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The voice of the mountain dragon - Practising with Harada Sensei

lundi 6 septembre 2010

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(By Bernard Mathieu)

Forty years of teaching in Europe, forty years of research strengthened by an outstanding dedication and generosity, made it possible for him to offer his pupils an exceptionally deep analysis of an art to which he has dedicated his whole life. But it is thanks to an indomitable determination, avoiding all current dogmatic attitudes, that he has managed to raise karate to the true level of a martial art.

Bernard Mathieu, his pupil and interpreter for more than thirty-seven years, invites you to join him on the path of a fascinating discovery.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

1 - SHOTOKAI & SHOTOKAN : An historical overview by Master M. HARADA.

2 - GENEALOGY OF KARATE.

3 - INTRODUCTION - Education and Communication.

4 - PRACTICE – A state of mind.

- WHY ? - motivations
- HOW ? – Mental approach : Flexibility / Concentration / Timing

5 - PRACTICE – An historical approach.

- WHAT ?

  • KATA - Forms / Structures / Speed.
  • KIHON - Postures
  • KUMITE.
  • TEN NO KATA.

6 - PRACTICE – A structural approach.

- Historical review.
- MOBILITY – Stepping exercises and their variations : Centre of Gravity / Mobility / Low Postures / Fluidity.
- DISTANCE.
- SYNCHRONISATION : The swing or pendulum / the shoulder connection. Synchronisation with a partner. Kihon facing a partner.
- STABILITY :

  • Muscle chains and Impact.
  • Building up a strong base – Legs and hips action.
  • Hands and arms.
  • Stability when standing up.

7 – THE FORM OF NO FORM AND THE SEARCH FOR HAKKEI

8 – CONCLUSION.