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FISHER SHOTOKAN KARATE

KIHON VIDEOS

By Charles Rhodes, P. Eng., Ph.D. and Sensei Malcolm Fisher

The following external links to videos show Malcolm Fisher and/or some of his former JKA training partners. Note the leg loading, foot position, hip position and speed in each case.

The video clip titled Hip Rotation by Kagawa sensei, Coach of National team of Japan, demonstrates how legs were used in the JKA Instructor Program when Malcolm Fisher was there. Notice that in this clip the focus is on the hip. There is very little focus on energy development in the legs and there is no mention of the fact that the hips only reach the end position due to discharge of energy from the loaded rear leg. However, this clip does show the correct path of the leg and hips while loading and unloading.

Note that this clip shows very little energy in the loaded rear leg. The toes of the loaded leg are as they should be, pointed at the target but, due to the fact that the demonstrator is rotating on the spot instead of starting with his Center of Momentum (CM) over the big toe of the loaded rear leg, which is the optimum Mid-Point Fully Loaded Position (MPFLP), he does not maximize his kinetic energy development.

At the optimum MPFLP, after the initial drop, the shin of the loaded leg has the angle that yields maximum forward impulse, which is a requirement for explosive technique initiation and maximum energy delivery.

Note also the concentration on the finish stance in the video, even when the demonstrator is loading his rear leg for the next technique. The stance at the end of a technique, a reverse punch in this case, should return to where it started, not remain in the position corresponding to the critical instant of energy delivery as is shown in this video clip. This overemphasis on the end stance does not result in maximum energy availability or delivery. In kumite rapid reloading is essential. Finishing a technique at the position corresponding to the critical instant of energy delivery, during kihon and kata training, is an error because such technique finishing teaches incorrect muscle memory. The muscle memory training for kihon, kata and kumite should all be the same.

Note how the demonstrator drops the knee of his rear leg in order to re-load after the reverse punch. That is exactly how the second half of the punch should be completed, except that in order to fully complete the technique the punching fist should immediately retract back to the demonstrators hip with the upper body fully torqued to augment the punch retraction. At the retracted position, the CM should be in the same forward facing plane as is the big toe of the loaded rear leg. This punch-retraction action replicates the reality of kumite.

The leg and hip position demonstrated in this video clip was something that Malcolm Fisher had to figure out himself while at the JKA and Hoitsugan in Tokyo. This position was not taught. However the weakness of this position is the lack of horizontal forward-back CM movement when loading and unloading. The Japanese focus on development of angular kinetic energy via upper body rotation at the expense of linear kinetic energy that can be obtained from the loaded rear leg. More deliverable energy can be developed by moving the initial CM position back to the forward facing plane that passes through the big toe of the loaded rear leg. This initial CM position takes better advantage of the energy storage capacity of the loaded rear leg.

APPLICATION OF THE FISHER ONE PAGE:
The above comments show how application to of the principles set out on the Fisher One Page to a reverse punch improves the energy delivery capacity of that punch. The Fisher One Page explains how to simultaneously fully load the legs and upper body for maximum energy development and delivery within a 1/2 second time frame. This loading is the same for kumite, kihon and kata.

Application of the principles set out on the Fisher One Page modifies the detail of most karate techniques and shows the weaknesses in present JKA karate instruction.

This reverse punch example demonstrates how Fisher Shotokan and it's One Page advances Shotokan and proves Funikoshi Sensei's statement: "There are no Karate styles, just Karate-doh." Shotokan is Karate-doh and Fisher Shotokan demonstrates the most effective implementation of karate-doh.

This web page last updated April 5, 2012.

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