Friday, 17 April 2009

Wado Ryu Karate with Tatsuo Suzuki

Todays weekly videos show demonstrations from the great Wado Ryu master Tatsuo Suzuki. Some claim, that Sensei Suzuki is one of the last few remaining people to teach pure authentic Wado Ryu karate rather than a sport based system which many claim is Wado Ryu.

The below videos show Tanto Dori (knife defences) and Idori (defences from a kneeling position). What sets Wado Ryu uniquely aside from most other karate styles is its Shindo Yoshin Ryu Ju Jutsu influence which the founder, Hironori Ohtsuka blended with Shotokan Karate which he learnt from Gichin Funakoshi. Sensei Suzuki clearly shows this influence in the videos and that it is a major part of pure Wado Ryu.

Martial artists who practise ground fighting may be surprised how some of the Idori techniques may have cropped up in there own training or sparring such as body movement, leg and hip movement and rotation of the hands over the opponents to break certain grips (especially in Gi grappling). Enjoy!


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KarateStudent said...

KarateStudent("KS"): Wado-Ryu Self Defense /
Tatsuo Suzuki:

Let's upfront admit karate has its limitations.

They're all evident here in these really boring slo-mo videos. The sensei's opponent is relatively small vs. say, Rampage Jackson. He is kind-of a passive training partner. The self-defense moves often look mechnical. Are they practical? They seem a little complicated to pull off.

KS must admit, though, he is a little biased favorably on japanese karate training. Even though karate forms are called 'hyung' in Tang Soo Do (TSD), KS tends to refer to forms as 'kata' (Shotokan, japanese karates).

Let's look again at the videos, not from a ready-to-go fighting standpoint, but from a training one.

FIRST, under the Lunge Punch post, karate was shot-full-of-holes for being meaningless and impractical. Here, that strategic criticism is erased. Once basic techniques are learned, the traditional progression says now learn how to use them.

SECOND, it's not against Rampage. Well, realistically, we don't run into the Rampage Jackson everyday. And from a training viewpoint, doesn't it make more sense to start with the average opponoent when you are trying to build your skills? Save Rampage for advanced testing, rather than overwhelm yourself and lose the lesson.

THIRD, what about the cooperative 'uke?' Point A, refer to SECOND above. Sparring, as MARKS as pointed out in his sparring posts, the place for reality testing, and with varying degress at that. We're not there in the training progression.

FOURTH, the mechanical approach aids learning and understanding the effect of the technique on the opponent at each step. For non-athletic types like KS, I can now catch on. The sports-gifted may learn faster, but do they learn it better?

FIFTH, they don't look pratical. Well, the fighting situations are presented and the big miss here is that you have to start somewhere; then people say, "Oh, that's not perfect."

Moreover, let's agree that not every technique turns out to be practical. Bigger picture? Let's say the sensei trains you in 25 self-defenses techniques, each averaging 3 to 4 parts & techniques. That 75 to 100 moves. Choose the 1/3 that work best for you, and that's still 7 or 8 defenses with 25 to 35 moves. Now you have an arsenal of applied defenses, not just that g_d-awful 'lunge punch.'

SIXTH, they're too complicated, cumbersone to pull off. Wait, we've heard a raft of criticism that karate is too plain and simple to work, not 'clever.' Now, here we are told its too good, now too clever to work. Huh? What these objectors are usually guilty of is that they can't do the demanding karate training, but they can do something else that's not so taxing.

As KS said, the criticisms of karate start to fall away once you seriously train. The even bigger miss by the above start-out list of Karate weaknesses is no mention of MENTAL training.

Isn't a huge lesson the discipline presented by the participants in doing this kind of arduous training? The diligence shown to train until they get it down pat? How about the accuracy

KS doubts that a fighter holding to the mental standards alone, provided by Sensei Suzuki's training, would make the same, repeated mistake in fighting technique as did Chuck Liddell in the UFC knockouts he RECEIVED.

KS's favorite part of these videos is the opening. The Master presents himself as a man of iron fighting technique and iron fighting will. As for the super-fighter opponent, isn't the UFC list of Lyoto Machida's (Shotokan)prospective opponent's getting thin?

See KS's follow-on Comment / 1-Step Sparring @ MARKS post "Sparring Mistakes and Progression.

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