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7.1 The Officers of the National Karate Committee shall be 18.104.22.168 The Chairperson is the chief executive officer of the National AAU Karate Program. The Chairperson orders meetings of the National Executive Committee and other meeting he she deems necessary and presides over such meetings. The Chairperson has the right to exercise all the duties pertaining to his her office in accordance with the code. The Chairperson is an ex-officio Chair of all committees. 22.214.171.124 Conducts all official correspondence of the National AAU Karate Program. 126.96.36.199 Issues all official notices of all meetings of the National AAU Karate Program. 188.8.131.52 Receives all monies for the National AAU Karate Program and deposits same to accounts in the name of the National AAU Karate Program. 184.108.40.206 Ensures payment of all bills approved by a duly authorized officer or by the National AAU Karate Executive Committee, provided they are within the authorized current budget of the National AAU Karate Program....
I have taught you the secrets of Shotokan Karate, and you have become adequate warriors. You are now carriers of the kiving art of Shotokan Karate - for all martial arts are living arts they grow and change and conform to the needs of each generation of Sensei and disciple. As with all living things, some generations can be stronger or weaker than their ancestors. You must ensure that the living art of Shotokan never becomesweak. For our style to live on, you must one day share its secrets with others as I have shared them with you. First, however, you must prove yourselves fit to carry on my name and the style of Shotokan. Go into the world to test your knowledge by fire and blood. Should you survive long enough for your own beards to gray with age, then you will know that your Shotokan Karate is strong then you will know that you are worthy to teach the art. But if you should fall from the path, do not disgrace me by teaching your weak version of the art. Better that the style of...
The traditional, old-style karate point-winning target areas are the most dangerous, high-risk-of-injury body areas. These targets reflect the original objective of karate fighting for hand-to-hand warfare, as do the target areas used in fencing and in kendo matches. But in karate there are insufficient safeguards against accidental serious injury. The contest point targets in karate include head, throat and midbody. Some styles of karate allow the kidney region and the groin to be used as targets. Some karate contests award points for unopposed blows which come very close to the target but do not touch it. The no-contact rule is supposed to prevent injury. Some karate contests allow contact blows but require the contestants to wear protective gloves. But in both cases -- no-contact or contact -- the blows are delivered into the unprotected, highly vulnerable body targets. Accidental or deliberate contact means high risk of serious injury. If karate is to become a modern sport in the...
Despite its name, the Karate skill isn't exclusively associated with Karate styles (pp. 169-172). It's the generic skill of advanced unarmed striking. It constitutes part of any art that teaches a complete system of strikes with hands, elbows, knees, and feet - whether that style comes from Okinawa, ancient Greece, or Alpha Centauri. The damage bonus from Karate only applies when attacking with the Karate skill or one of its techniques. It never stacks with damage bonuses from Boxing or Brawling. At the GM's option, though, martial artists who gain Claws or Strikers as part of their training - or who belong to races with natural Claws or Strikers - may wield them with Karate to further enhance damage. To be able to apply Karate bonuses to biting damage, take the Biting Mastery perk (p. 49).
Martial Arts Style Goju-Ryu Karate is a form that dates after Shotokan and Shito-Ryu, in that order. To learn its early influences see the histories of those styles. Goju-Ryu emerged as a distinct style after the departure of Funakoshi, the creator of Shotokan, and Mabuni, the creator of Shito-Ryu to Japan. In their absence Chojun Miyagi became a leading figure in Okinawan Karate-jutsu, developing a style that combined the linear punches and raw power of Shotokan with holds and throws. The name Goju means hard-soft and represents the concept that rigidity and power are sometimes a detriment on the battlefield as is fluidity and gentleness. Thus Goju-Ryu seeks harmony between these philosophies in a complimentary fashion. Goju-Ryu is an extremely powerful offensive style whose definition of defense is disabling an opponent in the most efficient way possible.
Training is very hard and very competitive, with full-body contact in matches. Although protective body armor is worn initially, advanced students are expected to harden their bodies enough to take handle sparring strikes and kicks. All advanced teaching is done in Japan. Costume Standard Karate outfit. Note that even the most advanced Kyokushinkai artist will often prefer to wear the lowly white belt of the student.
Wado-Ryu's early history may be found in the history sections of Shotokan, Shito-Ryu Karate and Goju-Ryu Karate, respectively. Wado-Ryu, whose name means way of harmony was founded in 1934 by Hironori Ohtsuka. This style is a synthesis between Shotokan and Jujutsu Wado-Ryu Karate is a combination style containing elements of Shotokan Karate and Jujutsu.
There are many different stances taught in the various styles of karate. In traditional karate, stances are an important part of training and practice. For contest and tournament (the objective of most karate training) the stances are appropriate. It is my view that there are inherent drawbacks to karate stances for self-defense.
Karate is commonly used as a generic term for the many styles and substyles of Asian methods of hand and foot fighting. There are dozens of styles of Japanese karate. Among the Chinese styles are Shaolin temple boxing, pa kua, kung fu (gung fu). The Korean styles include tai kwan do and hapkido. Although all of the karate styles and methods use hand and foot blows as the principal techniques, there is considerable diversity among them in the manner of training, in the selection of preferred techniques, in the emphasis on either hand blows or foot blows, and in their utilization of prearranged routines (dances, kata) as practice procedures. Some styles of karate do not include tournament training. In the styles which do not prepare for contest matches, solo practice and performance of one-man and two-man routines constitute the training method. In some karate styles there is competition which consists of solo performance of routines to demonstrate the students' technical ability and...
When Okinawa was conquered by Japan in the 17th century, all manufacture and importation of weapons was forbidden. This led to both the use of innocuous farm implements as weapons (Kobujutsu, detailed above) and the clandestine study of Chinese unarmed fighting methods. This rudimentary martial arts style was called te, which means simply hand . This name was chosen because it was so common and innocuous, allowing discussion without drawing undue attention from watchful Japanese overlords. In 1903, when te was finally legalized and permitted to be taught in Okinawan schools (in order to improve the physical condition of Okinawan men so that they would make better conscripts in the Japanese army) the style was renamed karate-jutsu. Karate-jutsu roughly translates to China hand art a name that pays homage to the three influences of the art kara- (China) -te- (Okinawa) -jutsu (Japan). In 1922 Crown Prince (later Emperor) Hirohito witnessed a demonstration of Karate-jutsu, and was so...
