3rd , 2016
week's thought is from
Ibrahima Jalloh, Sho-dan at the Ueshiro
Midtown Karate Dojo
blocks are strikes that are just as devastating as our punches.
are there to stop further aggressive behavior from our opponent.
executed correctly they end the fight immediately. They
are the opening
move of almost all our katas, a constant reminder that there
is no first
attack in karate. We should therefore be very cautious when
we use them
especially when working with our training partners during
yakosoku kumite. We are taught to be cautious with our punches
hand strikes and we are constantly reminded to make every
effort to stop
an inch or two away from the target to prevent injury on
the deck. While
we may make contact with an attacking hand or foot to block
reaching its target we should do so cautiously so as not
to cause injury
to our training partner.
Ueshiro Midtown Karate Dojo