|Jiyu kumite at the JKA Kumamoto Chuo Dojo (Shototakuhirokan). My secret is to always be not only one but five stetps ahead like my teacher, Asai Tetsuhiko Sensei, was.|
|Jiyu kumite training at one of my seminars. It is utterly essential to be able to apply effective waza in a freestyle context.|
Jiyu kumite proves the truth of techniques and drills: Ultimately, when the things you try in the context of `proper jiyu kumite’ don’t work/fail (whether “with control in the proper way” or with full contact), you address them; that is, you can work to make them effective via the the trinity of kihon, kata and kumite; or, you can cut them out of your karate altogether. Many non-Japanese instructors are now teaching a vast array complex and flash looking drills; yet, they are impractical unless they can be applied in the context of freestyle. Most of what I see is only useful for demonstrations. Still, these `looks based’ demonstrations/practices coupled with longwinded explanations are gaining popularity (please refer to my article ‘Western Karate Drivel’ here: http://andrebertel.blogspot.jp/2014/09/talk-and-thinking-too-much-western.html). In this regard, people should question, why is this type of karate not occurring at the top karate clubs here in Japan. Moreover, why aren’t the best Japanese exponents and instructors training and teaching in this way? One can also question “if this this instructor tried this in Japan against a high level exponent, what would happen?” The answer is very obvious.
|While I do not advocate jodan kicks for self-defence, one must still be able to apply such techniques in a freestyle context.|
|Jiyu kumite with Matt Brew Sensei (Christchurch, NZ).|