Masutatsu Oyama is the creator of Kyokushin Karate. Born in Korea in 1923, Oyama began to study the martial arts at the age of nine. As the Second World War approached, Oyama moved to Japan and trained to become a pilot. While doing so he continued his study of the martial arts, studying Karate under the tutelage of Gichin Funakoshi, the founder of Shotokan Karate (see the Shotokan Karate entry for more information). Following WWII Oyama trained in Goju-ryu Karate under So Nei Chu, who was himself a student of Chojun Miyagi, that style's founder (see Goju-Ryu Karate for more information). Following a retreat to the mountains, during which Oyama trained for nearly three years in complete solitude, he began to tour and demonstrate his skills. During a yearlong trip through the United States, Oyama would accept any challenge as he traveled to dojo after dojo, and defeated all who opposed him, often with a single punch. Upon his return to Japan in 1953 he opened his first dojo in a vacant...
Karate has developed several distinctive substyles, although not nearly as many as Kung Fu or Pentjak-Silat. Most of these styles are not strikingly different none of them require the character to buy particular maneuvers before he can call himself a practitioner of that particular substyle. The most prominent Karate substyles include This style, which has both Japanese and Okinawan elements, relies primarily on hand techniques and low kicks. It was created by Kanryo Higashionna in the late 19th century. As the name goju ( hard-soft ) indicates, practitioners attempt to maintain a balance of hard and soft in their fighting styles, which gives this substyle a greater internal element than most Karate substyles. Many of Goju-ryu's techniques are circular (unlike most Karate styles, which tend to emphasize linear motion).
See the history of Shotokan for an early history of karate. After Gichin Funakoshi's demonstrations of his Shotokan style of Karate in Japan, interest and study of Karate had exploded. In 1930, Kenwa Mabuni, who had been a student under the same master as Funakoshi as a young man, was invited to Osaka to teach his style of Karate, known as Shito-Ryu, Shito containing one letter of each of Mabuni's teachers and ryu meaning school.
Developed in the 7th Century, this is the most ancient of the Korean Martial Arts. T'ang-Su, or T'ang hand, is the precursor to all forms of Karate. It's also the hardest Karate form, the one that holds damaging strength over speed or agility. Training combines martial art techniques with wilderness survival. Students often have to run through snow, climb mountains, and swim rivers, all while in their skimpy Karate outfits. Schools are found in both North and South Korea, usually in fairly remote regions. Costume White Karate outfit.
Isshin-Ryu is an Okinawan form of Karate that emphasizes circular flowing technique with more snap motions than most kinds of karate. It's also relatively new, founded in the 1950's, but popular enough to spread throughout the world. Many of its movements are taken from other forms and it is flexible enough to continue the borrowing process. Costume Karate outfit with optional school patch worn on left side of the chest. The Bo Staff is often personalized with a bit of carving and or with some leather hand grips. They can also be painted, varnished or stained in different colors. Stance Feet shoulder-width apart, forward foot pointing slightly away from the body, rear foot pointing towards the rear. One arm tight against the waist, the other loosely extended, both hands clenched in fists. Note that the fist is somewhat different, with the thumb wrapped over the top of the clenched fist rather than toward the palm. A fairly soft form of karate that emphasizes the idea of movement over...
Goju-Ryu Karate is a form that dates after Shotokan and Shito-Ryu, in that order. To learn its early influences see the histories of those styles. Goju-Ryu emerged as a distinct style after the departure of Funakoshi, the creator of Shotokan, and Mabuni, the creator of Shito-Ryu to Japan. In their absence Chojun Miyagi became a leading figure in Okinawan Karate-jutsu, developing a style that combined the linear punches and raw power of Shotokan with holds and throws. The name Goju means hard-soft and represents the concept that rigidity and power are sometimes a detriment on the battlefield as is fluidity and gentleness. Thus Goju-Ryu seeks harmony between these philosophies in a complimentary fashion. Goju-Ryu is an extremely powerful offensive style whose definition of defense is disabling an opponent in the most efficient way possible.
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1.1 The purpose of the National AAU Karate Program is to augment and define the International Karate Sports Rules and to expand and make available the AAU Karate Program to men and women of all ages in the United States. 1.2 The mission of the National AAU Karate Program is to offer lifelong progression of amateur Karate-do for persons of all ages, races and creeds to enhance the physical, mental and moral development of amateur athletes to provide an avenue for competition on a local and national level and to provide the opportunity for AAU athletes to compete at Goodwill, Pan-American, World Cup and World Championships to integrate a curriculum that will encourage our athletes to choose a drug-free lifestyle to implement a ranking and certification program to showcase AAU Karate champions, instructors, coaches, officials as role models to utilize the Disney AAU alliance to boost AAU Karate as the premiere karate organization of the 21st century and to promote good sportsmanship,...
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Sessions, both as a target and while holding a focus mitt. Despite being a black-belt member of three karate organizations, with additional judo and wing chun experience, I've had almost no luck blocking this technique. It has speed, power and deception, and you don't have to be an Olympic athlete to throw it. You just need the right timing and body mechanics. future issue of Black Belt. It promises to present cutting-edge information and never-before-revealed insights that will supercharge your fighting skill and knowledge base. Karate Way Column Was Disrespectful The only part of it I dislike is the Karate Way column by Dave Lowry. I understand that he's very passionate about his subject, and that's good. The problem is, he often uses rude language and just seems bitter. His recent essay, titled Masters, was disrespectful to anyone who disagrees with him. This letter is in response to a letter titled All Martial Arts Not From India written by Kenneth Tennyson in the April 2006 issue...
