Thought 92

“Our self image and our habits tend to go together. Change one and you will automatically change the other.”
Dr. Maxwell Maltz – 1899-1975, Author

Thought 91

Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire, which transcends everything.  Napoleon Hill

Provera

Basic dojo rules from our handbook:

Dues should be paid the first week of each month.

There are no promotion fees, but we ask that you pay for each obi (belt).

Respect will be shown to all karate-ka at all times.

The head instructor, due to advanced rank, will be called Kyoshi and black belts helping to teach are called Sensei.

A respectful bow will be given whenever entering and exiting the workout area.

Shoes are not to be worn on the workout floor.

A serious attitude should be maintained during workouts.

Never correct the technique of a senior student (If in doubt, ask).  No two people see and understand what is explained the same way.  What one person realizes from an advanced rank may not be what you believe.

Kumite or sparring will be practiced under the supervision of black belts only.

Kyu ranks are forbidden to conduct demonstrations or teach privately without consent from their sensei.  Black belts should clear activities prior to the session as well.

Adults must join the IWKA after attaining their Yellow Belts & prior to earning their Green Belts.  This organization is headed by the son of the founder of the style and sets standards for promotion.  Students may join Hanshi Duessel’s Affiliation after this time.  Children may join the IWKA as well.

It is recommended that all students buy protective hand, foot and head gear.  These are available from Kyoshi.

Finger and Toenails should be kept short for safety during self-defense and sparring.

General concepts as related by pee wee and junior students during classes:

 

Never start a fight.

Do not hit anyone intentionally while training in the dojo.

Do not show off or brag about your karate training.

Do not show friends what you are learning, but you may show family what you are learning.

Do not teach anyone without permission.

Always pay close attention to the person who is helping you during class.

Practice a few minutes (at least) daily, even when at home.

Always make a tight fist so the fingernails are tucked in and not visible.

Open hands should have fingers together and straight.

In the relaxed position (masubi dachi) heels are together and toes point at a slight angle.

In the ready stance (heko dachi) the feet must be straight, hip width.

The elbow is in line with the shoulder when blocking.

All punches start at the hip.  The straight punch focuses at the opponent’s solar plexus and the upper cut focuses at the chin.

Punches never extend so far that the elbow locks.

Our punches and kicks focus just off the partner while practicing in the dojo but two inches inside the opponent when we must use our training for self-defense.

During basics always block to the front leg.

Seisan stance finds the feet straight, with a toe and heel position, and the width of one’s shoulders.

Seiuchin stance finds the heels under the shoulders, the feet point away at a 45-degree angle; the knees are bent and in line with the toes and the back are straight.

Naihanchi stance the heels are under the shoulders and the toes point inward, the knees are bent and the back is straight.

Nekoachi Dachi (cat stance) finds the rear foot at a right angle to the front foot.  The heel of the front foot is raised off the ground.  Both knees are bent at least in line with the toes of the feet.  90% of the weight is on the rear foot.

When moving from one stance to another, do not change the height of your center of balance.

All basics and basic kicks have four parts.

Complete 100 percent of each move before going to the next.

REMINDER – – – Adults interested in attending Hanshi Duessel’s seminar in Pittsburgh Saturday, March 5th – see Kyoshi ASAP for more information.

OUR 26TH BENEFIT TOURNAMENT FOR DIABETES AND THE HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS PROGRAM IS SUNDAY, APRIL 10TH THIS YEAR.  IT IS EARLY BECAUSE EASTER IS THE LAST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH, WHICH IS THE NORMAL TIME FOR OUR EVENT.

            * WE ENCOURAGE ALL STUDENTS TO PARTICIPATE

            *  STUDENTS MAY REGISTER FOR THE EVENT STARTING THE MONTH OF MARCH.

            *  WE NEED HELP DURING THE EVENT FROM TEEN AGED AND ADULT STUDNETS AND PARENTS.  THE BIGGEST NEED IS PEOPLE TO HELP KEEP SCORE DURING THE TOURNAMENT.  WE TRAIN EACH PERSON –  IT IS EASY AND IT IS FUN TO DO.  ALSO, YOU GET ONE OF THE BEST SEATS IN THE HOUSE.

Doug King’s Sparring Tournament is Sunday, March 13th at Newton High School.

Congratulations to the people who earned promotions since our last newsletter.  Junior  Yellow Belt  – Dominic Dattolo  Brown Belt #2Trevor Silva   

 

     CONGRATULATIONS to everyone who attended and participated is the Golden Rule Tournament, February 13thThe event was one of the best-attended events in the past few years and the competition was extremely spirited.  If you wish to know more about the event talk to:

            Tom Ammermann

            Ryan Ammermann

            Kristyn Wheeler                     

            Aidan Johnson                     

            Nic Curcio

            Jake Brader

            Taryn Faccenda

            Cassandra Brown

            Jeff Brown

            Abigail Brown

            Lee Gugler

            Joe Marotta

            Shirley Zavala

            Joe Reinbold

            Ben Almer

           Wyatt Almer

 There will be no Brown and Black Belt Training session – March 18th – as I will be in Maine.

Hanshi’s March Seminar – Newsletter # 12

TWELVETH EDITION – – MARCH 2011

“Where your thought and your breathing is,

That is where your center is”

Thoughts from Hanshi Duessel

Meeting together for the March seminars has become a tradition for students from Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, New Jersey and other locations when time and travel permit.  Remember to create notes from the seminar, revisit them and practice what was taught until we meet again.

