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"The title is "Explosive Uechi-ryu" and the moderator is Arthur Rabesa. Art will be exploring the power contained in Uechi-ryu that is not appreciated by the average practitioner. Make no mistake - this forum is for the serious martial artist and I wholeheartedly recommend it for anyone who really wants to tap his or her explosive power potential.

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Re: ART'S LESSON --More Leg Thrusts

Postby Art Rabesa » Tue Jul 19, 2016 4:16 pm

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Two more leg thrusts that need to be added. Both hit low into the legs of the attacker. Needed because you might get spun around and find the attacker, or attackers, behind you. Good to have these in a multiple attack situation. Absolutely not a fighting technique. All the leg thrusts are for one purpose only. To cause damage fast allowing for that escape window. I like having these leg thrusts in my ammo bag. They're my 12 gauge shotgun. -----Happy Trails----Art
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Re: ART'S LESSON --

Postby Art Rabesa » Thu Jul 21, 2016 2:01 pm

I'll have more on elbow strikes in another lesson. This is the vertical and the horizontal elbow strike. I've slipped in a little back hand off the strike for good measure. The mechanics of delivering these elbow strikes is essential. To drive the point of the elbow into the strike very hard is what you're looking for. I'll have more to demonstrate, but these two are a good place to start. Be careful with these. Use the bag, or pad your partner as I have done with Maurice. ------Happy Trails -----Art
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Re: ART'S LESSON --

Postby Art Rabesa » Mon Aug 01, 2016 9:40 pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZTz5jXoS4g
I've shown the opening double thrust of sanchin kata in other videos. This one goes into a little more detail concerning the mechanics of this very powerful thrust. This is a stopping strike in close. Can use it easily in anything that gets close to you. Check the "Power Base Drill" lesson video on this strike. Much overlooked segment of sanchin. Don't overlook this movement. It's hits much to hard to be ignored. ----Happy Trails ----Art
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Re: ART'S LESSON --

Postby Art Rabesa » Tue Aug 02, 2016 7:59 pm

I'm planning on doing a lesson on ground striking. Not wrestling or grappling but striking. Just a few drills that will help your striking ability on the ground. Striking on the ground, doesn't differ much from striking on your feet. The same principles apply. Slight variables, but generally the same. When on the ground, there's only a few strikes that will work. The fist is not one of them except from a top position. Even then you have to rise slightly to drive that punch down. There are four main close quarter strikes that I like on the ground. The shoken (one knuckle strike) -- the ulna and radius forearm bones -- and of course the elbow. I'll show these strikes from different positions. Since I can't hit anyone with these strikes, I'll be using the heavy bag mostly. There are other areas of ground combat, but this will give you a very good chance down there. Stay tuned. ------Happy Trails----Art
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Re: ART'S LESSON --

Postby Art Rabesa » Sun Aug 21, 2016 12:20 pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CpiPDMXyV3k
Here is a close quarter drill I use. From here, I take it to the heavy bag. When that sudden attack occurs, this is where you'll most likely find yourself. Nice to be able to power strikes from here. Pay particular attention to the hand position. Everything comes off this 10&2 set up. -----Happy Trails-----Art
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Re: ART'S LESSON --

Postby Art Rabesa » Mon Aug 29, 2016 1:48 pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tmyi-wV ... QSdCUh3_gA
A look at how I do, and teach, the sanchin thrust. To be able to hit very hard from real close, you have to learn to strike like this. The actual snapping of the hand 90% of the way out is the key. You learn this from doing the sanchin thrust this way. This might be very difficult to do at first. Most will turn the hand much too soon in the thrust. This results in a pushing movement. You must be aware of your elbow remaining in the "Sanchin Slot" when doing the thrust this way. You do not want to injure your elbow. Let the video continue after the left thrust to pick up the right thrust also. My right thumb can not fold in. It has been damaged for many years. Practice doing the sanchin thrust this way. Stick with it because it's not easy to do. Once you've got it, you'll find that you're close quarter strikes are exploding into the target. Good luck with this method of doing the sanchin thrust. ------Happy Trails ----Art
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Re: ART'S LESSON --

Postby Art Rabesa » Tue Sep 06, 2016 1:13 am

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Y-tqN5Eq-Q
To be a good infighter, you must be able to get close without getting knocked out. Here are some "getting in" methods. There's more, but these are methods I like. Everything must be brought to the heavy bag to unload full power. Using a partner just for target zones. Strikes must fire as you are closing, and not after you've closed. That may be too late. Practice getting in with a partner. Can not practice closing very well on the heavy bag, or any striking pad. Practice closing coming off your shuffle, or simply moving and closing.Once you are close, you then go to work. Rapid fire strikes and grab and bang are what you are looking for. Check those two video lessons. ------Happy Trails -----Art
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Re: ART'S LESSON --

