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by Richard Conceicao Basic Blocking In order to understand the proper application of what we call “blocks” a distinction has to be made for each one having a separate defensive and offensive application. While discussion of the different applications will be resumed...read more
by Richard Conceicao Cat stance A stance while not commonly used as much in modern-day karate still maintains its importance in self-defense situations. As with all stances described it must be understood that these are transitional states, they are not meant to be...read more
by Richard Conceicao Now that we have discussed structural basics common to all stances, but begin to examine each one in slightly more depth. FRONT STANCE The proper way to structure your front stance is as follows: The feet should be shoulder width apart. This...read more
by Richard Conceicao Elements of Structure (or: The fat Chinese guys in the paintings had it right!) Introduction: Structure is an essential part of any martial art. It makes a difference in every technique, every stance, every move. It forms the basis of everything...read more
by Richard Conceicao Section 1 One of the many lessons that have been forgotten is that the older, more traditional martial arts were regarded as complete systems. In modern times they have been specialized as: striking, floor-based types of grappling, and in the case...read more
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