Iain Abernethy - The Practical Application Of Karate show

Iain Abernethy - The Practical Application Of Karate

Summary: Iain Abernethy has been involved in the martial arts since childhood. Iain holds the rank of 6th Dan with the British Combat Association (one of the world's leading groups for close-quarter combat, self-protection and practical martial arts) and 6th Dan with Karate England (the official governing body for Karate in England). Iain's popular monthly podcasts cover all aspects of practical martial arts and realistic self-protection.

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Podcasts:

 The Most Important Part of Practical Karate | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 17:14

This month’s podcast is entitled “The most important part of practical karate training” and, as its name suggests, it covers the most important part of karate training! The podcast is just over 17 minutes long and should be of interest to all those who believe karate training should address the needs of self-protection. Please see the foot of this blog entry to download the podcast or listen to it on-line.   I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support of these podcasts and for enthusiastically spreading the word. I’m delighted with the feedback we are getting and that so many people are listening to them. Thank you very much!   I hope you enjoy this month’s podcast and if you’d like to be informed as soon as next month’s is available, please be sure to subscribe to the newsletters. Thanks once again for your support.   Best Wishes,   Iain

 The Most Important Part of Practical Karate | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 17:14

This month’s podcast is entitled “The most important part of practical karate training” and, as its name suggests, it covers the most important part of karate training! The podcast is just over 17 minutes long and should be of interest to all those who believe karate training should address the needs of self-protection. Please see the foot of this blog entry to download the podcast or listen to it on-line.   I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support of these podcasts and for enthusiastically spreading the word. I’m delighted with the feedback we are getting and that so many people are listening to them. Thank you very much!   I hope you enjoy this month’s podcast and if you’d like to be informed as soon as next month’s is available, please be sure to subscribe to the newsletters. Thanks once again for your support.   Best Wishes,   Iain

 Kata: Why Bother? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 18:15

Welcome to the latest Iain Abernethy.com podcast! This month’s podcast is called “Kata: Why Bother?” and it discusses the nature and value of kata from a practical viewpoint. It also asks if there is a place of kata in modern training or if it is increasingly becoming an archaic waste of training time? The podcast is around 18 minutes long and is based on an article I wrote a number of years ago. The podcast also looks why kata were created in the first place and suggests how we need to approach kata if it is to have value as a record of combative techniques and as a training method. I hope that you enjoy the podcast and as always any feedback will be gratefully received (iain@iainabernethy.com) Best Wishes, Iain

 Kata: Why Bother? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 18:15

Welcome to the latest Iain Abernethy.com podcast! This month’s podcast is called “Kata: Why Bother?” and it discusses the nature and value of kata from a practical viewpoint. It also asks if there is a place of kata in modern training or if it is increasingly becoming an archaic waste of training time? The podcast is around 18 minutes long and is based on an article I wrote a number of years ago. The podcast also looks why kata were created in the first place and suggests how we need to approach kata if it is to have value as a record of combative techniques and as a training method. I hope that you enjoy the podcast and as always any feedback will be gratefully received (iain@iainabernethy.com) Best Wishes, Iain

 Bag Workout! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 22:05

This month’s podcast and video lesson have been combined to provide a guided workout on the bag! I figured it was time we did something practical in addition to all the theory we have been discussing.  What you first need to do is watch the video clip below. It will briefly explain and demonstrate all the various drills included in the workout. You then should download the podcast (right click on “download”) and burn it to a CD or put it on your MP3 player.  If you listen to the podcast whilst working out on the bag it will guide you through the drills and tell you when to stop and start. The whole workout lasts around 20 minutes and can be put at the start or end of your training sessions. Done correctly, the workout will develop aerobic and anaerobic fitness, explosiveness, muscular endurance, technique, power and the correct combative mindset.  The workout is structured as follows:  Hands only (1 min – moderate pace) Kicks only (1 min – moderate pace) Hand & Feet (1 min – moderate pace) 1 Minute Rest Heavy Hands Single Shots (1 Min) Explosive Combinations (1 Min) Continuous Straight Punches (1 Min) 1 Minute Rest Hands & Feet with Lots of Movement (1 Min) Close-Range Strikes (1 Min) 30 Seconds Rest 4 Straight Punches – 4 Hooks (1 Min) 1 Minute Rest Anything you want (2 mins) Jab-Cross-Hook-Cross Pyramid (1 Min) 1 Minute Rest Hands only (1 min) Kicks only (1 min) Hand & Feet (1 min)  If you watch the video clip, it will explain and demonstrate what each of the drills listed above involves, and the podcast itself will provide further guidance and reminders.  The workout is structured around time, and it will depend upon your skill level and fitness as to how much you get done in that time. The workout should therefore be suitable for martial artists of all levels. That said:  IMPORTANT: This workout can be both technically and physically demanding and should only be attempted by those in good health who have received prior instruction in the safe use of a punch bag from an experienced and qualified person. You attempt this workout entirely at your own risk!  I hope you enjoy the workout and find it useful. Please let me know your thoughts and if this workout proves popular, I’ll produce a few more workouts for other aspects of training. You can also subscribe to the newsletters via the main site (www.iainabernethy.com) to be informed as soon as future workouts are ready.  All the best,  Iain