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About the title of this column, that is. The thought of me giving tips for tournament displays of karate kata is almost laughable. The last time I competed in a tournament of any kind was back in the early 1970s, before many of you were alive. And it was judo, not karate. And it was an entirely different world. First, it seems that weapons kata has become a standard feature of the Great American Karate Tournament. This is interesting inasmuch as most of the spectators and presumably all the participants know that karate means empty hands. But it's not so much the stretching of the meaning of karate that seems odd as it is the misuse of the term weapons. Weapons, as I understand them, are tools used
220.127.116.11.1 Compulsory team KATA competition is an optional division that is used for International Federation competition. This category of team competition shall not be used to determine the AAU National Karate Championship team, but rather be utilized in team selection for the appropriate International Federation competitions. 12.7.5 Except in compulsory KATA (SHITEI) competition, a perceived addition, omission, or modification of a move shall not be grounds for penalty, provided that the KATA remains true to the standards of Japanese Okinawan traditional karate-do. However, unseemly pauses, gestures of frustration, backtracking, failure to finish the KATA or other indications of confusion will be penalized. 18.104.22.168 Mandatory style specific competition shall be restricted to traditional Okinawan and Japanese based Karate Styles. 22.214.171.124 .1 Mandatory Shotokan -AAU USA Shotokan 126.96.36.199 .2 Mandatory Shito Ryu -AAU USA Shito Ryu 188.8.131.52 .3 Mandatory Shorin Ryu -AAU USA Shorin Ryu...
It is the aim of the Amateur Athletic Union National Karate Committee to maintain the highest standards of officiating in order to promote fairness and good sportsmanship at Karate competitions and tournaments. 10.3.1.5 Minimum karate rank of 2nd degree black belt. 10.4.1.3 Participated at one AAU National Karate Championship as a table volunteer. 10.4.1.5 Minimum karate rank of first degree black belt. 10.8.1 Purpose and Function. It is the aim of the Amateur Athletic Union National Karate Committee to establish and develop a Junior Official's program to faciliate the smooth operation of each championship. The National Referee's Council, with the approval of the National Executive Committee, will determine the requirements and officiating capacity for all Junior Officials. 11.1 Purpose and Function. It is the aim of the Amateur Athletic Union National Karate Committee to maintain the highest standards in coaching, managing and training in order to enhance...
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The karate knife is a little different from a regular knife because of its construction. There should be a blade guard for protecting the hand of the user from the blade, as well as for grip- ping purposes, and a finger spot which the little finger wraps around when holding the knife for defense. This finger spot is on the blade, but is smooth and will not cut the hand. The handle should be very hard, for it is also used for striking, and the blade should be double bladed at the end, for cutting and slashing forward or backwards, but not double all the way down, for the protection of the user and for blocks.
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It was a pleasure to read about Chuck Norris' new World Combat League in the July 2006 issue of Black Belt. Terry L. Wilson did a fine job reporting on what is sure to be an exciting new venue for martial arts competition. I hope it's a success both at the gate and on Norris has done so much for the martial arts that he should be inducted into the Black Belt Hall of Fame. I hereby nominate him. Editor's Note That's a fine idea, but Chuck Norris is already in the Black Belt Hall of Fame three times. In 1968 he was named Competitor of the Year, and in 1975 he was inducted as
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The bo is an excellent weapon but one of the more impractical ones because of its size. It is a piece of hard wood about six feet in length, and therefore cannot be easily concealed or carried in a car or on your person. Still, it has remained a favorite karate weapon for years because of its versatility and beauty when used in the hands of a master.
Andrew Hahn, a seventh-degree black belt in taekwondo, says phooey to all the skeptics The general misconception out there is that you can't kick from close range. That's just not true, unless you don't know how to kick or are unwilling to learn. When kicking becomes good, it can happen at any range. Highly trained martial artists will make their kicks work at any distance.
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Shannon Lee Keasler's efforts to preserve andpropagate Jun Fan jeet kune do, the art founded by her father Bruce Lee, are well-known to the readers of Black Belt. What aren't as well-known are her plans for expanding the role the Bruce Lee Foundation plays in the dissemination of information about the Little Dragon and his fighting art. To remedy that, Black Belt proudly presents the complete story, straight from the source. Editor Black Belt What's the first new thing hasn't been too informative or interac- Bruce Lee Foundation Black Belt's 2nd Annual Festival of Martial
How fast should characters learn new martial arts In the real world, the normal practitioner can earn a black belt in an average of four years. In the HERO System, that corresponds to an expenditure of only three or four Character Points per year on Martial Arts maneuvers and skills, far too slow for most adventure genre purposes. However, also in the real world, some legitimate martial arts champions have earned their black belts in much less time one famed heavyweight full-contact karate champion earned his in only seven months, which is more like spending two Character Points per month on Martial Arts maneuvers and Skills. PCs who begin play with a black belt's worth of maneuvers, Skills and Elements, therefore, can be presumed to have taken anywhere from half a year to four years to earn their belts.
-Fist of Legend, 1994 Martial or combative arts are trained schools of hand-to-hand combat karate, kung-fu, tai-chi, and other Oriental schools of combat. Most people also consider Greco-Roman wrestling, boxing, and fencing to be forms of the martial arts, as well. For the d20 Modern Roleplaying Game, all these constitute either Combat Martial Arts or Defensive Martial Arts. Brawling, on the other hand, represents countless schoolyard scuffles, barroom brawls, and back alley fights. Brawlers are tough, but they aren't formally trained.
A firearm beats a black belt every time .at distances beyond about six feet (many police departments extend the threat range of a melee combatant as far as twenty-five feet). In the d20 Modern Roleplaying Game, this is represented by the attacks of opportunity taken by gun fighters when shooting while in a threatened area. The advantages of firearms are
Contrary to longstanding urban legend, black belts don't have to register their hands as deadly weapons. This myth is traceable to publicity stunts before professional boxing matches and to outlandish claims made in the movies. Nowhere in the modern world is there a legal requirement for trained martial artists to register with the authorities. Ultimately, the police, magistrates, judges, jury, etc., who examine the events leading up to a fight or an assault may or may not see things from the martial artist's perspective . . . and it's their judgment that counts. Lethal force or even unnecessary nonlethal force can mean prison time. The GM should keep all this in mind if the PCs in a modern-day campaign get too karate happy.
