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x-po_full_weekendI have some very exiting news! Later this year myself, Kris Wilder, Marc “Animal” MacYoung, Alan Peasland and Nicolas Yang will be conducting two not to be missed two day events! The first one will take place in Seattle in the USA (14th and 15th of August) and the second event will take place a week later in Coventry in the UK (21st and 22nd of August).

I’m thrilled to be able to be able to meet up with members and visitors from the USA as well having the opportunity to teach as part as such an amazing line up!

Alan is a good friend who I have trained with and along side on numerous occasions. Kris is an amazing karateka and a really nice guy. He stayed with my family and I the first time he visited the UK and I look forward to spending some more time with him. I’ve been a big fan of Marc’s books for decades and, although we’ve swapped a few emails, we have yet to meet up in person and I am really looking forward to that. Nicolas Yang’s father’s books are also firm favourites of mine and I’m very excited to be able to meet and teach along side Nick.

I have to say this is an amazing mix of the “traditional” and the “reality based” (not that I see a difference between the two terms) and I’m sure serious martial artists in both the UK and USA will be very keen to be part of this history making event!

You can find more details on the website: http://crossingthepond.webs.com/

Click Here for USA Details & to Book Your Place!

Click Here for UK Details & to Book Your Place!

All the best,

Iain (and a very exited Iain at that!)

Alan Peasland X-Po Video:

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Kris Wilder Audio can be listened to here: Follow this Link

 
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how-kata-style-imgIn this podcast I’d like to explain how an individual kata can record a complete fighting system! There is a common view that individual kata are for specific circumstances, and it is only when all the kata are combined that we have a complete style. I think this is an incorrect and mistaken view; both from a practical and historical perspective. Surely, one kata can’t record a complete fighting system though? Well, in my view it can!

You may be asking how a relatively small number of techniques can ever be considered to be a full system? Well if you are, listen to the podcast and I’ll do my best to explain my thinking to you! Kata are a lot deeper and much wider reaching than many people suppose.

As part of this discussion we will also cover the nature of kata, how kata should be practised in order to realise its full potential, what some of the past masters had to say about kata and its application, and how and why kata were created in the first place.

I hope you enjoy this latest offering and I’ll be back with a new workout podcast and online video next month!

All the best,

Iain

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Dave_Hazard_and_IainIt’s officially our 30th podcast! I say “officially” because we’ve done things like double-podcasts and workout podcasts in the past. Regardless, I’m classing this as our 30th podcast … and it’s my website so no one can stop me! Thanks to you all for your support of the podcasts. The amount of downloads is fantastic (and pushing our bandwidth limits!). I’m truly delighted that so many of you are finding these podcasts useful.

This month I want to discuss what many seem to regard as the biggest secret in the martial arts! While there is no doubt that many martial artists are aware of this secret, there are very few who will publicly discuss it. Indeed, most will totally deny this highly influential secret and seem to regard it, and the influence it has, with great distain.

Want to know what the secret is? Well I can pretty much guarantee it has a big impact on how you train. It certainly does with me. The picture that goes with this podcast (assuming you are viewing this on the blog of iainabernethy.com and not on i-tunes or elsewhere) also gives you a clue.  It’s myself and Dave Hazard at the recent British Combat Association residential course. Dave’s superb session certainly involved this rarely discussed “secret” aspect of the martial arts in large quantities. Still not sure what this secret is? Then I suggest you listen to the podcast!

I hope you enjoy this podcast and I’ll be back with our 31st podcast in a few weeks!

All the best,

Iain

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iain-steve-02-10Thanks to everyone for their support of the new Extreme Impact downloads! They have got off to a great start and I’m delighted people are enjoying the direct, to the point, “high energy” presentation and editing. The aim was to get as much as we could into the running time with no filler and no unnecessary explanations so that the visuals match the methods of training. I’m really pleased this is striking a chord with people and Steve and I have plans to produce more units in the summer. This kind of training forms a big part of my own teaching and training and I feel it is totally necessary to ensure my students become rounded martial artists who are capable of generating great impact regardless of distance or environment.

Each download starts with some technical tips before moving into a number of drills and variations to develop all aspects of the technique in question and the required physical fitness and mental attributes to make the technique work when under stress. If you click on the “play now” link below you can watch a low-resolution sample of three random drills taken from Extreme Impact units 2, 3 and 5. If you like what you see, please visit the shopping side of the main website for more details. Please also see the post below!

