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One Movement Well...

If you can do one movement well, you can do any movement well.

There are many movements in Karate. But really, the only one that counts is the one you are doing at any given moment. If you can do that movement well, you should be able to do any movement well.

I am serious about this.

If you can perform a punch well, that means that you have learned the body dynamics required to perform the punch. It means that you have broken the punch down into its component elements -- that you have learned how to break down the movement. It means that you can trace the line of power of the movement from the ground, through your body, to your knuckles. It means that you can transfer power, handle the recoil, and use the resulting vibration to initiate the next movement.

If you can do that, you can do the same for any other movement. Usually, about 80 to 90 percent of any movement is the same, when you consider it from the broad view of power generation, execution, delivery, recoil, etc. A punch is not that different than most blocks. Just the ending differs.

You might be thinking that some movements use a forehand or backhand type of koshi. Really, these are not that different either. Most techniques can be used using either, particularly at an advanced stage.

Here is the point. It is very hard to become skilled at all movements at the same time. But if you can concentrate on one or two movements, you will almost certainly become skilled at them. Then it is very easy to apply the same mechanics to all other movements. Really, it is very easy.

My second son worked very hard on learning how to execute a nice shuto. Once he could do that, he applied the same mechnanics to all other movements with great success.

Actually, gedan barai is an easier movement to learn as a base technique because of the natural downward movement. But if you look at it, gedan barai, shuto uke, chudan uke, jodan uke are really the same thing. The end points of the techniques may differ, but the greater part of the movements are the same.

Learn to do one movement well, and you will be able to do any movement well.


Charles C. Goodin