 Bag Workout! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 22:05

This month’s podcast and video lesson have been combined to provide a guided workout on the bag! I figured it was time we did something practical in addition to all the theory we have been discussing.  What you first need to do is watch the video clip below. It will briefly explain and demonstrate all the various drills included in the workout. You then should download the podcast (right click on “download”) and burn it to a CD or put it on your MP3 player.  If you listen to the podcast whilst working out on the bag it will guide you through the drills and tell you when to stop and start. The whole workout lasts around 20 minutes and can be put at the start or end of your training sessions. Done correctly, the workout will develop aerobic and anaerobic fitness, explosiveness, muscular endurance, technique, power and the correct combative mindset.  The workout is structured as follows:  Hands only (1 min – moderate pace) Kicks only (1 min – moderate pace) Hand & Feet (1 min – moderate pace) 1 Minute Rest Heavy Hands Single Shots (1 Min) Explosive Combinations (1 Min) Continuous Straight Punches (1 Min) 1 Minute Rest Hands & Feet with Lots of Movement (1 Min) Close-Range Strikes (1 Min) 30 Seconds Rest 4 Straight Punches – 4 Hooks (1 Min) 1 Minute Rest Anything you want (2 mins) Jab-Cross-Hook-Cross Pyramid (1 Min) 1 Minute Rest Hands only (1 min) Kicks only (1 min) Hand & Feet (1 min)  If you watch the video clip, it will explain and demonstrate what each of the drills listed above involves, and the podcast itself will provide further guidance and reminders.  The workout is structured around time, and it will depend upon your skill level and fitness as to how much you get done in that time. The workout should therefore be suitable for martial artists of all levels. That said:  IMPORTANT: This workout can be both technically and physically demanding and should only be attempted by those in good health who have received prior instruction in the safe use of a punch bag from an experienced and qualified person. You attempt this workout entirely at your own risk!  I hope you enjoy the workout and find it useful. Please let me know your thoughts and if this workout proves popular, I’ll produce a few more workouts for other aspects of training. You can also subscribe to the newsletters via the main site (www.iainabernethy.com) to be informed as soon as future workouts are ready.  All the best,  Iain VIDEO INSTRUCTIONS   MP3 FILE FOR DOWNLOAD

 The Pinan / Heian Series | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 21:10

 Hi All, Please find below the latest podcast! You can listen to this podcast online using this blog’s built in player, or you can download it to listen to later. In this latest podcast I cover the combative application of the Pinan / Heian series of kata. These kata are sadly often considered to be little more than a form of physical exercise for children or beginners. However, it is my view that the Pinan / Heian series do in fact represent a coherent, complete and highly effective civilian combat system. Some of the reasons for why I hold that view are covered in this podcast. This podcast includes information on the fighting style of Anko Itosu (the creator of the Pinan kata), why the Pinan kata are structured as they are, an explanation for why Itou’s opponents were said to frequently end up face down and unconscious, the combative progression that is central to the Pinan series, etc. The recent video lessons included in this blog have included instruction on how the Pinan / Heian kata counter datums (grabs) and how there is a progression in the methods used as we move from one kata to the next. It is my hope that watching those video clips and listening to this podcast will give you the background information to begin to appreciate the way in which the Pinan / Heian kata are structured and how they should be applied. I hope that you enjoy this podcast and, as always, any feedback you’d care to give will be gratefully received. All the best, Iain

 The Pinan / Heian Series | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 21:10

 Hi All, Please find below the latest podcast! You can listen to this podcast online using this blog’s built in player, or you can download it to listen to later. In this latest podcast I cover the combative application of the Pinan / Heian series of kata. These kata are sadly often considered to be little more than a form of physical exercise for children or beginners. However, it is my view that the Pinan / Heian series do in fact represent a coherent, complete and highly effective civilian combat system. Some of the reasons for why I hold that view are covered in this podcast. This podcast includes information on the fighting style of Anko Itosu (the creator of the Pinan kata), why the Pinan kata are structured as they are, an explanation for why Itou’s opponents were said to frequently end up face down and unconscious, the combative progression that is central to the Pinan series, etc. The recent video lessons included in this blog have included instruction on how the Pinan / Heian kata counter datums (grabs) and how there is a progression in the methods used as we move from one kata to the next. It is my hope that watching those video clips and listening to this podcast will give you the background information to begin to appreciate the way in which the Pinan / Heian kata are structured and how they should be applied. I hope that you enjoy this podcast and, as always, any feedback you’d care to give will be gratefully received. All the best, Iain

 The Benefits of Strength Training | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 18:48