So, if you approach the tales of the karate masters as wonderful Asian folklore - fine The problem is that too many people believe that they are factual. The chilling tale of the karate master with the power to reach into a human body and pluck out the heart or spine can only be taken as legend. It is patently absurd to think of proving or disproving it. Better to leave it where it belongs, along with the exploits of Paul Bunyan and John Henry.
I have met several karate and shaolin instructors who practise and teach bagua as a profitable sideline. And, in the vast majority of cases, their internal arts are anything but Similarly, those students who have done yoga or meditation training of one kind or another or any of the New Age body mind disciplines may spend too much time trying to compare what they are learning to what they already know (or think they know). While I don't insist that you immediately stop training in any discipline or martial hard style in order to learn bagua from me, you will eventually reach a point when you must choose the path that best suits you. Human nature is such that the average student usually resists and resents this need to start over. I have been faced with such a need several times, and it is never an easy task on any level. There is a world of difference between baguazhang and taijiquan, not to mention Goju Karate, Hung Gar, or Wing-Chun.
Example Kanjo Tosho knows Karate Art at 16 and learns Jump Kick (p. 75). Jump Kick defaults to Karate-4, so it also defaults to Karate Art-4. His default is 12. He improves this to default+3, giving him Jump Kick (Karate Art) at 15. This is mainly for show - it looks great However, Tosho also has Karate at 15, so default+3 means he could use Jump Kick (Karate) at 14 in a real fight. And with Karate Sport at 14, he could even try Jump Kick (Karate Sport) at 13 in competition. Tosho's player decides which one of the three appears on his character sheet, but he only pays points to improve one technique.
Northern Leg combat techniques involve constant movement, often leaping vertically or horizontally. They combine low and high kicks, and depend on an excellent sense of balance. Northern Leg does teach punches and arm blocks, but emphasizes the use of the legs. Numerous styles of kung fu and karate exemplify Northern Leg, and even the French art of savate can be modeled using Northern Leg.
The nationally ranked weightlifter, Igor Sukhotsky, is a crazy who took up full contact karate at the age of forty-five and proceeded to dramatically kick butt. As a prominent sports scientist, Sukhotsky also did extensive research on physical conditioning for military personnel. His master's thesis was on optimal strength training for young men getting ready for service. He concluded that a soldier must have an iron back and legs that never quit so he can carry his gear and, if necessary, a wounded comrade, up the side of a mountain. I emphasize not the biceps which look so good on the beach, but the back and legs. The official lifts of girevoy sport perfectly fit this bill.
Karate This style, under the name of te ( hand ), was developed in Okinawa over a period of many centuries. This process was accelerated after the 17th-century conquest of Okinawa by Japan and subsequent laws banning weapons and martial arts. Te's development incorporated use of ordinary farming implements, such as the threshing nunchaku and scythelike kama, which were not banned. Karate ( empty hand ) was not popularized in Japan until the 20th century, but it is not too much of a stretch to assume that a Japan-like fantasy culture will have a style like karate. Ninjutsu The martial art style of the ninja developed gradually in parallel to the ninja's espionage art. It is a deceptive style with hard and soft elements, a style in which it is as important to be able to throw down an opponent and run away as it is to damage him. A character proficient in Style Analysis can make a nonweapon proficiency check to determine that a ninja is using ninjutsu. It is therefore useful for a...
Southern Fist combat techniques vary from short punches to sweeping blows and circular blocks. They rely on circular hip movements to develop power for the blows and to evade incoming attacks. Southern Fist does teach kicks and leg blocks, but emphasizes the use of hands and arms. Numerous styles of kung fu and karate can be modeled using Southern Fist, as can Indonesian martial arts like pentjak silat.
In academics this can be seen in the ABD who enjoys the teaching but never finishes his or her dissertation and ends up in the junior ranks of professors, or is not granted tenure after four or five years of excellent teaching. In religion this is the con man who claims the calling and fakes the healing and establishes systems for adulation and worship rather than giving guidance from his own experience of becoming. In the martial arts this is represented by the shodan who teaches as if he or she were a master because in the eye of the public a black belt represents mastery, but
Now I never left the KUGB because it was a bad association, infact I think that it is one of the finest associations in the world run by some of the finest martial artists in the world (just put my cheque in the post lads), I didn't leave because I was a disgruntled member on the contrary, the standards were high and everyone was happy with it. I left because I had found my own direction, my own way and so I followed my heart and did my own thing, as I am still doing today. But if I had stayed where I was because of the locals that thought I was selling out I'd have still been an average Karate man in a very big association - change is sense not sacrilege. So break a few rules, search for new techniques, explore, expand and get exited about how much there is out there to learn - my only worry now is whether my life time is going to be long enough to fit in all the things that I haven't quite learned yet. I digress-the upper 4 1 4.
Provided that the GM does not feel that this would be unbalancing to the campaign, this is perfectly acceptable. However, just like Extra DC (see below), 3-point Combat Skill Levels with a hand-to-hand style do not add to any ranged maneuvers in that style, and vice-versa. Five-point levels with a particular style (not with Hand-To-Hand Fighting, with a specific style, such as Karate) will add to both hand-to-hand and ranged maneuvers in that style.
Activity-spccific (or related) warm-up occurs with a low-intensity version of the activity that is to follow. Examples of activity-spccific warm-up include a slow jog prior to a long run slow cycling in preparation for a cycling event or slow karate moves prior to practicc. A related warm-up starts out slowly and progresses to more intense activity. Depending on the intensity of exercise to be performed, a warm-up of anywhere between 10 -30 minutes may be required the greater the intensity of the workout, the longer the warm-up.
