The key to make forms work better for you is to have your mind in it.
That’s why shadow boxing works so well, we already think of it as a fight, when it comes to forms we only think of it as a choreography that we have to memorize.
You can make your forms work for you if you focus on completing the technique to it’s best most powerful version in “fight mode.” Your forms will do wonders for your training if you practice them with fighting intent, instead of just getting through it to the end.
Hello! I just found your blog. Your writing is super cute, I can't help but smile reading all your head canons :) May I request how the RFA+Saeran+V would react to MC being a black belt in martial arts?
Hi there! Thank you so much! :) Glad they make you smile. Hope you enjoy these!
You never really told him about your black belt
It came up when he got a role involving some martial arts moves
You corrected his form while he was practicing
He asked how you knew so much about it so you told him
He finds it kinda hot
He asks you to show him some moves so you can spar
It’s an excuse really
Being so close to you
No holding you.
Or he won’t be able to contain the beast^™
You notice him gaming a lot lately
You know it’s just because he’s been really stressed lately
You tell him to come to your martial arts class to relieve some stress
He agrees, but he’s kind of in awe that you’re a black belt
He’s really bad at fighting
But it’s really cute
You end up coaching him throughout the lesson
The next day you notice he’s trying to cover up the fact that he’s so sore
“Yoosung, can you get that cup for me.”
He makes strained sounds as he reaches for the glass a foot away from him
“Yeah, yeah, MC….just stretching. Haha….”
She has a black belt
You have a black belt
You both like to destress from work by going outside and fighting
Honestly, it’s refreshing to fight someone at the same level
You teach each other new moves every once in awhile
Such fun times
He finds out when you come home one day sweaty and tired
He asks what you’ve been doing, and you explain about your martial arts
He is super impressed
You mention you wish you had a sparring buddy so you didn’t have to go out to train
The next day he shows up in a martial arts uniform ready to go
He got you matching ones--with a little cat pawprint on it
Only he didn’t realize you were a black belt
You tell him you’ll show him what you know
But he’s so scared of hurting you
“Okay, Jumin, kick me.”
“What? Are you sure? I don’t want to hurt you…”
“You’re not even touching me!”
He quits after a few days because he’s too scared you’ll get hurt somehow
But he’ll make you have any equipment or anything else you need
He found out by accident
He was trying to scare you by popping out from behind a corner
He didn’t expect to be judo flipped
You realized it was him and started apologizing like crazy
After he caught his breath, he started laughing
“Can you do that again? That was fun!”
He had gotten rusty with his fighting skills since he left the agency
You decide to help him get into ship shape
You’ll be eating dinner, and you’ll call out a fight
He says he hates it, but he enjoys anything with you
While he was still recovering, he would have bursts of violence
You usually calmed him down when he got emotional
But when he grew especially violent (usually towards Saeyoung) you were easily able restrain him
You decided that martial arts might be a good way for him to vent
He’s skeptical because he’s scared he’ll hurt you accidentally
You convince him you can handle yourself
End up having weekly sparring sessions
Afterwards you’ll go out for something to eat
He enjoys these days the most
When you said you wanted to stay in Rika’s old apartment, he wasn’t thrilled
“It might still be unsafe. We made a lot of enemies.”
You assure him that you’re capable of defending yourself
You tell him about your black belt
When his eyesight gets worse, you get worried about him traveling so much
You show him a few self defense moves to help him
He’s actually a quick learner and a good student
You start wondering if he’s making mistakes on purpose
Especially when you place his hands in the right position around your neck or on you waist
Master Jin Li-yan demonstrates the transition between a demonstrative form and an actual combat application. In Bajiquan, many of the forms look…impractical. But this is because, in action, they are different to how they are perceived when demonstrated without an opponent. A raised arm might just look like a raised arm when, when put into practice, it is a brutal punch or drag-style take down.
This is why, today, so many people look down on some styles of martial arts. Because they don’t look like they have applicable use. To the layman, they look either cartoony or far too simplistic to ever be adopted in a real-life fight situation. And yet, when you see what each move actually represents, it starts to make sense.