Postby Art Rabesa » Tue Sep 06, 2016 6:26 pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7HA15Ukrlk
More closing methods. Some closure is done leading with the legs, while others use just the hands. Speed is the key .-----Happy Trails ----Art
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Re: ART'S LESSON --

Postby Art Rabesa » Sat Sep 10, 2016 1:34 pm

http://rabesauechiryu.com/kata-2/
Here is my kata intro on the web site. These are my thoughts on doing, and teaching, kata. I hope this aids in your understanding of kata practice. -----Happy Trails ----Art
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Re: ART'S LESSON --

Postby Art Rabesa » Thu Sep 22, 2016 6:28 pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXu7hOpUMSQ
I like to work a particular strike over and over. I feel it speeds up the muscle memory for that strike. I really do not know if that is the case, but it's the way I teach it. Here we have the very fast front snap hook. Coming off the front leg for closing the distance and also explosive power. I'm a very firm believer in front side strikes. I can hit quicker and harder off the front side than the back side. This is not just a good in fighting strike, but a strike that can be delivered from outside as well. It can be done flat footed or on the move. I demonstrate that in this video lesson. As always ---hand position is the key. That final snapping action of the hand just before impact is essential. Nice to practice this using the small striking mitts. It allows for lots of movement. ------Happy Trails -----Art
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Re: ART'S LESSON --Final Words

Postby Art Rabesa » Fri Sep 30, 2016 7:42 pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDfVLV5_f9g
Just a few final words wrapping up a seminar. I always want to know if anything has been learned. Even if it is a small detail. Students will not absorb everything shown them. What is absorbed will simply be added to the next lesson. Sort of like layers. After a period of time the layers become thicker and stronger. My hope is that there is always something that is learned. Then ----we move on to the next lesson. -----Happy Trails ------Art
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Re: ART'S LESSON --arcing block

Postby Art Rabesa » Thu Oct 13, 2016 11:18 pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uv-6aGLNcuM
Many "Blocks" are not performed to deflect an attack. They are used to make an opening for your strike. This is when you really must pay attention to your hand position. The quick, snapping downward arc of the block here, allows you to slide your strike over the blocking hand. All done in one movement - "One Piece". The movement is very fast and sets you up to go to work inside. You're simply making a pathway for your strike. The striking hand stays very close to the blocking hand. This technique can be used for any block and counter. I like it as a straight offensive attack. You're not just closing the distance here. You can deliver a very strong punch or elbow doing it this way. Start off doing it slowly from a close distance. Gradually increasing the distance and speed. These short downward arcing blocks tend to work on just about all setups or attacks. You really only need a couple of blocks -- this is one of them that can really clear a path for you. ------Happy Trails ----Art
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Re: ART'S LESSON --More Closing

Postby Art Rabesa » Fri Oct 14, 2016 3:58 pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Y-tqN5Eq-Q
More closing methods. Particular emphasis paid to hand set up, for the continuation of strikes following the first impact. This is especially important when you are kicking, or doing any leg thrust. I like to carry my hands in this manner because they are always in the firing position. I feel it also aids in keeping a firm foundation through techniques. As I have pointed out before, there are a variety of ways to close the distance. What ever you use to get in --make certain that it is fast. That first gear is the key. -----Happy Trails ----Art
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Re: ART'S LESSON --Ulna-Radius-Shoken

Postby Art Rabesa » Fri Oct 21, 2016 10:18 pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWRMDRe9GO4
When real close, the hands become very difficult to use. However, they play a big role in setting up these three strikes. The hand is used to get off the shoken, but it's very short. It is fired from where your hands are set on the body. The ulna and radius strikes become very important weapons when real close. I suggest practicing these three strikes. Focus on my hands during these strikes. Your hand position lends itself to the accuracy of these strikes. The ulna and radius strikes are stoppers. You need to have them in your arsenal.--------Happy Trails -----Art
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Re: ART'S LESSON --Everything Sanchin

Postby Art Rabesa » Sun Oct 23, 2016 2:09 pm

http://rabesauechiryu.com/sanchin/
Since I believe so strongly in sanchin training and understanding, I posted the entire sanchin section of my web site. Most ( or all ) of this material has been posted throughout this forum. Here it is in one heap. I'm sure there is more to go over here than I have to show you. Sanchin has many facets. Also---this is my opinion on sanchin. Therefore, I'm pretty certain sanchin can be looked at in a different vain. To me ----sanchin is foundation and power. I try to get this element across in my teaching. Don't muddy the waters here. It's that simple. Set yourself in a solid base and fire a powerful thrust. Now take that understanding into all other aspects of your training. Sure hope this helps. ------Happy Trails ----Art
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