Apr 24 2009

What keeps you uninjured

Published by at 7:01 pm under Training at Home

In short doing what I say, and not doing what you feel in too much.

Let me explain, I will teach you skills you need to train in class and I will teach you techniques which you are able to preform and receive with your skill level.  I will also give instructions on how “hard” to train.  When I say slow down, it’s probably best to slow down.

So if you hear my voice raised ever, you have probably been doing something very wrong for a long time.  If I tell you to stop, I would suggest highly that you do that.  I will not have injuries in my classes on account of carelessness.  Next person to step out of line during a class I will deal with you on the spot.  I will not produce a dangerous nobody.

You have been warned.  Your life is on the line, train well.

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3 Responses to “What keeps you uninjured”

  1. BRon 24 Apr 2009 at 8:30 pm

    Hey Anton,

    Glad to see your post on my page as well.

    As I have tried to explain in a previous reply to a previous post of yours, basically this art is dangerous enough without people doing stupid shit to accelerate the possibility of getting injured.

    The proper training pace is crucial. You can’t train slow-as-molasses, so slow you can count the hairs on the back of your uke’s punching hand’s fingers, nor at Looney-Tunes-cartoon-Tasmanian-devil-speed either.

    Where I train it’s always harped on that the uke should be doing his best to deliver the BEST POSSIBLE (and arguably the most realistic) ATTACKS POSSIBLE!

    One piece of advice personally given to me is that for example, if as uke you are called to punch your teacher or partner in the face, you should “pretend” that you have Velcro on the end of your fist and your partner/teacher’s face or chin or whatever has the other corresponding piece of Velcro and “make it stick” with your attack.

    It was a new wrinkle on attacking properly and whenever I get in a rut as uke, it works for me.

    Whether anyone out there realizes it, uke is learning how to attack in the “technique” and learning simultaneously how to survive.

    This is not mere regurgitation of my teacher’s teachings and wisdom, rather it is also what I have grown more accustomed to doing and feeling during the training.
    Again, that doesn’t mean you should be training really fast or really retardedly slow, because you can’t learn anything either way and there’s no realism nor dynamism in the training at that point.

    Hope that helps any/everyone who may read this blog post and comment.

    Sorry Anton, I’m off the soapbox now, I can’t stand to see people at seminars or Japan, regardless of rank, train either like they have cement boots and gloves on, or move like UFC fighters or WWF animals.

    I’m not immune to this either, rather these are my observations and musings.



  2. Brianon 26 Apr 2009 at 10:42 pm

    Wouldnt pretending as if you have “Velcro” on the end of your fist promote tracking?
    Just a thought…..

  3. Somebody who knows (maybe)on 01 May 2009 at 5:11 pm

    Velcro only has adhesive properties at the moment of contact.

    Magnets on the other hand…;)

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