|Training children with their parents in traditional karate &|
In 1992, I applied for membership to Juko Kai International. One of the best decisions of my life. JKI opened so many new martial arts to me - it was an incredible opportunity - I am so thankful that my membership application was accepted. After I became a JKI member, I attended as many national and regional clinics that I could. It was rare I ever missed a National Clinic. I also attended some regional clinics including those related to Combat Ki and others related to samurai arts, kobudo, and kata - particularly Okinawan kempo, naginatajutsu, sojutsu, iaido, hanbo, etc. In Juko Kai, I've had the opportunity to branch out and train in dozens of martial arts - it has been the best investment of my life! If there is another traditional martial arts organization in the world with so much expertise, so many great martial artists, with opportunities to learn an endless number of martial arts and techniques, I would be very, very surprised. Most organizations take your money, provide you with a certificate and member card, and you never see them again until they want their annual dues in the following year. At JKI, you can learn so many martial arts at dozens of clinics each year. But to join, you must have legitimate credentials, or a sponsoring sensei.
So, in my classes, a few students will work at an extreme level learning a self-defense technique while at the same time, learning to use the technique with great speed and applying body hardening (shitai kori) training such as punching and kicking each other with a fair amount of power - this is to help them learn to take a punch and how to deliver a punch - how most karate should be practiced. But most students don't want to learn to be killers, most want to learn the same technique without hurting someone or being hurt (actually, when one learns to use shitai kori, there is little to no pain, but it looks scary to most). I love it, but it is hard to convince others that they will live to see another day and will actually enjoy punching someone and getting hit.
|Training in self-defense on Wednesday evenings at the Arizona Hombu |
dojo. Most people would crap their pants ifthis happened on the street
(and it does all the time in Phoenix). Some of our students hope it
Wednesday self-defense nights, I often take one of our kata and take one or two parts out of the kata and apply them in a realistic self-defense situation - defending against an attack, a grab, a take down, choke, multiple attackers, an attacker armed with a gun, a rifle, a knife, a club, etc. As the students train with self-defense, they start out exploring modifications and slowly gain muscle memory until they can put things into overdrive after about 5 to 10 minutes. After they have learned a technique, I add a common weapon to the defense. The defender now arms themselves with a magazine, book, a kubotan (pencil like stick or key chain), handful of coins, a rock, lug nut, a knife (tanto), karambit, or some other handy weapon and try the same self-defense technique with a weapon.
|How do you defend against a rifle?|
At the halfway point of the class, we move to hanbojutsu and then to another samurai art.
Our students include many highly educated professionals, retirees, military, some young adults and many women. The nice thing about this training is the students, no matter what age, learn about martial arts, self-confidence and gain considerable physical exercise, flexibility and balance. It is much better than attending any gym.
|Sensei Ben Corley demonstrates knife defense technique at University of|