Saturday, August 04, 2007

Okinawan karate on Human Weapon on the history channel

Great episode showcasing the VERY hardstyle of Okinawan karate . One can see great examples of where tension, force, speed and power are critical for combatants.This is the type of martial art Pavel used in his unit and the type of strength,speed and power RKC KB training is designed to produce.

http://www.history.com/minisite.do?content_type=Minisite_Generic&content_type_id=55001&display_order=3&sub_display_order=4&mini_id=54986


10 comments:

Aaron Friday said...

man, I was going to watch that but i missed it.

Taikei Matsushita said...

I have a friend who has lots of connection with various martial artists in Japan. He once showed Pavel's picture to one of the artists and said "this is a posture of Okinawan Karate ka".

Swordsman Miyamoto Musashi in his "Book of Five Rings" mentions "glutes tight" "tense below your knees". The man fought over 64 duels and never lost.

Mark Reifkind said...

aaron, I'm sure it will be on again. Takei, exactly. RKC style kbs training and this type of force/power production go hand in glove.

Andy Whitney, RKC said...

Okinawan karate - hardstyle indeed! Just caught the episode, real cool. Their training tools were interesting, a KB would fit in nicely.

Mark Reifkind said...

I agree andy, especially when I saw them lifting those concrete blocks with handles.

Doug said...

I watched that yesterday. There was a 70 year old man hitting a huge rock to strengthen his hands. And I bitch about tearing some skin, what agirl I am!!!

Doug said...

I trained with a guy that was a Black belt in Uchi ryu. Kicking him in the thigh was like hitting a tree. My shin would be sore for days after.

Mark Reifkind said...

yes but too much tension is bad for you doug, don't you know that? you must stay relaxed at all times and be fluid. :))

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