12th , 2017
week's thought is from
Dawood Emmenuel with
input from Sensei Rob Neff.
Ueshiro Shorin-Ryu Karate USA
shimasu, Hanshi, Kyoshi, Sensei and Deshi of Ueshiro Shorin-Ryu.
limbs are effective tools which may also be weaponized.
ability to transform parts of our body into various positions
the Karate-ka with a multitude of options. The efficacy
of how we
utilize these weapons crucially depends upon how conscious
we are of
our hands, and the degree to which we clench them. Regardless
stance, the fist must remain clenched so as to avoid the
empty air, which renders the fist lifeless for its intended
clenched fist mimics the solidity of a rock as it dissipates
object upon impact, as opposed to dissipating itself if
it was filled
with air. For our techniques to penetrate at least six inches
target, the fist must be clenched and tight.
to being essential for effective technique, a tight fist
also serves to prevent injuries such as broken bones and
Tight hands alert the whole nervous system to be prepared
offensive and defensive applications. Such tension prepares
to withstand impact from the attacker. For proper transfer
maximum potential energy, the wrist much be straight at
all times. A
wrist bent in any way compromises the flow of energy and
cause a countertransference of energy resulting in injury.
straight wrist our knuckles lose their backing and support.
are certain exercises which reinforce straight/tight wrists
such as pushups, hitting Makiwara, and training with Chishis.
performing Kata, one of the easiest things to forget is
hands and wrists tight. But diligent training allows the
create muscle memory whereby the hands and wrists have a
heightened response, and are always imbued with purpose.
This is of
course difficult since most of our training entails imaginary
targets. But heightened awareness makes it even more effective
put in situations where force is required. Perhaps what
essential is maintaining as much physical awareness
awareness when not executing a technique, e.g., while warming
walking during the day, or sitting at your desk. Such physical
readiness will make our responses and especially
our ability to
respond more fluid and natural, whether entering
the dojo to
practice kata or leaving the dojo to resume our day-to-day
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