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Yellow Belt
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This thread is very helpful. I was searching on PTSD and kumite and found this. Though my situation might be different bc I feel my sparring skills are being held back bc I first need to learn how control the PTSD (disassociation and flashbacks while sparring) ... reading this thread has reminded me the solutions are pretty much the same
- "spar more and relax"
- drill, especially offensive versus defensive

I find once my adrenaline kicks in my focus to control the PTSD and to stay "offensive' is out the window .... but if offensive moves were muscle memory less focus would be needed and perhaps the it would be easier to keep myself "grounded in the present". I don't know .... its a theory anyway.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 10, 2019 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When teaching sparring, being defensive is a losing strategy, therefore learning to attack the attack, gives the fighter a fighting spirit and mentality to hit back, as opposed to backing up and eventually getting hit or beaten up.

There are three actions to take, fight, flight or freeze.

As you are in the dojo to learn how to fight, then this is the option you should adopt.

Everyone started off as a beginner and over time with practice became proficient at sparring.

There is alot of information for a beginner martial artists to take in towards becoming proficient at sparring.

Not much different than a naive playful wolf puppy that eventually becomes experienced as an adult, that when hungry, becomes a hunting predator that is focused and poised, ready for the kill.

There is a gap between playing and reality, in martial arts, a transformation from one to the other, where for some when the martial arts is not fun any more and it becomes too serious or difficult they quit.

Actually (personally) having many fights and losing many taught me more than the ones I won easily.

"As what doesn't kill you will make you stronger!"

There are many fighting strategies that work, some will work for you and others might not, try out as many as possible separately, from them confidently use the ones that are useful for yourself.

Always simplify yourself to become more efficient and effective with your movements, use your nearest weapon against the nearest target for instance.

Attack and defend simultaneously also defend and attack simultaneously also, while defending simultaneously use it as a way to set up a new shot towards the opponent.

Also have all of your weapons feet, hands, knees, elbows aimed at your opponent, then use the appropriate one instinctively without thought, hesitation or telegraphed.

Confuse your opponent by not giving away your intent, use broken rhythm, feints, misdirection, think high hit low...

Position yourself for better striking as in flanking your opponent, also as when nothing is stopping you to go straight in, go in fast and hard.

Attack the opponent's balance, as this makes it difficult for the opponent to strike back and easier to hit.

Take away or occupy the opponent's space, as where ever the opponent is standing that is where to be.

Learn about circles, squares and triangles, these are geometric structured shapes, that make for excellent foundations for all combat arts, as we can recognise them very easily and use them quickly and confidently, in footwork hand and locking techniques.

My personal favourite is called "three hands" the way it works is for every one hand movement from my opponent, I will use three of my own, this makes it difficult for the most part to catch up to stopping my intentions.

Also if possible, inserting or thrusting the lead leg forward between the opponent's legs, can instantly disrupt any attempt at being attacked by kicks and punches.

I'll stop it here as it will instead turn in to a novel but if interested in more of the same, I will gladly oblige.

Here is the karate nerd that might have a point with which style of fighting is best for you:
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White Belt
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Joined: 11 Feb 2019
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Styles: Shotokan

PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not a lot of advice one can give on kumite through words.

But there are a few.

Invest in loss: Sparring and tournaments are two different animals and should be treated as such. It's best to practice one thing till you get it, not caring what the sparring outcome is. Getting dominated sparring all night is worth it if it leads to you mastering a specific technique or strategy. This way you don't get discouraged but take away a positive from every experience.

When you see karate-ka who spar over and over... get to a certain level, and never progress beyond that point.. its because they are not doing the above!
There is no block in Karate
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