All the best,

Iain

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Extreme Impact is Live!

extreme-impact-logo-blogNewsletter subscribers will be aware that Steve Williams and I have been working on a project called “Extreme Impact”.  Extreme Impact is a unique training system for martial artists who want to train in a way that will separate them from the crowd. The drills that form the Extreme Impact training system will develop to high levels the vital martial attributes of Speed, Focus, Fitness, Power, Impact, Aggression, Mental Resilience, Flowing Transitions, Timing, Dynamic Movement, and Confidence.

The drills in all the Extreme Impact units reflect the way Steve and I train together and such drills form a large part of my teaching in my own dojo. Whether you are a “traditionalist” like me or a “modernist” like Steve, we feel sure that you will not only reap great benefits from training in this way but you will also enjoy it (afterward if not during).

The way each unit is structured is that Steve or I explain the details of a given drill, which is then followed by Steve or I demonstrating the drill at full speed and power (all sweat, twisted facial expressions and signs of fatigue are entirely genuine!).

The first five units are now available to download:

Unit 1 – Developing a Knockout Jab!
Unit 2 – The Cross: The Ultimate Knockout Shot!

Unit 3 – Roundhouse: The King of Kicks!
Unit 4 – Front, Side and Groin Kicks: Straight Down the Line!
Unit 5 – Strength & Plyometric Drills: Not for the Fainthearted!

The download format means we don’t have to pay for DVD production and hence each unit is available at just £9.70. If you click on the “play now” link below you can watch a short trailer for the first five Extreme Impact units (more units will be released later in the year).

 
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Please click HERE to be taken to the webpage that will give you more details.

“I fall to the floor. I’m breathing so hard that my lungs feel like they are about to burst. I look down at my broken body. I can hear nothing but the sound of my pounding heart. I have a splitting headache as my brain screams for oxygen. My muscles are so exhausted that my body can no longer move. So it doesn’t. Mentally and physically I have nothing left. This is hell. And then it starts; like it always does: “Get up! Get a grip of yourself and get on your feet!” The inner voice. My will. My sprit. It’s the one thing that will never lie down and die. So I get to my feet and I do it all again. This is how I train. This is INTENSITY.”Steve Williams

Please click HERE to be taken to the webpage that will give you more details.

Bunkai-Jutsu-4-preview-1As most of you will know, for the last few months we have been making our titles available as downloadable files in addition to DVDs. The download format has proved popular and the majority of our DVDs have now been converted. “Bunkai-Jutsu 4: Seishan / Hangetsu” and “Bunkai-Jutsu 5: Chinto / Gankaku” were uploaded last week!

During the conversion process we also arranged for a little clip to be edited together for this blog. If you click on the “play now” link at the bottom of this post, you will be able to watch a four minute clip that explains the bunkai for the “crescent kick” and “groin kick defence” found at the end of Seishan / Hangetsu.

This low-res footage was taken from the DVD / high-res download and, as you’ll see, it is my view that the end motion represents a leg kick-takedown followed by a strike; and the action to be taken should the downed enemy try to tackle you to the floor. I hope you enjoy the clip!

All the best,

Iain

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History-yin-yangHappy 2010 everyone! Is it just me or have the 10 years since the millennium flown by!? The passage of time is what inspired this first podcast of the new decade. In it I discuss the influence “history” can have on today’s martial practise. It is my view that history can lead to ever increasing efficiency and growth, or stagnation and death depending upon how we view the martial practises passed on to us through history.

There are many different ways in which history can impact upon us and in this podcast I discuss the following: How important is it to be “historically accurate” with regards to kata bunkai? What is “traditional”? Should we faithfully preserve what has been passed on to us? How can we integrate modern developments and remain true to our martial heritage? How should we use “history” to ensure a positive future? Is the “historic way” or the “modern way” the best? And a few more issues relating to the positives and pitfalls when looking at the history of the martial arts.

Thanks once again to all the regular listeners for your support of these podcasts! The number of listeners is growing all the time and I thank you for your continued support and for telling others about these programmes. I’ll be back with more next month! Enjoy!

All the best,

Iain

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Jissen Six is Here!

