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Basic Karate Form Stands Martial Arts World on Ear!

Basic Karate Form New Method for Teaching old Martial Art!

Let’s face it, most basic karate forms are boring, and couldn’t boredom be the reason many people quite the martial arts early on?

With this in the back of my mind, I decided to create a better basic Karate form. Simply, Iwanted my karate class to be…not boring. I wanted a karate kata that would be fun to do, include all the basics, and actually involve the student.

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Does your karate form look like this?

Before we get into the form itself, consider that most forms are simply step and block. Step and punch. A piece of a karate move, and not the whole thing. Thus, in addition to being boring, the forms have little value except for indoctrination into how to learn things rotely when in a mass of people.

Can anybody spell first grade?

How about behavior modification? Both good reasons to leave aside long used methods and find a better way of teaching Karate, and the martial arts.

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Or does it look like this?

In creating the basic form called ‘House’ I elected to use three basics, the low block, the outward middle block, and the high block. Those are easy enough for a beginner to remember, and real enough for simulated fighting.

I then placed these blocks on a line, and put a punch after each of them.

Thus, there is stance change, weight shift, basics, and the idea that you can actually block and then offer a karate punch, or martial arts strike of some kind.

Now, to tell the truth, Chinese Kenpo, as presented by Ed Parker, had a good idea in their short one basic karate kata. Unfortunately, while the idea of facing all four directions was good, it needlessly complicates the basic function of this kenpo form.

So, in line, three blocks, punches right after each of the blocks, and you have something that means something in real fight simulation, and can be learned quickly and easily, and, here’s an important element, can be upgraded into a more difficult version.

Let’s say you start the student on the first step, a low block and strike, and he can’t quite get it. That’s okay. The martial arts are new to him, and he’s confused. Let him be confused, drill him only on that one move until he gets it, then give him the second move.

Then, drill him on the first and second move till he gets it, his own confusion will keep him entertained, and, finally, he can move to the third move.

Thus, the karate student learns the whole form.

Now, want to keep him drilling? Want to make sure he does the form enough to get the deep down meaning of the moves?

Have him drill it in two man kata fashion.

This is just like one step blocking movements done at the beginning of a Karate class, except that it is a two man form, and the reality of the situation, that is to say the form, is being re-inforced with every single punch. More important, it takes no excessive instruction, you just have the student do the basic karate form and feed it punches.

He will have realization within moments concerning how to do this, and he will be off to the races!

The Karate student thinks he has it?

Ask him to go faster.

Ask him to do it without stepping, in place.

Ask him to do it with weapons! The possibilities are endless, and this simple, basic karate form is suddenly opening doors that are refused to students who learn in the same old same old mass education methods.

If you would like see how this kata works for yourself, click on Basic Karate Forms, if you would like to learn an entire karate system taught in this manner, go to Matrix Karate at Monster Martial Arts.

How to Learn Karate the Right Way

A Better Method to Learn Karate the Right Way!

People think that to learn karate has to be hard and long. Actually, you do have to work hard, but if you really want to learn karate, and learn it fast, you have to work smart.

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Learning Martial Arts doesn't have to be hard!

The majority of Classical Karate systems teach Karate through the Heian forms. They were originally called Pinan forms, but Gichin Funakoshi changed them.

These were the forms taught the to Okinawan Imperial Bodyguards. They were also taught to the Japanese Imperial Bodyguards, and to the Korean Bodyguards. These forms really worked to bring out the true spirit of Karate.

The fact is that the forms are filled with karate movements that can be used to disarm samurai. And, they can be worked in this day and age to take out the street thug with the greatest of ease.

Originally, these forms were taught right out of the box. A new bodyguard would start with the first Pinan, and then proceed through the entire five. When the art of Karate was introduced to the school children of Okinawa, however, a more gentle gradietn was needed. It was difficult for the children to remember the moves without a little more work on the basics. The solution was in the forms known as Kebons, or basic forms.

There are varying numbers of Kebons, depending on what art you are studying. Some versions of classical karate have three beginning kata, some have five, and the number, and even the content of these karate kata changes from art to art.

Isn’t it interesting that basics can change? They shouldn’t be able to change, and arts that are taught effectively and lose fewer students tend to stick to a basic set of basic forms.

To move to a later form of Karate, Kenpo Karate, they have one form, and it is taught the same in all Kenpo schools.

With this in mind, I decided that there shoujld only be one basic beginning form in Karate, and I developed the ‘House’ form.

Interestingly, the ‘House’ kata is being picked up by a vast number of schools and styles. Not just Karate, these schools teach House, and they don’t deviate. House is always taught the same, and there is a reason for this: you can’t argue with the simple arrangement and logic of the thing.

What is also interesting is that as students spend a little time on this beginning form, they start extracting advanced techniques out of it. Defenses for two strikes, pressure point strikes, even grab arts, are contained in the simple form that, on the surface, looks like just a better arrangement of basics.

I know some people want to hold to the old, classical karate methods, but if they tried the House Kata they would find a better way of teaching students, a better way of retaining students, and a better way of moving their students into advanced material. House Kata is simply the best method if you want to learn karate the right way.

You can learn more about Mouse Kata and how to learn karate the right way if you pop over to Monster Martial Arts.
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