If you have two or more functional legs, you can try to ward off a blow to your lower body (feet, legs, or groin) by parrying with a foot or a leg instead of a hand or a weapon. Use your full Brawling or Karate Parry score. There's no special penalty - although Brawling parries have the usual -3 against swung weapons - but there are several drawbacks
The internal styles are internal because one 'owns' the style. It is not a case of taking some movements and then putting those movements onto one's body. It is a case of the forms changing to suit every body shape and so everyone will do the forms slightly differently. When we are attacked, we do not say that you must use this or that technique. You must simply react with whatever technique or 'non-technique' that your subconscious mind says to use. If we're forced to do the physical forms exactly the same way that some dead master dictated, then we have nothing more than a karate type kata where every movement has to be exactly the same as it was founded.
The Irritable Student character should be built with high physical characteristics and a minimal amount of maneuvers (give him the minimum black belt equivalent Three maneuvers valued at 10 points or more total, an 8- roll with his art, and the Style Disadvantage). He often has no other useful skills and usually has a Psychological Limitation such as Aggressively Impatient Common, Strong (15 pts).
In the traditional master-student relationship, a master parcels out information and experience according to his or her perception cf the student's readiness to receive. Master Sherm Harrill spent years on the karate basics in Okinawa. Shimabuku gave him scrolls when he left for the States. The master had rewarded and recognized his sincerity. It took Sherm years to figure out what he'd been given. It helps to have a translator when you're dealing good ninja stuff. We became friends as he seemed to think I was wise and worth cultivating even though I was a lowly, old, and decrepit white belt in ninjutsu. 1 began to show this godlike black belt little ways to improve his already prodigious skills. He took my clues and covered ground in months that had taken me years to research. He has a very high IQ and learns fast. He would reciprocate by showing me how to improve my physical techniques. We had a great time teaching each other. (We still do.) Hatsumi would ask him, Who is the...
Wang Shu Jin was very well known for taking full force blows to the belly from martial artists in Taiwan, Karateka in Japan, and even Western Boxers. It is said that Jack Dempsey once tried Wang's belly. Zhou Yi Sen said that in Japan there was a Karate practitioner that was famous for his ability to break 20 roof tiles with one strike. He hit Wang's stomach and bounced off like he was hitting a tire inner tube. Although Wang's martial arts practice obviously helped him develop this skill, Zhou Yi Sen said that because Wang worked as a carpenter when he was young, he was naturally very strong before he even started practicing martial arts. When he began martial arts practice, that natural strength he had as a youth blossomed. Zhou said that Wang practiced very hard. Wang told Zhou that when practicing on the mainland they practiced five hours everyday and the rule Zhang Zhao Dong made them adhere to was that during the course of the practice session they were not allowed to become...
Philosophy The character has an understanding of the philosophical side of his art. Most Eastern martial arts have a very important philosophical side to them, often grounded in Buddhism. This is seldom important in an action-adventure game, though wise practitioners of the art are often inclined to baffle young adventurers with cryptic riddles and metaphors, which a successful Knowledge Skill roll can help unravel. Personalities The character knows major practitioners of the art, at least by name and reputation. If the art is practiced as a sport (for example, karate has a full-contact sport as a sideline), the character will know who the current champions and contenders are with a successful Skill Roll. In modern-day campaigns, he will also know what they look like due to magazines covering the art. Schools The character can, with a successful roll, recognize the precise style of another practitioner of the same art. One karateka (karate practitioner) observing another in combat can...
Lets me say one thing before we start learning our stances, blocks, kicks, strikes. I AM NOT A BLACK BELT in Karate or anything else. I have taken about 3 weeks of Karate and that is it. These stances, kicks, blocks, strike that you see, WILL NOT BE PERFECT, for a very good reason. The average kid will never have taken Karate and will do the techniques like me doing
This is the state known as no-mind in the writing of Miyamoto Musashi, the famous Zen swordsman, who survived over sixty duels in feudal Japan and died peacefully in his bed. Having accomplished this, one need only apply it to proper movement. In olden times it was said one must already be a Yudansha (Black Belt) to study Ninjitsu. That is because at this level, one must return to one's original teachings and apply the principles of movement to them. All martial arts teach meditation on the Hara, but few know why. It is because, for proper movement, the waist must move first. One could learn any style or system and miss this important lesson. Having learned it, however, one returns to the practice forms with renewed interest and enthusiasm. Thus there is nothing new to learn, only further understanding.
The key differences are the level of relaxation and consequently, the levels of muscle activity, In an internal system the level of relaxation is much greater than in an external system such as Karate. Muscle performance becomes more efficient when the muscles start from a state of relaxation as opposed to tension. It is easier for a muscle to go from relaxed to contracted, than from contracted to relaxed to contracted again. Energy consumption is also lower in the internal arts for the same reason.
If this is your Primary Martial Art Form, then the following other forms can be learned in a shorter time Jujutsu (4 years), Isshin-Ryu Karate (4 years), Zanji Shinjinken-Ryu (5 years). Special Notes Unless noted above, any Martial Art that teaches a Philisophical Skill will take 1 more year to learn. This is due to the Duelist's pragmatic outlook and its effect on the philosophy ofthe fighter. Should the game be run in its correct historical time period, or in a fantasy setting, drop the Research skill above and add an extra +1 to strike and parry.
Few areas of training can define martial arts spirit more clearly than sparring. From 1984 until about 1989 I was training three times a week in a dark, nasty boxing gym with American karate legend Joe Lewis. The only reason we would miss the workouts was the scheduling challenges his seminars sometimes presented. The fighting was hard, brutal and as intense as you can imagine climbing into a 12 foot by 12 foot ring with the man named as the greatest fighter in the history of karate could be. He taught me that the fighting should be as real as possible. He also confirmed my opinion that point karate had little value in instilling the tenacity or attitudinal conditioning necessary to go three rounds with anybody, which we agreed should be a minimum standard for a professional black belt. My motivation has always been as a teacher, not a fighter or champion. Even though at the same time I was traveling to Europe regularly to compete with the United States Karate Team, I've never had a...
