Hello ! I am Bruno BANDELIER, the karate teacher of the net, creator of “karate-blog.com”, “karate clear and net” and the “karate 3G method”. In this short video, I would like to give you three tips to progress in karate two to three times faster than most karatekas. So, to begin, I wish you had just enough to take notes. If you can catch right now a sheet of paper, a pen and a pencil. In short, what to take notes because the advice I’m going to give you, I will give you concrete advice to no longer stagnate, remember all the techniques of karate, learn a kata and never forget it again and finally, get your black belt faster. So, to be sure you can apply these tips, the best is to take notes to remember. It’s very important, because even if you do not reread these notes, you have to know that the brain will retain a lot more, just to note as I go. So, I leave you five small seconds to catch up with a pen and a notebook. That’s it, so you can take notes. We are ready! Go, 5,4,3,2,1. Hajime. Let’s go ! Here we go ! First, how to stop stagnating and remember all the techniques of karate? First of all, it must be understood that karate is a complex activity which requires a lot of learning. That’s it, it’s complicated karate. Initially, when we arrive, we are a little lost by all that there is to learn. So, be aware that it’s completely normal to have difficulties. But what to understand, they are not insurmountable and that besides, you are all capable to be black belt. I’ll show you a little further in this video. In fact, karate is like a mountain to climb. Everyone can do it except that you have to go step by step. You have to know how to climb the steps one after the other. That’s it, nothing is useful when you arrive to want to learn all kata, to want to learn all the techniques. No ! We do it one after the other. But a big problem of learning karate, it is forgetting. Indeed, the brain has a big problem. He forgets everything he sees. It’s not complicated, the first thing that the brain will try to do as soon as you learn something, it is: he will sort and he will try to forget to make room. So, sure it’s handy and that avoids having the brain that is completely filled unnecessary things. But when you want to remember something, it’s not easy. This is called the phenomenon of … it’s … In fact, it is the curve of oblivion. Here, I was looking for the name. This is the curve of forgetting. So, concretely, when a beginner leaves a class, very quickly, he will start to forget what he has learned. After about two days, he will have forgotten 80 to 90% of the information. And after a few days, he will have forgotten almost all the information he had learned during the course. So, the important thing, it’s not … That’s why. Finally, the important thing is what I always say: it is not to neglect personal work. It is extremely important. From one session to the next, from Monday to Wednesday for example, we lose a lot of the content we learned with the teacher. The teacher, he teaches you a lot of things. But if you do not try to hold them back, you will forget it. So, if in addition, each session for example, works with a theme, for example, the Monday session is “kumite”. Tuesday’s session is kata. If you do the kata session on Tuesday, for example, or on Wednesday, I do not know. If you wait a week to redo katas, it is quite possible that you have forgotten everything from one session to the next. So that’s why you have to train outside of class and practice as often as possible. Here is some advice to apply now to remember the essentials what you will learn during class. Then, that will allow you, of course, to progress much faster. So when you leave the class, take a break of a few minutes and try to remember everything you just learned. So, you go back. That’s it, you’re rebalancing in your head the whole course in accelerated. You are trying to replay since the warm up and all that. All you have done and the important points. You can even take notes on a notebook as I told you earlier. This allows the brain to … In fact, you will remember much more, just by taking notes. Even if you do not reread your notes later, it does not matter. Even if you write them on a paper and then afterwards, the paper you throw it, it’s not very serious. Then, when you come home, you do the same memorization exercise again. You rework. That’s it, you think for yourself a few minutes. After, you try to work for five minutes, the essential points of the course. If you did, for example, “Mae Geri”. If the course was a course on “Mae Geri”, you will try to remember everything your teacher told you on the explanations and all this: How to make a “Mae Geri”? After, you surely do not remember everything. It does not matter. But, try to remember the essence of what he said and then, do some series of “Mae Geri”. So that your body integrates all this. Then, you will start this memorization exercise again once a day until the next class. You will see that when you come back to the dojo, compared to usual, you will see that you will have retained a lot more information, that you will have even progressed compared to the course before. So, doing this every time, every class will become more and more exciting, because every time you will really this impression of climbing a step. That’s it, each course is going to be a walk extra that will take you to the top of your art. Finally, you will really burst. So, to revise every day at home, of course, you will be able to to do it as I told you, but you can also use my videos. If you do not remember for example … I gave the example of Mae Geri earlier. This may be, for example: Oi Zuki, you did Oi Zuki in class. If you do not remember what the teacher told you, you will be able to