Unfortunately this was taken just BEFORE I got a large number of corrections that make this form even more awesome, but it’s not bad to see the process of improvement. You’ll mostly notice some missing postures or some stances facing the wrong direction. Also maybe not full extension of the arms, but otherwise a solid looking form.
This woman performed with our group on the road in various villages and cities in Xuwen, Guangdong, China. I don’t know the form or even the particular style of Tai Chi, I’m guessing it could be a standardized style. I had to put music over the audio because at that particular venue, the MC was shouting over the microphone to get the audience to applaud and support the performers which was really loud and annoying. Kudos to her for blocking the shouty guy out and focusing on her form.
There are a
lot of terms in martial arts. Principles, techniques, forms, etc. all have
different names, kanji/katakana and meanings. I always translate the terms into comprehensible
pieces of information for my students.
And mostly, it’s not that hard to get the simple translations. But there
is one term that I never translate:
So let me
have a go at explaining: Kime
It’s mostly plainly translated as ‘power’ or putting some ‘spice’ in your karate. Snappy movements,
Kime is the
moment in time when you transfer your energy to your technique. The essential point is to
transfer your energy while your body is still in the moment of accelerating the
technique. In other words, use kime before you are done with the movement.
hit the target, hit through the target. Not on it.
But it’s not just applying power or activating your muscles, it’s also the
immediate relaxation that needs to follow a technique (nukeru, ぬける).
completion of the technique and the ‘stop’ of it is to isolate the moment of
energy transfer, to be prepared for whatever is next (ukimi).
not get into nukeru or ukimi yet, let’s focus on kime.
might have noticed, applying power
and tension goes hand in hand with momentum
and relaxation (ukimi).
word to use instead of kime or power would be momentum. Momentum refers to the timing of when and how you
transfer your energy. It also refers to
the amount of impact you can deliver and the duration of holding on to that
impact. The more focused the momentum, the more effective it becomes while simultaneously
the amount of energy needed to produce it, decreases.
So in other
words: the better the momentum, the less energy you waste, the better the
how beginners take those big steps when they do a basic punch? That’s low-level
momentum. They try to connect their arms and feet to the rest of their bodies, making these awkward steps.
Twisting the hips in a large movement is a natural start of your karate
training, doing the techniques in a ‘big form’. Your use of kime and momentum
is big and long. You work very hard, needing big movements to accelerate your
hips and techniques.
However, it makes your techniques awkward, slow, predictable and it will
exhaust you in jiyu kumite (sparring) because everything you do takes so much time and energy. Which brings us to the next stage…
movement should be made small to make your techniques more efficient. It’s the
stage in your karate training where your momentum
and kime start coming together.
The hip twists become short and small, later it will become a contraction and a
burst of your whole body. That’s where kime becomes really effective, and you can potentially knock-out anyone.
How to achieve ko-waza? Keep training. Repeat the movements and let them become a part of you, and then repeat them a million times more.
The moment in time that’s transferring energy into a technique; at the right
moment, with the right amount of power and impact, with the immediate
relaxation that follows.
Angampora (Sinhala: අංගම්පොර, Tamil: அங்கம்போர) is a style of martial art native to Sri Lanka and is said to be over 30,000 years old. It is a physical and spiritual training of body and mind in the art form of defense combat, which was almost lost forever during the British Colonization of the Island.
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As part of our “Hidden Treasures” rebranding campaign, and for no other purpose nefarious or otherwise, we’d like to collect some data on thrift shop experiences all over the country. Please take some time to fill out the following questionnaire!
True full name:
Street address, city, state and ZIP:
Over the past couple of years, have you visited thrift stores [Very rarely], [Once every few months], [Once or twice a month], or [Very frequently]?
Have you noticed or purchased any of the following at a secondhand store, collectibles shop, or antique dealer, and if so, at what locations?
Islamic oil lamps
Books in a script that you can read effortlessly even though you’re certain you’ve never seen it before
Nonstandard tarot decks
Mirrors that seem to shimmer and twist unnaturally, giving you the sense that you might be able to pass right through if you did it right
Baltimore Orioles memorabilia (preferably signed)
Please list all guns owned, martial arts known, or other forms of self-defense you are capable of.