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By Charles Rhodes, P. Eng., Ph. D.

The following terms are specific to this web site.

1) "Loading" is a term coined by Malcolm Fisher that refers to accumulation of a combination of elastic potential energy and chemical potential energy in the muscles together with joint positioning that enables rapid discharge of this potential energy via joint flexation.

2) "Unloading" refers to conversion of this potential energy into kinetic energy and momentum.

3) A loaded limb contains potential energy that can be immediately converted into kinetic energy. A loaded limb is partially bent at its major joints.

4) An unloaded limb contains no immediately available potential energy. An unloaded leg may have no immediately available potential energy because it is straight or because it is in a position such as foot off the floor where it cannot bear weight.

5) "Explosive initiation" involves causing all of the muscle fibres in a particular "loaded" muscle group to fire together as if stimulated by a large electric shock. Realizing "Explosive initiation" requires a lot of training.

6) "Compression" is a term coined by Masami Tsuruoka which is generally applied to tension of front trunk muscles while allowing the back muscles to extend.

7)>"Expansion" is the opposite of "compression" which involves tensing of the back muscles while allowing the front trunk muscles to extend.

8) Malcolm Fisher refers to simultaneous "loading" and simultaneous "unloading" of the upper and lower halves of the body.

9) Foot Pointing: (sometimes referred to as pointing the big toe of the loaded leg). An important element of Fisher Shotokan involves pointing the plane of the foot long axis and knee of the loaded leg at the target. This foot pointing involves substantial ankle training because absent that training with the heel down most peoples rear feet at best point 45 degrees away from the target. Pointing the loaded foot at the target is essential to achieve full engagement of the leg muscles.

10) Hip Spinning: Another important element of Fisher Shotokan involves hip spinning. This action involves explosive hip rotation similar to that of olympic figure skaters who execute jumps with three to four rotations it the air. A lot of dedicated training is required to successfully implement hip spinning.

11) Serious Practise: Most karateka actually only practise three to four hours per week. Mastering Fisher Shotokan involves training closer to 30 hours per week. It is a time commitment that most people are unable to make. Consequently it is not surprising that Malcolm Fisher has physical skills that most karateka simply never have the time to acquire.

This web page last updated March 20, 2015.

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