There will be no training on Thursday 6th May as the centre will be closed due to the general elections.
Worried about personal safety? Can you defend yourself? Try our Self Defence Seminar.
The seminar will be from 7.30-9.30pm on Thursday 29th April in Studio 1 at the Queen Mother Sports Centre in Victoria. The cost will be £15 (£10 members/staff). The 2 hour seminar will cover the theory and practical application of personal safety, awareness and basic self defence techniques. It will be run by Sensei Cailey Barker, the founder of Bushin and a highly professional instructor with over 25 years experience in martial arts.
No need to book, just wear your normal clothes and turn up! Look forward to seeing you there.
Recently we’ve been concentrating on converting simple defensive moves into strong counters. In Bushin, we follow the 5 step rule: dodge (yoke) > guard/cover (bogyo) > crush (hishigi) > block (uke) > catch (kakete). This is a simple progression from a move which is simple, passive and defensive to a move which is more complicated, active and attacking. For example, for an attack involving a simple swing punch or haymaker (furi zuki) to angle 2 or 4, the possible defences are:
1) Side dodge (yoke). Using bodywork to move the head out of way. Usually quicker than using your arms and a safe move if executed well.
2) Cover (age uke). Raising your guard slightly to deflect or absorb the attack. Very safe but difficult to turn to your advantage and the attacker is free to continue.
3) Crush (hishigi). Similar to above but you bring your elbow into play, thus destroying the attack. Usually the attacker will come off considerably worse and often puts the offending hand out of action.
4) Block (oshi uke). Pushing the hand and whole arm out the block the attack. Requires accuracy, timing and a degree of confidence. Probably the least safe method of defence but puts you in the best position to counter.
5) Catch (kakete). Hooking from the block and catching the arm or wrist. The offending arm is now immobile and you are in a great position for an advanced counter. From here it is possible to throw, lock, pin or even break. Nasty nasty nasty.
All these defences have their merits and there is no right or wrong in any of them. It all comes down to position, timing and opportunity. When practising its better to start with step 1 and master your bodywork. Once you have this down pat, it provides a great foundation to move the next step. Usually simple is best. The fancy stuff can come later its more important to create a safe position for yourself and ultimately not get hit!