Jissen-Cover-Issue-6-DownloadThe sixth issue of Jissen is now ready for download! I’d like to begin by apologising for the delay in getting this issue to you. I’ve been so busy over the last few months that it became obvious that I was not going to get this issue finished on time.

Helen (my wife) picked up the slack and this added in another slight delay while she got familiarised with all the typesetting software. When you see the magazine, I think you’ll agree Helen as done a great job and the good thing is that the magazine is no longer entirely reliant on me for progress. The 7th issue is already being put together. I am therefore sorry for this delay, but the good news is all future magazines should be as regular as clockwork.

If you have a look at the contents list below, you can see that this issue has been well worth the wait! We have a great interview with Dave Turton, an article by world renowned realist Geoff Thompson (with more to come from Geoff in future issues) and articles on a whole host of subjects including multiple opponents, improvised weapons, kata application, flow drills, ancient European fighting arts and even how to fight a horse (kind of)!

I hope you enjoy this latest issue!

All the best,

Iain

Issue Six

Contents: Martial Arts Scepticism: The Pornography of Reality-Based Self Defence –Never Give Up – Bouncer – How to Win a Bar Fight – Karate’s Holy Grail – Whiter Shade of Pale – Anatomy of Back Stance – Flow in Modern Karate – Oh S*it! Taking Chudan Uke to the next level – Stav – Karate Jutsu – Bunkai and the Horseman – The Innocent Walking Stick – Dave Turton Interview – Styles: Are They Killing Karate? – Transitional Aspects of Karate (Part 2) – Contact in Training (Part 2)

Contributors: Jamie Clubb – Lawrence Kane – Geoff Thompson – Rev. Art Chenevey – Michael Rosenbaum – Dave Turton – Andi Kidd – Chris Littlefair – Nikolaj Fænø Skarbye – Eric Parsons – Tony Brush – Kris Mansfield – Ron Briens – Ernest Tuff – Michael Rosenbaum – Iain Abernethy – Chris Denwood – John Titchen

How to download: Right click on the cover image and then select “save target as” (some times “save page as”). Then choose where you wish to save the file (normally the “desk top”) and download it.

PS Please subscribe to the Jissen Newsletters at www.jissenmag.com

No MistakesIn this month’s podcast I’d like to look at what I feel are the three biggest errors made by karateka today. As regular listeners will know, I like to keep my podcasts positive as it is way too easy to stand back and point out what is wrong with the martial arts.

Personally, I’d rather put forward solutions and suggest how things could be made better. However, people will only be interested in potential solutions if they are aware there is a problem in the first place. So what I thought I’d do in this podcast is point out what I feel are the three most common, and yet frequently unseen, mistakes in karate.

I hope you’ll forgive me for being a little “negative” on this occasion and that you appreciate that my purpose in pointing out these errors is to encourage us to think of positive solutions and to help ensure that both the art of karate and its practitioners can reach their maximum potential.

These three mistakes are so important because people often do not realise that they are making them. There are other common errors to be sure, but what makes these three so problematic is that people either don’t recognise they are making them or don’t fully understand the serious implications of allowing these mistakes to creep into their martial practise.

Curious as to what these three mistakes are? If so, you’ll have to listen to the podcast! In the podcast we explore these three mistakes and then move on to suggest what steps we need to take to ensure we avoid them. I hope you enjoy the podcast and I’ll be back with more next month.

All the best,

Iain

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What is Kata?In this latest podcast we look at what kata actually is and what purpose it serves. Kata can be a kind of shadow-fighting, a physical exercise, a form of moving mediation, a pointless dance, a relic that should be consigned to history, a repository of forgotten “secrets”, and a whole host of other things besides. All of these views on what kata is can have merit depending upon what is meant by “kata”. However, none of them get to the heart of the matter in my view. In this podcast I explain what I see as the core purpose of kata.

As part of the discussion that leads to my definition of kata, we also discuss how kata came into existence and the nature of the link between kata, kumite and combat. I also look at the relationship between principles and techniques as it relates to kata. Whether you agree with my final definition of kata or not, I hope that you enjoy the podcast and find it interesting and entertaining.

I’d like to thank you all for your support of the podcasts. All feedback and suggestions are always gratefully received (iain@iainabernethy.com) and I’ll be back with another one very soon!

All the best,

Iain

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