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    Boy this talk really makes some lights go off in my head when thinking about the Shotokan dojo I spent my 20's in. It was all about the big, deep stances, but thinking back, I can't recall the Sensei ever getting down low in those exaggerated stances. The guy was middle aged with bad joints and not exactly fast, but he was basically untouchable as he had an uncanny knack for not being in the same spot you were attacking. I remember thinking many times, "How the heck did he get behind me?"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Yamamoto View Post
    Practice walking across the floor as quickly but silently as you can. Practice a short sprint making as little noise as possible.
    It freak people out when I do that lol. "How does someone as big as you most that quietly?!?" some have said. Its basically like making your legs totally shock absorbers. Everything from your toes and feet to your knees and hips are slightly activated to allow for body support but not braced for maximum stability. It reminds me of someone playing Full/Half back in football. Move fast and then hit hard. I wonder if there would be any utility in the footwork drills for some. Who doesn't want to do tire or rope drills?

    I have always thought of the deep stances in Karate and the like as a place to end up momentarily when getting hit and counter attack. When Brent would be showing us different things and he would throw a punch at me I always want to move into it. To basically punch his fist with my chest as I would set up to hit someone. I see that as how one would end up in a deep stance to setup an attack as it would then put you in a perfect position to launch towards them from a loaded stance. Instead of smashmouth football it would be smashmouth fighting depending on the situation.
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    AND...you do not step into a deep stance...and then hit. Nor do you step, hit, and stay there stopped. Nor does the foot precede the fist. It is movement forward...and through. The problem with only hitting bags or punching posts is that by necessity, you remain stationary. Same with too much g**da*** moth******* range work and live fire. The necessity of the training environment or drill develops horrible habits.

    A proper punch begins in the mind...the eye looking at the target. The hand begins to move toward the target as the feet follow. Then as the hand connects, the lower body supports it and drives through as if hitting with the ground itself. That is the timing. Feel light and then heavy, driving and crushing...then light again. Its a timing...same as the dynamic move off the X in Diagonal Lines and Watch Your Back has a timing from heavy to light and then heavy again as you change directions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kabar View Post
    Boy this talk really makes some lights go off in my head when thinking about the Shotokan dojo I spent my 20's in. It was all about the big, deep stances, but thinking back, I can't recall the Sensei ever getting down low in those exaggerated stances. The guy was middle aged with bad joints and not exactly fast, but he was basically untouchable as he had an uncanny knack for not being in the same spot you wer, e attacking. I remember thinking many times, "How the heck did he get behind me?"
    I get chastised at the dojo I train at (not a teacher there). Its a Shotokan JKA school and I am learning useful things there...but for them the preservation of JKA doctrine is of greater importance than my taller lighter stances, tucked chin, and such. Its ok...I am there to learn and I smile.
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    If they think the high stances are disconcerting, wait until they catch a kick to the thigh....

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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelJames View Post
    If they think the high stances are disconcerting, wait until they catch a kick to the thigh....
    There may have been one or two of those.
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