October 21st 2012
Ron Marchetti Shihan, Ueshiro Cocoa Dojo
Considerations Regarding Tandren Kumite Adjust the force / power to provide a spirited exchange, but limit the force / power to the capability of each training partner
Shorin Ryu Karate encompasses traditional karate training techniques centered around kata development and practice. Other techniques are employed such as Yakusoku Kumite (pre-arranged fighting) and develop a controlled response to a realistic attack. Tandren Kumite (three point arm training and high low punch/block) is another controlled technique/exercise where training partners develop a feel for a strike and block minimizing the risk of injury. Responsible practice dictates that the use of force and power during Tandren Kumite be gradually developed so as to prevent injury. It is imperative t hat Deshi communicate with each other during Tandren Kumite to adjust the striking force to the limit of the smaller / weaker Deshi.
It is simply too easy to overpower and injure a weaker, smaller Deshi. There have been periodic complaints where one Deshi seeks to overpower the other causing much arm bruising and pain. This is not allowed and is not effective training. Rather than overpowering, communicate and adjust the force to allow the weaker/newer/smaller deshi (especially women and children) to dictate the striking force level.
It is suggested that during each class where these techniques are practiced, the instructor inform the class regarding this practice and the controlled use of striking force to prevent injury.
Additional information regarding Tandren Kumite and other techniques can be researched in Shorin Ryu Okinanwan Karate Question and Answer Book ( Red Book) page 44. Also, see Building Warrior Spirit (Green Book) pages 22-25.
Sensei Ron Marchetti
Shihan, Ueshiro Cocoa Dojo