 

A number of ideas were related during the two-hour seminar.

  1. An advancement to the combination arm and leg loosening drills was demonstrated by using manageable weights.  This creates resistance for the body and helps strengthen the student at the same time.
  2. The use of the lunge punch was discussed, demonstrated and practiced.  In basics the techniques are performed from a Seisan stance where the body is kept square with the stance and the proper technique.  The lunge punch uses a longer stance with a 70% to 30% weight ratio.  If the body is kept square with the stance slightly more power is generated because of the deeper stance.  If the body is turned into the punch more power is developed.  It was demonstrated that because the rear leg and foot are in line with the punch it is very stable and if done properly, all the power goes into the opponent and does not reflect back to the person doing the punch (similar to the reverse punch [#3 basic] vs the straight punch [#1 basic].
  3. Proper breathing was discussed again this seminar.  Karate students should breathe in through the nose into the abdomen and exhale out through the mouth.  The inhalation if done to a 3 count, the exhalation should be done to a 6 count.  Also if inhalation is done to a 4 count, the exhalation is done to an 8 count.
  4. When breathing in this way it is a form of meditation, as the brain can think of one thing at a time.
  5. When doing Sanchin and other katas, the breathing helps focus one’s attention into the kata, creating a moving meditation.
  6. Hanshi spoke about the three ways to instruct Sanchin. 
    1. First teach the student to do it without focus, learning the moves in a relaxed manner (like tai chi).
    2. Next teach the student the breathing patterns, while still doing the kata in a relaxed manner.
    3. Finally, add the proper use of muscle tightening to the movements and breathing. 
    4. It may take 20 to 30 years to fully develop and understand each kata.
  7. The Push kick versus the Snap front kick is an effective technique to get a kick in under a person’s guard because it is a more direct attack.  Emphasize using the thigh to extend the kick and tighten the toes, ball of the foot and project the heel upon contact.  Its focus it different than the snap kick, which is more of an arching kick.
  8. The back stance used in the nunchaku kata is a stance that is again very valuable in sparring because the person appears further away than he or she actually is.  Posture is crucial because the head, shoulders, back and hip are over the rear leg.  There is a 60% to 40% weight ratio used.  It can quickly be turned in a zenkutsu stance picking up a great deal of distance.
  9. BO DRILLS – using a 4 foot jo.
    1. Hold a bo toward the end and control the swing from vertical to horizontal and back and forth.  This will help increase flexibility and strength of the wrist.  If holding the bo at the end is too heavy, hold the bo toward the middle to build technique and strength. (Do this using both hands on top)
    2. Place the bo vertically on the floor in front of you.  Grasp the bo at the top with a small space between the hands.  Starting in a relaxed stance, lower the body into a deep seiuchin stance and twist the hands so they torque outward on the way down and inward on the way up.
    3. Do the same twisting and stance techniques and then try to push the tip of the bo through the floor.  This works the entire upper body.

 

QUOTATIONS FROM HANSHI DURING THE SEMINAR – – –

     A STUDENT IS NOT ABOVE HIS TEACHER, BUT EVERYONE WHO IS FULLY TRAINED IS LIKE HIS TEACHER.  LUKE 6-40

–         SETTING A GOOD EXAMPLE IS MOVE VALUABLE THAN GIVING GOOD ADVICE.

 –         MUST APPLY WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN TAUGHT.

 –         THE MORE INTENSE THE CRISIS SITUATION UNDER WHICH YOU LEARN, THE  LESS YOU WILL LEAN.

–         PRACTICE WITHOUT PRESSURE AND YOU WILL LEARN MORE EFFICIENTLY AND THE BETTER YOU WILL PERFORM BETTER UNDER PRESSURE.

– WILL – HEART – DEDICATION – – (we understand well the concepts of Heart and   Dedication) To understand  “will” we must reflect deeper.    “WILL” – THE POWER OF CONTROL THE MIND HAS OVER ITS OWN ACTION (FROM THE DICTIONARY).                                  

Congratulations

Formal awarding of IWKA Certificates of Promotion from Master Kichiro Shimabuku and Master William H. Duessel were presented at the conclusion of the March 5th WHD Seminar in Pittsburgh, PA

Chocku Radhakrishn – Sho Dan, 1st Degree Black Belt

Josh Mehl – San Dan, 3rd Degree Black Belt

Marvin Carmona – Hachi Dan, 8th Degree Black Belt

For the Good of the Order

Plan to attend the upcoming 2011 IWKA Championship event June 23rd – 26th.  Information and registration forms may be found on the web site www.indybushido.org .

We always have a great time renewing friendships and making new ones. 

As always if you remember anything that I did not include, please e.mail me and I will update the newsletter.

Remember – if you have anything you would like to add to the newsletter under TRAINING TIPS, DOJO DEVELOPMENT, OR QUESTIONS FOR HANSHI – – – please send them to me.  The next newsletter will be after the IWKA tournament.

Kyoshi Hughes is compiling the newsletter.  Publication Dates will be the last week of the quarterly months:  March, June, September and December.  Any sensei wishing to put something in it should contact him at least three weeks prior to publication.  E.mail him at: karatedo@goes.com   or  Fax: 908-852-9520.