Technique of the Week (June 3rd, 2007)
From Dan Gobillot, Shihan - Northampton Ueshiro Karate Dojo
Any and every technique should be able to end the fight immediately.
The art of striking in hand to hand combat or in war is based on two
principles, accuracy and energy. Accuracy is how close you get to
hitting the target while energy translates to how much power you
The less accuracy you possess or the further away from the
intended target you get the harder you have to hit. The closer you
come the less energy you need. In hand to hand fitting using the
precepts of karate the self defensive art, block the attack
aggressively in order to intimidate and damage your opponent.
Offensively or defensively attack your aggressor accurately with full
power every time.
Never toy or play with your opponent and be aware
that missing the target may further provoke him. All techniques in
ourkata delivered accurately and with sufficient power can cause
physiological damage to vital areas. It is our understanding of the
art shorin ryu that determines the effective target as practiced in
our kata. If you are not sure of your target you had better
hit really hard.
Kime spiritual focus is one of the most important elements in the
development of kiai. Kime directs the mind and body during aconflict.
It can help steel the warriors will over an opponent allowing him to
achieve deeds thought impossible. This technique can and is used in
combat but it can also be employed in day to day conflict and adversity.
A proper defensive mind set is quite simple. To be most effective it
should be reflexive "him, down, now". Defend or counter attack with
one purpose, end the fight immediately.
As a self defense tool for yourself pick one technique and practice it until
you are positive that it will serve you well to end any altercation.
If you should find yourself in this situation and
feel you must act make this youropening and ending technique.
The primary principle of kime is to focus your entire being on
achieving your objective. To apply kime remove all else from your
world except the task at hand. Commit physically and mentally with
every bit of speed and strength toward your one end. Correctly
executed your whole body will snap like a giant spring producing
explosive force to end the conflict.
It is said the eyes are the window to the soul. To find your target
and track it avoid focusing on any one area of your opponent.
Sometimes we hear advise directing us to focus on the chin and neck
area or the head. Be wary of resting your gaze in any one place.
Remember the words of the famous swordsman Miyamoto Musashi, "keep your
gaze large". Center your gaze on the portal of your opponents spirit.
That portal is his eyes. This does not mean stare into the eyes of
your opponent. Dominate him with your focused spirit and destroy him
with your kime.
Domo arigato gozaimasu,
Dan Gobillot, Shihan - Northampton Ueshiro Karate Dojo