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This makes me feel better about some of my own “adventures”.

Take a look at Brad Binder’s article Here.

I had sort of forgotten about the whole “nose into the brain” myth until recently when a student brought it up.  Jonathon Maberry has an article posted on the Martial arts Myths section of the Fighting Arts site in which he discusses it.

Pushing The Nose Bone Into The Brain

By Jonathan Maberry

Can a person really strike someone in a way that will drive the nose bone into the brain? I hear this one all the time, so let’s start with the short answer: No.

Click Here for the rest of the article.


Karate people seem to like to talk about speed a whole lot. Most of the time they are not sufficiently careful about how they use this term. Speed can mean several things. Imprecise language is not very helpful in deciding (for example) how to punch in a given situation or even in determining how best to train. Here are a few things that people conflate when talking about speed:

  1. Interception speed. “Can your punch get to your opponents head before hers gets to yours?”
  2. Initiation speed. “How quickly can the technique be launched?
  3. Velocity relative to the target. “How fast is your fist moving in relation to its target?”
  4. Velocity relative to the origin. “How fast is your punch moving in relation to its starting point in space?”
  5. Acceleration. The change in velocity over time.
  6. Period of technique. “How fast can the technique be extended and recovered?

Being clear with speed talk will simplify all sorts of karate talk. Keep in mind that training to improve the results in one category will not necessarily improve results in all categories.

"Try to see yourself as you truly are and try to adopt what is meritorious in the work of others. As a karateka you will of course often watch others practice. When you do and you see strong points in the performance of others, try to incorporate them into your own technique. At the same time, if the trainee you are watching seems to be doing less than his best ask yourself whether you too may not be failing to practice with diligence. Each of us has good qualities and bad; the wise man seeks to emulate the good he perceives in others and avoid the bad."
Funakoshi Gichin


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