CHINKUCHI: OKINAWAN KARATE POWER (Kettlebell Exercise) – Jesse Enkamp
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CHINKUCHI: OKINAWAN KARATE POWER (Kettlebell Exercise) – Jesse Enkamp

December 17, 2019

Do you want more power in your karate
techniques? Then you should really understand the concept of “chinkuchi”, an ancient old Okinawan principle of explosive power generation. Check it out. All right, so chinkuchi the word itself, Chinku… let me see… c-h-i, “chinkuchi” is actually a concept, or a principle from Okinawa, the birthplace of karate, which is why it is not a Japanese word. It’s the Okinawan language – which a lot of people don’t even speak today.
It’s called “Uchinaa-guchi” and a lot of people think that chinkuchi is the same
as “kime”. Kime is a very popular concept in modern karate. But it couldn’t
be more different. In fact it is not the same. Let me just quickly explain the
difference, before I show you how to develop and cultivate your chinkuchi,
your explosive power. Kime, refers to a quick contraction at the end of your technique “BOOM” when you stop a move. But chinkuchi is the opposite. It is an
expansion “SWOOSH” at the end of your moves. Meaning; relaxation is the key. Not
contraction, not muscular effort. And so, let me just quickly show you how you
could do a push-up with kime and chin kuchi, look. I’ll do it on my knees, okay?
So, a push-up with kime would be this. Just lock out your arms. But a push-up with chinkuchi would be… Expanding. Shooting yourself away. And that’s basically the difference. Because you got to understand that kime is a physical expression of
the ultimate goal of modern karate, which is self perfection. But chinkuchi is
self-protection – because that was the original goal of old-school karate of Okinawa. Now let me explain and show an awesome exercise for how you can develop
your chinkuchi. Follow me. All right. To practice chinkuchi I want
to show you one of my favorite exercises with the kettlebell. A kettlebell is
basically a… a cannonball with a handle that you can find in any gym these days. And so you do this: you grab the kettlebell in this type of disco pump
position, and then just put it right there and let it rest. Now,
I want you to act as if you’re gonna throw it away. But don’t actually throw
it, because you’re gonna trash the dojo. You gotta keep the grip intact. Look: That way. You let the weight actually pull your arm to expand your technique. And
when you then apply that, in your punches or strikes, you would produce a shock
wave. What the Okinawans call “atifa”. Let me show that again. Other hand. This way. The idea is that you almost
act as if you’re about to sneeze. This way. It’s an instant released – release – of
stored energy. And that in its essence, is chinkuchi. And that’s it for today’s video. I hope this helps you understand what
the old-school Okinawan principle of chinkuchi is, how it relates to kime,
and how you can cultivate it using the kettlebell exercise. Obviously, the very best way to develop your chinkuchi is to actually punch things. Because it’s
about impact so you could have a makiwara – the wooden striking board, or
some type of focus pads or even a heavy bag to make your chinkuchi even more
powerful. Train hard, good luck and have fun.

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  1. Nice video Jesse – I always love your "behind the scenes knowledge" about the origins of karate, from Okinawa o/
    Cool to hear there´s a difference! Selfprotection/Perfection of yourself and so on. Really cool!

  2. Usually train with 16kg or higher kettlebells… if I do this with them will I see my arm flying across the dojo still attached to the kettlebell???

  3. Hi Jessie, upload a video explaining how to train in tight spaces! That would be extremely helpful to a lot of people, since not everyday your in a dojo-like space.

  4. What a great video! I can't wait to start practicing this new drill. Chinkuchi seems to me like it is the Okinawan expression of Kung-fu's Fa Jin…well at least my understanding of Fa Jin.

  5. Excellent video I have been looking for a way to get the sneeze – startle reflex for ages I thought karate had ( LOST IT ) and only found in Chinese arts , could you please do a post on HEAD MOVEMENT FOR POWER IN KARATE IF Possible . THANKS Keep UP THE GOOD WORK EXCELLENT

  6. came from training just an hour ago and after this video I want to train again to try this out ^^ 😀
    nice video as always Jesse 😉 🙂
    any tips how to train / try out the chinkuchi principle on kicks except target and heavybag training?

  7. sir you have just mentioned self-protection, the old school karate goal. Could this be also the reason why in Okinawan karate they also put into real practice in their training developing extended knuckles, finger strike? In Shotokan karate do they really trained actually developing their fingers, to become strong for impact and also their extended knuckles? I think while these are parts of their technique, they mostly practice close fist punching and none in developing their extended knuckle and finger striking strength.

  8. Would there be any other good exercises anyone knows of for this? I've got no access to that equipment unfortunately.

  9. Please more of that traditional okinawan karate videos. Its verz interesting for me, cause my karate stile is ONLY about it.

  10. Yessss….. the Okinawans had it down. Real kinetic power. Plyometrics and energy placement. Love this one Jesse Sensei. Totally awesome.

  11. wow this gave me a new concept I also misunderstood it with kime thanks for it and nice hairstyle please keep it only

  12. Jess how are you? Tks for the excelents tubes and research about karate. This one was fantastic with the difference of kime and chincunchi. But…this exercicse with ktb can hurt the joins? Or there are some type os repetitions that you suggests? Thanks and grettings from South Brazil! Oss

  13. Great Video! I can really relate to the terms you said like "atipa" (not sure if the spelling is correct) since I've been practicing okinawan karate. Chinkuchi means to flow where "atipa" comes in, while kime is focused power. Thanks and keep making videos for the karate community!

  14. But sensei jesse this kind of exercise will make over extension right? So giving this much power for the punch will effect our elbow right?

  15. I did this kind of stuff when I trained in China to learn the roots of goju, white crane. This principle is one of the key components of Sanzhan their sanchin.

  16. osu! a video about ibuki would be great, how to do it the right way and maybe some techniques to practise. I often see karatekas doing ibuki just with their throat and are getting hoarse. thanx for your videos

  17. I don't think that kime is just the contraction at the end of the movement. I don't remember where I heard this or read this but kime is considered as a way of decision. Meaning that it's more a spiritual state. Certainly there is something to see with the word itself. In any case, nice video as usual Jesse san

  18. In Chinese martial arts this is called fajin (or fajing). You must be supple/relaxed but not limp. Power is released without telegraphing or loading if done correctly. The whole body strikes goes into this.

  19. Interesting – you essentially described the "scared" power or shock power of our Bamboo Forest Southern Praying Mantis boxing.

  20. Jesse you did a great job of explaining a concept unique to Okinawan karate!! I am a black belt in Isshinryu karate and was taught the principle back in 1974.It us easier to demonstrate than to explain!! You did a great job doing both! By the way thanks for being the karate need.You always have good insights and explanations of your studies.

  21. This is pretty awesome. I'll have to add something like this to my training regimen. By the way, how about a video on self Karate training. For those who wish to learn Karate, but there are no schools anywear near them. I know it would not be the best training, but it would be better than no training.

  22. I am really surprised to find that Okinawan Karate was such a profound martial art. This video broadens my horizons.

  23. Thank you for great explanation! For a very long time I was puzzled feeling there is something missing (or rather wrong) in a way modern karate teaches strikes with hard kime. I lacks fluidity. In fact when I watched old clips of Gichin Funakoshi perfroming kata, I had impression he is not moving the way they teach today. His technique seems very powerful (as old man) but without this excessive tension we observe today. I never before heard about chinkuchi but you made me clear what I was looking for!

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