Hi All,  Please find below the latest Podcast! We’ve had a lot of feedback from the podcasts and plenty of you have been writing to let me know what subjects you’d like me to cover. One topic that kept coming up was weight training for the martial artist. As you may know, I am also a qualified weight training coach and a keen weight lifter. In this podcast, I discuss some of the fundamentals you need to be aware of if you are to make weight training an effective supplement to your martial arts training. This podcast also covers how I personally train with the weights and the methods I’ve found the most effective. I hope that you enjoy this podcast and find it useful. As always, all feedback will be gratefully received.  All the best, Iain

 The Benefits of Strength Training | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 18:48

Hi All,  Please find below the latest Podcast! We’ve had a lot of feedback from the podcasts and plenty of you have been writing to let me know what subjects you’d like me to cover. One topic that kept coming up was weight training for the martial artist. As you may know, I am also a qualified weight training coach and a keen weight lifter. In this podcast, I discuss some of the fundamentals you need to be aware of if you are to make weight training an effective supplement to your martial arts training. This podcast also covers how I personally train with the weights and the methods I’ve found the most effective. I hope that you enjoy this podcast and find it useful. As always, all feedback will be gratefully received.  All the best, Iain

 How to set your goals for 2007 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 13:02

Traditionally this is the time where many of us set our goals and resolutions for the coming year. I’ve therefore prepared a short and timely podcast on the basics of goal setting for this blog. It’s important to have goals, but if these goals are poorly defined they do little to help us. By following the method outlined in the podcast, your goals will have meaning, will help guide your actions, will give you a measure of your progress, will motivate you and will help you achieve the things you want in 2007; both inside and outside of the dojo. When most people come to set their new-year resolutions they are often about all the negative things they want to stop doing. In addition to getting rid of a few bad habits, I’d also encourage you to set some positive goals for 2007. There must be loads of thing you want to achieve and accomplish in 2007 and the simple goal setting methods discussed in the podcast is certain to help you. I’ve used the method to ensure progress in the martial arts and in all other aspects of my life. I hope you find it as useful as I have! More details of the goal setting method introduced in the podcast, and other tools that will help you achieve your ambitions for 2007, can be found in my Mental Strength book and DVD. I hope you enjoy the podcast and it helps you to set the goals that will make 2007 your best year yet! Have a good one! All the best, Iain

 How to set your goals for 2007 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 13:02

Traditionally this is the time where many of us set our goals and resolutions for the coming year. I’ve therefore prepared a short and timely podcast on the basics of goal setting for this blog. It’s important to have goals, but if these goals are poorly defined they do little to help us. By following the method outlined in the podcast, your goals will have meaning, will help guide your actions, will give you a measure of your progress, will motivate you and will help you achieve the things you want in 2007; both inside and outside of the dojo. When most people come to set their new-year resolutions they are often about all the negative things they want to stop doing. In addition to getting rid of a few bad habits, I’d also encourage you to set some positive goals for 2007. There must be loads of thing you want to achieve and accomplish in 2007 and the simple goal setting methods discussed in the podcast is certain to help you. I’ve used the method to ensure progress in the martial arts and in all other aspects of my life. I hope you find it as useful as I have! More details of the goal setting method introduced in the podcast, and other tools that will help you achieve your ambitions for 2007, can be found in my Mental Strength book and DVD. I hope you enjoy the podcast and it helps you to set the goals that will make 2007 your best year yet! Have a good one! All the best, Iain

 The Keys to Understanding Kata | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 18:36

At the foot of this post you’ll find the latest Iain Abernethy.com podcast! This podcast is just over 18 minutes long and covers the fundamental keys needed to understanding how kata should be applied. It is knowledge of these keys that will enable the karateka to understand the “language of kata” and hence understand what the physical moments of the various kata represent. The podcast can be listened to online using this blog’s built in player (just click “Play Now” or the grey play icon). You can also download the podcast to listen to later on your computer or MP3 player by right clicking “Download”, then click “Save as”, and then choose the location you’d like to save the podcast to. I hope you enjoy the podcast and find it useful. All the best, Iain

 The Keys to Understanding Kata | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 18:36

At the foot of this post you’ll find the latest Iain Abernethy.com podcast! This podcast is just over 18 minutes long and covers the fundamental keys needed to understanding how kata should be applied. It is knowledge of these keys that will enable the karateka to understand the “language of kata” and hence understand what the physical moments of the various kata represent. The podcast can be listened to online using this blog’s built in player (just click “Play Now” or the grey play icon). You can also download the podcast to listen to later on your computer or MP3 player by right clicking “Download”, then click “Save as”, and then choose the location you’d like to save the podcast to. I hope you enjoy the podcast and find it useful. All the best, Iain

 The Benefits of Fear | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 15:16

“The Benefits of Fear” and is around 15 minutes long. The podcast discusses the three main ways in which fear is good for us; both from a martial perspective and from the view point for helping us achieve all the things we want from life. This podcast also covers some of the issues discussed in more depth in my new Mental Strength DVD

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