Shotokan Karate stylists practice the basics of the style over and over again. The katas of Shotokan can be intricate, but the followers of this style tend to rely on simple moves rather than flashy ones. This reliance on the basics does not make them less dangerous, but more, as they react with well practised speed. Costume Standard Karate Gi
Routine One is more for the boxer karate tae-kwondo fighter, the punchers and kickers of the fighting arts, whereas Routine Two will be better suited to the grappling arts. If your art involves all ranges, and it should, then you could use both of the following routines, or a combination of the two.
We have, in Britain, had a fairly long exposure to and contact with various oriental martial arts dating from the 1900's and 1920's with Ju Jutsu and later Judo. In the early sixties we saw the arrival of Karate and subsequently Aikido. In the seventies and eighties we had Taekwondo, Hapkido, Wing Chun, T'ai Chi (of the mainly exercise variety) and many other styles. As regards the Japanese and Korean styles we have been able to receive training at the highest levels and many world class masters are now based in Britain. But the same cannot be said for the Chinese styles except for a few exceptions. As for Pa Kua, martial artists had heard or read of it but rarely if ever had an opportunity to see or actually learn any of this recondite style.
The Principle of Sucker Punching holds that one should keep a firm grip on the victim so that he can't get away and so that he can be pulled into the punches as they land to increase their impact. Usually, this takes the form of grabbing a handful of shirt and hanging on. But, hair, belts, or, in this case, the offending limb, may also be used to secure the enemy. Those who study Shotokan Karate know this method well. The left hand is used to strike the opponent on the chest with a block to stop him, then his ghi (uniform) is seized and he is pulled into the right fist as it is thrown from the hip to double the impact. Sonny Chiba in his biographical film about Mas Oyama, founder of the Kyoku-shinkai system demonstrated this practice method when depicting Oyama alternately blocking then striking a tree in this manner until it withered, died and fell over from the punishment. Took about two years, but then Oyama Sensei had a hand weapon of considerable repute. Which enabled him to kill...
As World War II burst upon the Corps, individuals and units were developing specialized training based upon the experiences of Marines from the inter-war years. This included exposure of Marines to far eastern martial arts systems such as judo and karate. These various systems such as Combat Hittings Skills, the O'Niel System and those of the Marines Raiders were employed by Marines during the island hopping campaigns. Additionally, the rapid expansion of the Marine Corps saw a refinement of our character and leadership development programs.
If a character has bought 3-point Skill Levels with a single martial art (say, Karate), and has purchased a Weapons Element for that art (for example, to use Karate Weapons with the Karate maneuvers), the character can use those Skill Levels with weapons used with the martial arts maneuvers.
Tom Bisio began his martial arts career studying Tae Kwon Do at a local YMCA when he was 14 and then he subsequently started studying Ishin Kempo Karate when he was 15 years old. He continued to practice this art while in High School. When he went to college, Tom began searching for an Arnis instructor because he had read a magazine article about Arnis and the art interested him. He eventually found an ad in Inside Kung Fu which told of an Arnis class being given at the Filipino Consulate in New York City. He went to the Consulate to inquire about the class and found that Leo Gaje was teaching a small group in a courtyard on the roof of the Consulate building. He began taking this class when he was 19 years old.
As the enemy steps forward with his right foot, step out with your left. This places you in a karate frontal stance, with your left side to the enemy. The arms remain as before the left fist is tensed and will act as Mu-Te or Striking Hand, while the right hand shields the body. These steps must be executed quickly and lightly they also must be synchronized with the enemy's steps so that he does not hear you.
Oyama Masutatsu was born Yong I-Choi in Korea in 1923. At age 15, he moved to Japan, hoping to become a military pilot. Life as a Korean in Japan was difficult, though, and his dreams of aviation fell away. He took the name Oyama after the family he lived with and began to train in Karate under Funakoshi Gichin (p. 23). He made rapid progress, having trained in Chinese martial arts while in Korea. He was a nidan (second-degree black belt) by age 18, when he joined the military. After World War II, Oyama started to study Goju Ryu (pp. 170-171). He also took up Judo (p. 166), achieving yon-dan (fourth-degree black belt) after only four years. Oyama's life changed yet again after killing a knife-wielding attacker with a single strike to the head. Taking a life left him distraught. He supported the dead man's widow and children by working on their farm until they were able to take care of themselves. He then retreated into the mountains for a year and a half, meditating and developing his...
A hammer blow or elbow blow is used to strike into this area. In karate training, kicking into this area is commonly taught as a self-defense tactic. I do not favor this because of the high level of skill required and because the risk of injury from a kick is considerably more than from a hand blow.
The former method tends to be effective only for beginners or athletes who are significantly deconditioned due to a long layoff from training. At this stage, simply practicing the various techniques and elements of a chosen sport will be sufficient to develop the various qualities needed to excel at that sport. For example, a beginning karate student can improve leg strength and flexibility by simply practicing front kicks. However, before long, this approach is no longer effective at developing the qualities just discussed, and specialized training to develop them must be introduced. Incidentally, this specialized training is often incorrectly referred to as cross-training, which gives the erroneous impression that training for strength, endurance, or any of the various other bio-motor abilities is an option rather than a necessity. If all of this sounds foreign or a bit intimidating, consider this the traditional belt system of martial arts schools are in fact a form of...
Years later when Suzanne and I were playing in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, I saw a statue of Shiva and this piece of the puzzle fell into place. Ah well, I missed my chance to speak with a god. Shiva's posture is similar to Hicho no Kamae (karate kid's white crane) in ninjutsu. This whole thing was stretching to the limit what my first wife, Martha, used to refer to as your fucking Zen Buddhist calm There weren't any stress management techniques for dealing with these life events. And the dance had only just begun. I was still locked in position, morning had come and gone as a still, small voice began to speak to me. Oh, your neck hurts well, look at your eyelids. I could see a holograph of my skull and neck bones as if it were an X-ray, except when I moved my head the holograph replicated the movement. See the damage here. That's high school football, and this one, that's karate. Now stick out your arm, turn your hand over and shift your shoulder this way. The vertebrae...
