Archive for May, 2011

May 21 2011

Dedication to Abi Allen

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At the Canadian Tai Kai I went over something which to me is very important.  So important that I have decided to share it with everyone whom can read this blog.  So Please bear with me and thank you for reading.

In 2001 I had the privilege of meeting Abi Allen, a fine martial artist whom had a lasting effect on me and my taijutsu.  Abi is the first person to ever make me say, “she is a good martial artist” as opposed to “she is a good martial artist for a woman”.  The skill and reality which Abi brought to training is something that I will appreciate and try to emulate for the rest of my life.  If you find this praise a bit over the top for me, I apologize but I do feel that strongly about her and her skill that my words are not enough to let you know the respect that I had and still have for what she taught me.

To give a brief description of what she taught me 10 years ago which I felt obliged to pass on it was three basic methods of generating power from the koshi sanppo.  For those whom are not so familiar with the names of techniques, that is ichimonji no kata, jumonji no kata and hitcho no kata.  Abi explained them as rotational power in ichimonji, transitional power in jumonji no kata and vertical power in hitcho no kata.  I don’t know that I can explain the concepts better in writing that I can in video so I will leave it up to you for now to ask me for the information when you see me next.  I am sorry but sometimes that’s just the way things go.

I miss you Abi, I will practise well.

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May 19 2011

Canadian Tai Kai #4 – The Arrival

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Finally I am back in Toronto.  No posts for a while an I apologize for that but now I am inspired and will do my best to keep you with a healthy dose of Anton Budo know-how.  Sat and had a talk with Craig Olson, got a sneak peak at Sensei’s new book and spent some more time thinking about what I can show everyone here.  Also what they have to show me.  I know it will be a good time so if you happen to be in the greater Toronto area this weekend please stop by and say hello.  Or better yet train because we all have a great deal to learn through these opportunities to share.

Your life is on the line, practise well!

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