the hip and the knee, unfolding, as in rising from a squat!Initially you when you step up, make sure your supporting foot is pivoted!Then, the best method is to……jump in and….. ‘replace the foot’ To advance, drive the rear knee up,while in the air,drive the kicking knee up,simultaneously land with supporting foot pivoted and kicking foot landing on targetThe advance, the landing and the kick…….. all in one beat!Lesson 2:Remember to drive your kicking knee up highthen, kick from your hip, using your gluts to power-up the kick!Your kicking leg should be straight ‘in line’ with your hip and supporting footMuscle lock the knee …do not lock the bones!Be aware of the ‘Line of Power’!Your supporting foots heel and your kicking foots heel and all that is in between form “One Line” Remember, to keep your balance after the kick has landed and return to a well balanced and defend able position with your hands up!