Casey was born in the mid-40's and at the age of nine began his martial arts training in jujitsu. In the next thirty plus years, Casey would study Shorinyu Karate, Chinese and Okinawan Kempo, various Shaolin Arts, Qin Na, Shuai Jiao, Wing Chun, Fukien White Crane, Wa Lu, Tai Ji Quan, Ba Gua Zhang, and Xing Yi Quan.
Routine One was more for the boxer karate tae-kwondo fighter, the kickers and punchers of the fighting arts, whereas Routine Two is more suited to the grappling arts. As previously stated, if your art involves all ranges as it should, then you could use both routines, or a combination of the two.
With one fingertip, martial artists can punch a hole in a coconut. One night karate master I tosu was awakened by noises at the wooden front gate of his home. From the sounds, he could tell that someone was trying to pick the lock. With one blow he punched a hole in the thick wood and seized the wrist of the would-be burglar. The hole was perfectly round there had been no shattering. Karate experts have won arm wrestling contests using only their little finger. They claim that they were really at an advantage since using only one finger enabled them to concentrate their full strength in only one small area Applying shuchu-ryoku, if the martial artist is launching a blow with his right hand he puts no strength in his left, for this would reduce the power in his right.
Over the years I had worked out with people from other styles and I've tried to absorb some things, but I stuck with San Soo until I got my 8th degree black belt in 1983. After Xu Hong Ji passed away, I started studying with his son, Xu Zhen Wang 0i). I stayed with him for about another three years. He taught me privately for the first year and after that he reopened his father's school so that I would get experience teaching. He also taught classes at several of the Universities. The university students would come and I would help Xu Zhen Wang lead classes and teach students. I eventually got my black belt in the Tang Shou Tao system of Xing Yi from Xu Hong Ji's son, Xu Zhen Wang.
Further training teaches additional holds, as well as releases from the holds. Specific defenses, immobilization techniques, and throws are also added to the curriculum. As the student gains skill, weapons training begins using knife, staff, club and nunchaku. As the black belt level is reached, training with rifles having fixed bayonets is taught, based on the military roots of the system. There are two systems to descripe the level of student. First is Judo based belt system, where all students begin as white belts and can move up to yellow, orange, green, blue, brown, and then black belt. 1st-5th Dan Black Belt Advanced material including 6th Dan Black Belt & Up Recognition of services to the Practitioner 1 & 2 equals Yellow belt. Practitioner 3 & 4 equals Orange belt Practitioner 5 & Graduate 1 equals Green belt. Graduate 2 & 3 equals Blue belt. Graduate 4 & 5 Brown belt Expert 1 -3 equals Black belt 1-3 dan Expert 4 -5 equals Black belt 4-5 dan Master 1 - 3
Campbell Camper Walker was extremely skilled in the kicking techniques and also nunchakus (Okinawan karate weapon developed in China). As I taught him throwing and joint locking, he taught me different footwork and karate sticks. We spent a lot of time figuring out how to defeat each other's favorite techniques. As we were more friends than student and teacher, a lot cf our interaction included talking about books, life in general, and what was important to him at his age. He was a guest at my home and reciprocated. I was having such a good time playing warrior with Camper that I decided to systematize what I had learned over the years into an intelligent, challenging course. At the end of the year I'd broken down the belt system into a self-defense course plus readings which would take approximately six semesters to achieve a black belt if you were smart and normally athletic. When I showed it to Camper he informed me I'd left out the most important part. During our search of the...
I was out of Okinawa, and I continued the standing and the breathing and the stretching and several moves that he had shown me to use for when I went in for a prisoner snatch. These techniques proved to be very effective. When you go in for a prisoner snatch, as soon as you get your hands on the enemy you got to take him down fast. That is what he showed me, and the moves worked. Up to that point in time in the Special Forces we had studied Okinawan Karate and the hand-to-hand combat that came out of World War II and Korea. It wasn't bad, but this was a lot better. So I knew that Xu Hong Ji (center) with Chin Ming Shan (left), a black belt at Hong Yi Xiang school who followed Xu when Xu broke from Hong, and Mike Bingo (right), in Taipei, 1971. the 40's and 50's and studying over there. It was good stuff, part of my training, but I kept hearing about this mind or meditation ability. Basically, your attitude has to be that when you walk through the valley of...
Used With Karate Weapons Group Karate Weapons Element is Free The traditional Karate uniform is the gi it is also used by many other martial arts practitioners. The gi consists of the uwagi, or long-sleeved jacket, and zubon, or trousers. The obi, or belt, is colored the color indicates the wearer's rank. Originally the standard gi was beige today the standard gi is white. Professional Karate fighters wear gloves, foot-and-shin armor, and loose pants rather like warm-up pants. They also wear athletic cups. Male Karate professionals go bare-chested. The Knifehand Strike maneuver above may also be interpreted as the Spearhand Strike, a thrusting maneuver. The Knifehand Strike was for decades popularly known in America as the karate chop. Special Abilities Karate is not surrounded by mysticism the way much of Kung Fu is, but master karateka can still perform amazing feats. One technique sometimes developed by Karate masters is a rapid-fire punching ability that can be simulated with an...
In some Karate sparring matches, this is the only target permitted for attack, and controlled techniques are applied for safety. It takes only eight pounds of pressure the amount needed to break a 12 x 12 inch white or yellow pine board with the grain of the wood, to stun an opponent by striking this point. Such a blow will cause temporary dysfunction of the diaphragm but leave no permanent injury.
