Advanced Okinawan Kempo Karate : How To Block in Kempo Karate
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Advanced Okinawan Kempo Karate : How To Block in Kempo Karate

January 24, 2020


We learned how to stand, now lets do some
blocks. In my style, we teach blocks first before we teach you how to punch. This is
because karate is a defensive art. Let’s go back into our training stance, Kiba-dachi.
If you remember, that is your horse stance. You have your knees bent. You have you hands
in chamber ready position and your feet should be pointing straight ahead. They are not going
outward, like this, because then you’re really off-balance. You want to have your feet pointing
straight ahead so that your center of gravity is going straight down into the earth. After
about a minute, you are going to feel it in your legs. The first block, that we teach,
is an upward block or Age-uke, a rising block. Starting with your right hand, you want to
bring it across your center line. Your center line is an imaginary line that cuts you in
half separating your left from your right side of your body. From here, you just want
your arm to rise straight up. You want it to stop slightly above your eye. You should
still be able to see your arm in your field of vision when looking straight ahead. It
should be slightly angled. This way if someone is coming down with a downward chop and you
block it then it will slide off. If you have your arm too straight up and down, the force
of the strike is going to come down right over your bone and possibly break it, unless
you have really big arms. Why risk doing that, when you can use angular momentum to deflect
it. The big question is why I am holding my hand way back here. I’ve got myself completely
open. The traditional meaning behind this is that no one would fight with one hand out
and one hand back knowing that they are completely open. If your opponent is punching and he
throws a punch, you deflect it. As you grab it, you pull them in. With the upward block,
like if you come down, not only just blocking here but another meaning behind this is that
if you just do a punch, any kind of punch; you come like this and you break it. The movements
are the same. If I kept going, with my hand in the back, my opponents arm would be broken
in half along the bone. Just twist and ______ and you feel that too. You know, there is
a lot of grappling that is contained in these basic blocks. So that was the upward block.

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  1. rising blocks- too slow to be used against punches, maybe practical for catching an overhead strike with a pipe if you can get close enough to contact the wrist not the pipe other than that, totally useless in real fights.

  2. I have to laugh at all the so called black belts here. The upper block is great for a street fight, but not this way. Most people are taught wrong. What he is calling the block is actually the strike after the block. A proper block of any sort has got a "checkblock" that is the actual block. Traditional arts were created at a time when if you one of you died, so yes traditional arts are very effective. Study your kata there are death strikes from day 1.

  3. That is what I was saying about the checkblock and strike. The checkblock is your initial reaction when you throw up a hand just to keep from getting hit. What most people ar taught is a block is really a strike. Think about the movements that are happening, study your kata, and take it to the street. This stuff is very effective, not as this guy is showing. Do not limit your mindset to what your instructor tells you is right. Open your mind to history an think about why the warriors did it.

  4. Ken Po is the Okinawan translation, and Kem Po is the Japanese translation for the Chinese Chuan Fa.

    They are one in the same, just different branches.

  5. @44excalibur You say "dismantle", others would say reformulated and streamlined the useful moves into a working street fighting system based on scientific principles and logic. So yea, no more 100 different spinning jump kicks to the head.

  6. @44excalibur Criticisms from people who don't know the design behind the system. You certainly can't see it on the commercial school level, which is what you are describing.
    Techniques aren't complicated, they are sophisticated; there's a difference. The self defense models are easily taken apart and you practice the individual concepts, principles, and moves contained in them.
    If after people learn the techniques they are still using static partners, well they are doing it wrong.

  7. @Pecherin72 But you can certainly take what looks like a basic block and sophisticate it's motion and change it's definition. Then it would become an advanced move, if you didn't teach it that way initially. It's usually too much information for a beginner to take it, showing him how an upward block can strike someone 3 times with forward/reverse motion.
    The upward block in this vid is 1 dimensional, so it will always be a 'basic' block.

  8. @44excalibur Do you really think, that anywhere in Parker's system, there are actually 'slaps' to the opponent?
    Have you ever ran across the term elastic recoil or rebounding?
    It's in Chinese systems, I know. We've had kung fu practitioners walk in casually off the street and display their skills most impressively. They also "slapped".
    Search "Paul Mills" on YouTube to see kenpo 'slapping' from a current kenpoist.

  9. @44excalibur And here I thought we were having a discussion, and then you get bent out of shape and sling the insult. That and obscenities are what people typically resort to when on the losing end of a debate.
    Btw, the Tracys are flat out liars – bitter they were cut out of Ed's circle. Their online smear campaign against him started after the old man died – that should tell you something. And why is it there aren't any vids of the Tracys in motion online, unlike Ed?
    /Discussion.

  10. He's techniques are sound and he is also right that Ryukyuan Te did have grappling in it.Jodan uke is not just a block but also a strike. Kime no Okinawa no Karate no waza ii to omoimasu. Thank you for the clip. Osu.

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