watch my video and then help you, tips that I give you in the video Oi Zuki or in the video of Mae Geri or finally, it does not matter. So the second tip that I wanted to give you, this time, will allow you to learn a kata and not forget it anymore. Which will allow you over time to pass your belts faster. So, as we just saw before, our brain forgets very quickly. If we do not make an effort of personal memorization, the brain, from one course to another, he has forgotten everything. So, every time, we must relearn the kata. Even the very first kata, even if it seems simple, do not worry, it’s perfectly normal for a beginner that it takes time to learn it, because whatever the kata, especially when you start, not only you have to learn the kata, but in addition, you have to learn every technique of the kata. We will learn the diagram of the kata, the embusen. But each technique, one after the other will be new to us. So, that’s perfectly normal to put time. It is quite abnormal to find that difficult. While those who have been there for a few months will say, “but no, it’s easy first.” No its normal. That’s it, it’s not easy for a beginner. It is not easy. But what must be understood is that the kata just serves us to work and perfect our techniques. It does not serve anything else, the kata. So, a kata is part of learning. So when I say that it’s part of learning, you must not … It’s not learning kata which is part of kata learning. It’s not just for graduation. What is kata actually is the practice of kata which is part of learning. We must understand the difference. In short, to summarize, to learn a kata does not serve much. Finally, concretely, I mean. There is no point in learning a kata just to learn it. And by the way, learning in itself must be very fast, because once you’ve learned kata, it is that once it is learned, that it will serve you to work your techniques, and to really progress. It’s only after. So how do you remember a kata and forget it? I will give you a method. You will cut your kata into five or six pieces. You will start by learning the last piece. For example, if you do, I do not know me, “Heian Shodan,” The last piece, this is going to be the series of four “Shuto”. That’s it, it’s your last piece. Then you will repeat this last piece every day. And every day, you repeat it until you know by heart and you do not need to think about doing it anymore. That’s the day you arrive and then you say: “Come on, I’m doing the last piece of kata.” Tac, tac and tac. We make the “Shuto” nickel. Its good ! Then you add the previous piece. You put it before. You repeat the two pieces each day one after the other. For example, here, when I used the example of “Heian Shodan”, we will make the last straight line, the U-turn and the “Shuto”. The last straight line, the U-turn and the “Shuto”. And so on. Until we know both pieces by heart, we continue every day.
Until we know both pieces by heart, And so on, we will add each time the piece that precedes until we get to do the kata completely by heart and without thinking. You may be able to put a week, two weeks or three weeks. It does not matter. If you take two or three weeks to know your kata by heart, it will certainly be faster than most people. So, you see, that’s fine. At that moment, so you know your kata, but if you stay there, your brain, he will do as he usually does, he will hasten to forget it. Your brain needs to know that this kata you just learned, it is very important to you and he must not forget it. So for that, it’s very simple. Just make your kata every day for at least 66 days. So, it seems a lot. But in fact, it’s not huge. We do not need to … You do not need a lot of time. There is no need to put in force. Just make your kata complete one, two, even three times a day or more if you want. In fact, it’s the same principle that applies when we do rehabilitation. We will have to repeat a gesture every day for two or three months for the brain and body hold him back. After 66 days, your brain will have printed the kata in long-term memory and you will never forget it again. It will be exactly like riding a bike. Even if afterwards, you are three months without doing your kata, it does not matter. You will not have forgotten it. It will be engraved in your long-term memory. So, of course, I’m not telling you after that, you have to be for months without doing your kata. On the contrary, after, we must continue. That’s where it’s important. It is necessary to continue practicing your kata daily because it is he who will allow you to progress and then evolve progressively towards the following kata. That’s it, to progress in karate, to improve in all karate techniques. So do not think that the first kata, once you know it: “I go to the orange belt and then I do not need the first kata anymore. No ! All kata, we must learn them and work them all the time. Moreover, in the black belt, there are the first five “Heian”, the “Tekki Shodan” to know. So you have to know them and know how to do them. There is no kata that once you do it, you do not do it anymore. Then, especially, what to understand, it does not take much time. to do them every day because if you think well. Do all these “Heian”, it only takes five to seven minutes and no more. A “Heian”, it takes 45 seconds to do it. So, if we count the set up and all that. Well, we’ll count a little over a minute per kata. Five to seven minutes, no more, are enough for you. Just do that and take on your time five to seven minutes every day without really going very fast. But for each time to remember the kata, you will do all your Heian all the time. When you arrive or when you go up, the day you would go through your black belt, you will see that it’s going to be, you’ll be