Glen Gurman (also known by his Taoist name, Bai Guang Tao) started his martial arts at age 17, in the art of Isshinryu Karate. He was taught by a senior student of karate's living legend Don Nagle. After earning his black belt he was exposed to the fascinating art of Ba Gua by a senior student of Bo Sim Mark. Greatly inspired by this mysterious Kung Fu he began his study of this system. It was during this time that he met Leung Kay Chi, disciple of Ba Gua great Liu Yun Chiao. For many years he took weekly private lessons and was the only student to do so. During this time he was also required to learn Northern Shaolin, Chen and Yang family Tai chi. Specializing in Ba Gua he has spent a great deal of time in its practice and research. Desiring to learn as deeply as possible, he began another study with Daniel Farber senior Ba Gua student of Adam Hsu who is also a disciple of Liu. Gurman is a full time Physician of Traditional Chinese Medicine as well as an American herbalist. He is the...
KARATE, JUJITSU & ATEMI-WAZA Martial arts is an omnibus term used to designate many different styles of weaponless fighting as well as systems of armed fighting. As the term is now used, it refers only to those fighting styles which developed in Asian countries. It would be more accurate to include among the martial arts the skills which were originally used for combat regardless of the country or region in which they were developed. Fencing, wrestling, boxing and archery are martial arts in exactly the same sense that judo, kendo, karate, aikido and kung fu are martial arts. There are literally hundreds of styles and substyles of the weaponless martial arts but there is a relatively small group of techniques utilized in all of them. The major groups of techniques are Grappling and bending and twisting the joints (judo, aikido, wrestling) throwing and tripping and takedowns (judo, wrestling) hand blows (boxing) hand and foot blows (karate, jujitsu, kung fu, savate, atemi-waza, Tai...
While Deisher was in Japan he taught English two hours a day, five days a week to make enough money to support himself. He also studied the Japanese language along with his study of Go and Aikido. He eventually became very proficient in the language, earned a black belt in Aikido, and earned a similar dan ranking in Go.
Fu Yung-Hui was already teaching at Chung Shan University in 1934 at the age of 27. When his father died in 1953, he took on the responsibility of propagating Fu Style T'ai Chi Ch'uan and Pa Kua Chang. In addition to instructing many new students, Fu Yung-Hui systematized the Dragon Shape Pa Kua teaching and raised the level of practice. In systematizing the Pa Kua Chang, Fu Yung-Hui took what he had learned from his father and divided it into three sets. The first set, known as Yang Pa Kua, is mostly kang, or hard. This is the first, or basic, set and consists of eight sections which can each be expanded to include over 80 movements in the complete set. The hands are kept in the palm shape and the k'ou pu paipu footwork is employed to change direction. This set is not hard like Karate, but it has a expressive intent and the movements are more athletic (high kicks, etc.).
Special Attacks Body Block Tackle, Crush Squeeze, Pin Incapacitate, Knee, Elbow, Forearm, Choke, Death Blow, Combination Parry Attack, Power Block Parry, Combination Grab Kick, Drop Kick, Combination Grab Head Bash (2D6 damage, see T'ang-Su Karate), Scottish Defense (Special ) The Scottish Defense, named so because of its popularity among the Picts, simply means leaping onto one's opponent's weapon in such a way that one will take a non-lethal hit. This results in the Barbarian Scotsman being able to use their own weapon with impunity. Like a Simultaneous Attack, neither side can dodge or parry the blows. The Barbarian, though, takes only half damage from the other side's attack. Holds Locks Body Hold, Neck Hold Choke
Minor representation of it (a good example of how to use this theme as a subplot rather than the main plot) can be seen in The Legend of Drunken Master, in which Jackie Chan meets the mysterious Man Chu Minister early in the movie and fights him, only to meet him again later in the movie and be recruited by him. For an excellent example of how to make this campaign theme thoroughly modern (and decidedly less mystical), rent The Karate Kid. Mister Miyagi puts his prospective student through hell but eventually rewards him with both martial arts training and spiritual harmony. This is the essence of the Legendary Master. Another example of this theme in a science fiction setting is Obi-Wan Kenobi from Star Wars. In Star Wars, this theme is blended with the Fallen Master as well (see Revenge below).
Morris is an elected member of The World Martial Arts Hall of Fame. Dr. Morris was granted the title Oshihan by the Board of Directors of the Bun Bu-Ichi Zendo Budo Bugei Rem-mei in 1991. In 1992 he was given the rank of Shichidan (seventh dan, black belt or nanaedan) in Bujinkan Ninpo. He has been ranked rokudan (sixth dan, black belt) in Nihon Karate Jujut-su and in 1990 passed the sword test for godan (fifth dan) in the legendary Togakure Ryu. He was personally given a Shidoshi's license in Bujinkan Ninpo by grandmaster Masaaki Hatsumi-Soke and 34th linear grandmaster of the oldest surviving school of combatic strategy in the world. Togakure Ryu ninjutsu has an unbroken lineage extending back to the eleventh century. at Wayne State. He completed a Doctor of Science in Psychology and Polemikology at Eurotechnical Research University and is Dean of General Academics for the recently founded Rockwell School of Applied Arts and Sciences degree programs for black belt-holding...
Weapons Allowed Chain weapons, rope weapons, lash weapons, axes (using shafts), clubbing weapons, flails, karate weapons (using shafts), picks (using shafts), sickles, staves, bladed poles (using shafts), and spears (using shafts) tight groups. Weapons Allowed medium blades, oriental blades, short blades, chain weapons, rope weapons, lash weapons, axes, clubbing weapons, flails, karate weapons, picks, sickles, staves, and spears tight groups. Characters using sai or jitte weapons receive a +2 bonus to hit with the locking block maneuver. Weapons Allowed chain weapons, rope weapons, lash weapons, clubbing weapons, karate weapons, staves, and spears (using shaft) tight groups.
As well as the classical circular form, Yen Te-hwa who learned from Chou Hsiang (1861- ) who in turn learned from Cheng Ting-hwa, formulated a fighting or linear form which placed more emphasis upon the fighting aspects of the art. Here we are able to see how the martial techniques work and we are able to put them together with a partner to form a two person learning aid, something akin to Kumite from karate.
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