Budo Juku Kickboxing club started in 1992 and quickly grew in popularity. Instructor Arthur Meek used his boxing experience mixed with his Wado Ryu fighting methods to form a club that was perhaps more casual in its approach to class structure than Karate but still maintained the highest standard of discipline. Students who don’t wish to take grades or practice Kata can take on the more direct form of fighting training in the form of regular partner drills, pad and bag work as well as sparring. In 1998 Arthur took his first handful of students to a kickboxing event in Camberley Surrey and the Budo Juku club has been competing regularly ever since. In 2004 the Bridgwater club held its first ‘home show’ with no less than twelve local fighters, male and female, competing against all comers. It was a huge success and was a catalyst for other shows to follow and many more students to take up the sport. Like Arthur in his younger days several Karate competitors have cross-trained in Kickboxing and made their way into the full contact ring From the first training session it normally takes up to twelve months of regular training before a novice can step into the ring for his or her first bout. Not everybody has the ambition to compete in the ring and so there are many students who train without doing so, but there is no escaping the regular sparring practice that is significant to any Martial Art. Light sparring is nearly always a part of the training session helping develop the confidence and practical ability of each student. Depending on the progress of each individual the level of contact during sparring will increase until mutual heavy sparring can become the norm. This can take many months under close scrutiny of instructors. A typical training class will often end with a run around the nearby park In 2005 it was necessary to form an advance class separate from the beginners to allow all students to advance in their own right. Wednesday is now a thriving class of students who have all either been in the ring or are about to do so and therefore train to a higher level. Tuesday is a beginner’s to intermediate level where novices are brought through safely. There is a Sunday class that is open to all members.
There is a beginner’s class in which juniors stay until they reach the level of 6th kyu (green belt). Club instructor Arthur Meek feels that the beginner’s period should last for up to one year when a junior member can take their time to develop not only the technical aspects of Karate but also the correct mental attitude. Junior members are encouraged to spar safely at an early age because kids have an abundance of energy so they love to don some mitts and get competitive. Although there is no face attacks allowed in the beginner’s class they are more than ready to step up to more serious stuff when they advance to the colored belts class. Children are encouraged to compete in either Kumite or Kata competitions whether it is within the club or at an inter club contest. Without doubt the majority of the senior grades in the adult class have filtered through from the junior classes. It is unavoidable that many young Karateka fall by the wayside for various reasons but the more stoical become valuable senior club members.
Over the years I have had the privilege and the benefit of training under, training with, competing alongside and against some of the world's renowned Wado Ryu Karate practitioners. Here is a brief overview of some of my own personal memories and experiences. My training has been borne out of a desire to develope a fighting skill and instinct. Without doubt getting started in Wado Ryu Karate was the catalyst towards this objective. The early Wado days were an inspiration because of the characters that were already international figures and role models. I believe, too, that the style of Wado Ryu enabled me and others to fit well into other systems because of its flexibility and athleticism. I know of many martial artists who are still Wado practitioners but who also study Jiu Jitsu, Ken Jutsu, Kickboxing and the like and this can enhance, in return, the further study and development of Wado Ryu Karate.
If you are just a beginner, you have a long way before you until you will learn how to fight like a pro. Martial Arts refer to many various systems of training for combat that have been systematized and perfectly arranged and you would be surprised to discover that there is actually a science behind it. Knowing that the purpose of Martial Arts is to defend against threats and physically defeat opponents, how can you succeed all that with physics principles?
You can learn the complex science of effective fighting techniques with the help of a professional trainer. But you will have to practice for months until you will learn a few important motions. First of all you should know that there are five distinct categories of Martial Arts: low impact style, grappling styles, weapons based styles, striking styles and MMA, which is actually a hybrid sports style.
Wrestling, Karate, Kung Fu, Judo, Aikido, Boxing and Tai Chi are only some of the Martial Arts. Bruce Lee practiced Fung Fu, but he had mastered the one-inch punch, which is still famous among Martial Arts practitioners. Forget about crumbled concrete slabs and broken boards. Bruce Lee’s strike was very powerful, even though it started from only one inch away from his opponent.
Not anyone can do this strike. In fact, many people cannot even understand it. Try to explain it to a boxer, a postman or to a London escort on http://www.escortguide.co.uk – they will not be able to put it into practice. The biometrics behind this strong punch owes more to brain structure rather than body or raw strength. Bruce Lee delivered the blow starting from his legs. He involved his full buddy in this punch and this intricate movement could have killed someone in seconds.
However, it is not about killing your opponent. Our goal is to make you understand how he managed to hit this powerful strike from just an inch away. Without its rapid and explosive knee extension, he would not be able to deliver this blow. But Chi – his vital energy – plays a crucial role and you will never succeed to have this punch without knowing how to control and use your Chi for that.
The science behind his punch is quite simple, in fact: his trailing and leading legs straighten followed by a fast knee extension as his body turns, lurching the shoulder and pushing his arm forward. The wrist is flicked right before the impact, so the fist velocity is enhanced even more. It will take you months of practice, yet your punch will never be this strong. The force of the blow is compressed because you have to pull back immediately after hitting the target, still you will never succeed to deliver this powerful strike. Neuroscience can explain this punch. But you should learn how to fight and move your body correctly if you want to have strikes that can only be explained with science. Come to our Martial Arts Center and you will find everything you want to know about the science of fighting.