used to doing it. Of course, in the same way as I explained to you earlier, you can help my videos to learn your kata. Then I give lots of advice in the videos. I detail each technique. So, enjoy it. Then learn your kata and progress. But, what I wanted to come the most important thing is that you put it into practice. This is especially important and you have to write on your notebook. The important thing to progress in karate is your personal and regular work. You must not be passive. Do not stay passive. You must become a player in your progress. You must decide yourself to progress and climb the stairs one by one. That’s it, thanks to your personal work at home and at the club. So, to finish, I’d like to give you a little demonstration and show you why you can all be black belts. We often hear about the black belt karate as a culmination, even for some as an inaccessible stage. “Well, I could never be a black belt. How will I do ? ” Because when we get into a club, we find it so difficult, the basic stuff, How do I manage to do what a black belt does? ” So, I would like to reassure you, because it is false. Whatever your current level, you are all capable of getting a black belt. It’s rather reassuring. In addition to that, I will prove it to you. So, contrary to what many people think, the black belt is not a very high stage in the knowledge of karate. On the contrary, it actually corresponds, at the beginning life of a life devoted to karate. First Dan means: first grade. So it’s really the beginning. In fact, to sum up a black belt, it will take four to five years, in general, to get it. About four to five years. But we will continue to do karate. You do not believe that after 10, 15, 30 years of practices, or even more, that the level will be higher? Of course yes. The black belt part, the part to get to the first Dan actually, is a tiny piece compared to all his karate life. Here, the passage of the black belt, for me, it must be at the very beginning of karate practice. That’s why I would like to demystify the sacrosanct black belt of karate. I will prove to you that everyone of you is quite capable by regular work to get it because this black belt is absolutely not inaccessible. Warning ! I do not try to minimize technical qualities at all karatekas black belts, nor the work necessary to obtain this black belt. But just to demystify the image that is sometimes given to the black belt. There you go, many in dreams and it’s true that it takes a lot of work to get it, but you must not see it as a consecration or an end. It’s the opposite, it’s just the beginning. And you are all able to get it. In fact, being a black belt means that we know just about every basic technique. That’s it, all the basic techniques that go then allow us to evolve and progress in karate. To make my demonstration, I will take the example of a child at school that starts to learn writing. At first, he must learn to draw each letter one by one by making lines of “a”. Then he will make lines of “b”. Then lines of “c” and etc. At first, his letters are all wobbly. But as he trains, he will improve. It becomes more and more precise. That’s it, he’ll write better and better. Then by grouping the letters, his school teacher will teach him to form syllables to hear different sounds. Then he will form his first words. Then after a while, he will be able to write his first little sentences and so on. He will learn the subtleties of spelling and conjugation. At the end of the middle class, just before college, the student knows all the common words and he is able to read and write correctly. So, at that moment, his schoolmaster could name it black writing belt. In fact, he knows all the basics of writing. It took about five years to get there pretty much like the black belt. His foundations will allow him, now, to evolve all his life reading, writing, criticizing and learning through writing. In short, its bases will be the essential tools for him, to engrave the steps of his knowledge. So, in karate, it’s exactly the same. After four or five years of practice, we will get a black belt. We will have wrought in fact, his body and acquired the technical baggage to start learning karate, to climb one by one the steps of the knowledge of our art. To conclude my demonstration, I will simply say that if you have been able to learn to write, you are able to get your black belt. So, all this, because the black belt is not the top of karate. It is in fact, the foundations, the base on which karateka must be able to continue his progression all his life. So when I say that she is the base. The black belt is only a beginning, but that’s what I just said too, it is also the foundation of karate. Without foundations, there is no progression possible. That’s why we must not neglect the black belt. And in my opinion, we must try to pass it as soon as possible. Do not stay 10 to 15 years saying to yourself: “I do not wear my black belt …” because in your mind, you have that impression that it’s the end. While not at all, it’s the beginning. So, work and work. Go step by step to climb the ladder and become a black belt. After, continue your work of progression and learning. There you are, you will burst into karate. So, today, in this video, we will resume a little bit. So, we learned how to stop stagnating in karate and how to remember all the techniques you learn. As you learn them, how are they held back. How to learn a kata and not forget it anymore to be able to pass your belts faster. And then to progress in learning your karate. Then you also learned that whatever your current level, you are all capable of getting a black belt. The important thing is to believe it and to do a regular and personal job. I will tell you quickly. Bye !