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Karate Wausau

People often ask, what is the difference between Karate and Taekwondo?  First off, Karate is usually considered a Japanese art and Taekwondo is a Korean style art. 

Karate has really taken off in the last few months due to the remake of the movie, the Karate Kid.  Whether it is a Korean, Japanese  or Chinese art, most people do not seem to care, primarily because they do not know the differences yet.

Every Japanese art I ever trained in was very rigid and disciplined.  Most instructors did not want to cater to children because kids usually can not handle the ridgidness of classes.  Now days many instructors have become a little more open too being nicer and attracting children.   That is because they had to or they would be like the “Maytag repair man”,  with no one training in class but themselves!

 Taekwondo has become one of the most popular arts in the country primarily due to  really cool kicks which are appealing to kids and adults.  The classes are disciplined and instructors are more understanding of children’s needs in training.  By that I mean they have developed skill drills which build coordination, timing, speed, focus and keep kids having fun while staying on task.  

I have heard some comments from people that the movie, the Karate Kid should  have been named differently because they did Kung Fu, instead of Karate.  Did it really matter?  To some people it does.   But I say, don’t get too hung up on the small stuff, just enjoy the movie and the ideas behind the movie. 

Some people train for many years in the martial arts.  You could say to them, you aren’t doing this or that art.  You can’t do them all!   I feel like I tried that, but you have to keep your knowledge attainable or you are chasing after too much.  For an instructor, you have too look at what is most important for students to learn and focus on those areas.  I have always felt that self defense is extremely important, sparring helps tune in those skills, forms help work on balance, breathing, focus, timing, grappling helps with the ground defense and other techniques just too name a few keep everyone striving for excellence. 

 Mr Heil and myself sat on the testing board at Mission Lake where some students advanced to higher black belt levels such as Mr. Schuster/3rd degree, Mr. Zinkowich/2nd degree, and Miss. Rogan/1st degree.  These individuals put a ton of effort into their training and they are helping in classes all the time to help you learn your techniques more effectively. 

In our Wausau Karate school, one of our instructors’, Mr. Adam Salazar has been teaching Karate, Korean Karate, Kung Fu forms and extreme martial arts to our students.   He has been with me for about 14 years.  He can see a form, practice it for a few minutes and do it like he had been training with it for years.  He and other students showed off their techniques in our demonstrations and tournnaments throughout the Midwest area for years.   Adam wants to spread some of his experiences and training to students who want to push themselves a little harder than the average person.  He may be opening a branch school in Antigo, early 2011 if everthing works out. 

If you want to challenge yourself, now is the time to get it done!  We are setting up our tournament competition team/demonstration team to prepare for upcomming events. So talk to Mr. Salazar or Mr. Malone to get involved. 

Friday evening classes, during the speciality class are the best times to work on your tricks, flips and creative techniques.

Self Defense Wausau

What is the best self defense method to learn?  One that works for you.  Use the KISS principle.  Keep it simple stupid or simple sweet (if you don’t like to use the word stupid).

When practicing a self defense move, a technique should work almost every single time they are used.  Nothing works 100 percent but some self defense moves work  better than others.

What makes a move work consistently and another not?  Sometimes you have not practiced the technique well enough, or the move is not practical.

If you have a very large opponent on top of you and they have you by a hundred pounds, things could get a little tough for you.  I have heard people argue, that with their style,  you can defeat a larger opponent if you learn the moves correctly.  But, they will complain that a fighter they trained did not win because their opponent was 10 pounds heaver than they were.  I always wonder what happened to the comment  “it doesn’t matter how big they are “.    That changes when the reality comes into play.

How does a smaller opponent do a move, that will work consistently on a larger or smaller opponent?  Use a move that does not require strength and capitalize on your opponents weaknesses.

No matter what style you train in, your opponent still has to see and breathe.  Hit them in the eyes, throat or groin.  Poke in the eyes, strike them in the throat or groin.  Those always work in self defense situations.

So keep to the basics and do what works.  Easy techniques do not require much strength.  Even a child can poke you in the eyes.    It still hurts.

Self defense does not have to be difficult, it only needs to get done when needed.   Keep it simple sweet!