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The Kumite Technique I Never Expected and Which Blew Me Away

I was learning how to freestyle at the Kang Duk Won in San Jose some forty years ago, and I was having a  ball. Hit and kick, takedown, wowzer dowzer! And that was when I learned a nasty, little Kumite Technique that really floored me. Check out the video, and then I’ll tell you about it.

Suddenly, the instructor, Bob Babich, stepped in and faced me. The class gathered around to watch the instruction.

“You’ve been forgetting something,” Bob said. Then he leaped in, grabbed my belt and pulled, and punched me in the face.

What?  You can grab the belt? But, that’s…that’s not…”

He grinned.

We’re trained to see the belt as sacred, the ultimate goal. He thought of it as a tool to order the class, and something to use when beating people up.

Well, that’s the way it goes, you learn something new every day, and…he grabbed my belt! Waa!

And that was the Kumite Technique which really floored me. Broke my belief system, it did. Try it, and it works for you, then check out the old Kang Duk Won at Monster Martial Arts. It’s on the Evolution of an Art page.