Throws, Pull-Ups, and Body Conditioning

Last week, a Kyokushin karateka friend of mine mentioned learning a new takedown, and after reading her description, I thought it sounded rather similar to a throw that we work as an application for the morote-tsuki (double punch) in Naihanchi Shodan. As it turned out, she was talking about the “wedge throw” that is very popular in Shotokan–UFC fighter, Lyoto Machida, has even been known to use it in MMA. You can see that throw in the animated GIF, above.

I definitely like that throw, and it’s similar to the one we do for Naihanchi, as well as one we do for Passai. For comparison, I recorded a quick video of our Naihanchi morote-tsuki throw last Saturday with Brent. Unfortunately, the audio is terrible because there was a CD player near the video camera, and the microphone picked that up instead of my voice. On the plus side, I think my voice is terrible, anyway! I added annotations to the video on YouTube to explain what I was saying. There are some subtle differences, but both throws work quite well, and I have done both of them against resisting opponents in kumite/randori.

Since I had the video camera out, anyway, I decided to record my current favorite pull-up variant–the kettlebell clinch pull-up. I saw somebody doing it on YouTube, which gave me the idea in the first place, but then I couldn’t find the video again. There have been several times where I have recommended these pull-ups to people, but couldn’t show them what I was talking about. This remedies that issue.

Going along with the “videos” theme, I also recorded my personal tai tanren (body forging/conditioning) training that I did on Saturday morning, and spliced clips of it together into a short montage. It isn’t edited very well, unfortunately, because my video editing software is very difficult to use, and my form isn’t great. Still, you get to see some of the ways I use the maize bag, the makiwara, and the tetsutaba. Interestingly, Ryan Parker Sensei also recorded a tai tanren video over the weekend, but he focused on the use of Naihanchi-dachi and breathing. You can see that video here.

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About Noah

I began training in karate (Shuri-Ryu) in the Summer of 2006. Subsequently, I started training in judo, kobudo, and iaijutsu within the next 6 months. During my training there, I earned the rank of Sankyu (3rd Degree Brown Belt) in Shuri-Ryu, Gokyu (Green Belt) in judo, a certification in the use of the bo, and passed proficiency tests for the four tachigata of Shinkage-Ryu iaijutsu. I moved to Arizona in the Summer of 2008, and continued training and researching karate at home. I continued regular training in judo at a local club until 2010, when I was able to start training in Shorin-Ryu with Sensei Richard Poage. I have been training with him ever since, and currently hold the rank of Shodan (1st Degree Black Belt) in Shorin-Ryu under him. In addition, I began studying KishimotoDi under Sensei Ulf Karlsson in 2014.